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Grab attention from a distance, with Genzoman.
Ask any artist and they’ll always say how great it feels when they find out one of their artworks resonates with the viewer, or a review notes that it has plenty of detail or a great finish.
I appreciate it when someone says that a particular image of mine caught their attention from a distance. Why? Well, we live in a world that’s full of visual stimuli. Making your paintings stand out in this sea of images is essential if an artist is to become successful. So an image that can be read within a few seconds and from a distance helps a lot. For several years I worked as an editor for advertising agencies, where clients were happy for an image to be complex as long as it was also simple to read. I remember when I handed over a piece of artwork to a client and the response was: “The picture you did is okay, but it doesn’t work well enough from a distance.” And the client was right.
I went away thinking about artists such as Frank Frazetta or Mike Mignola, who have the skill to rank certain elements in order of priority within an illustration, so that the viewer instantly knows what they’re looking at.
So being a good illustrator and having the skill to apply numerous art techniques to the canvas is always important. But equally key is being able to create an accessible image that catches the eye from distance, which pulls the viewer in and takes them around the composition. Allow me to pass on my tips for achieving this, and more, in your art.