How I cre­ate… a wood­land fan­tasy scene

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1 Sketch your ideas

My first sketch is a land­scape, and the deer is ac­tu­ally on the far left. This stage is when a lot of el­e­ments can be changed, and some artists spend too long try­ing to fi­nalise the com­po­si­tion. I be­lieve that a draw­ing is an ad­ven­ture. Take one step, and let that de­ci­sion af­fect what you draw next.

2 The Golden Ra­tio

The lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop fea­tures the Golden Ra­tio (or Sec­tion) tool. This works best be­tween two char­ac­ters look­ing at dif­fer­ent ob­jects in the scene. If you over­lay the Ra­tio over the char­ac­ters you might even find that all your el­e­ments are in their ideal lo­ca­tions al­ready.

3 Pull in the viewer

Each of my fig­ure’s ges­tures re­sults in what I call a feel­ing of grav­ity. The main char­ac­ter is bend­ing for­ward, and the sec­ondary el­e­ments fol­low this mo­tion. Leave a space for the viewer in which they can place them­selves in the scene. This fur­ther in­creases the viewer’s affin­ity with your com­po­si­tion.

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