De­velop a dy­namic com­po­si­tion

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The com­po­si­tion and place­ment of the char­ac­ter in the il­lus­tra­tion is es­sen­tial for in­tro­duc­ing dy­namism to the paint­ing. I al­ways try to im­ply a slight torso move­ment, which avoids a straight and bor­ing pos­ture. Plac­ing the char­ac­ter’s face in the cen­tre is a clas­sic ap­proach and works well, but I also like to nudge the char­ac­ter to­wards a cor­ner of the im­age to add a lit­tle orig­i­nal­ity, and free up space in the scene. I find that slightly tilt­ing the char­ac­ter’s head helps to add vis­ual in­ter­est and life to an im­age.

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