Hotel Newspaper - August 2018
One way to quickly check the composition in your art whether it's a drawing, painting, or photograph is to bring the image down to the size of a thumbnail or postage stamp. A well-designed picture will look just as good small as it does enlarged because when it's reduced in size all the specific details are minimized, and the underlying structure becomes apparent.
In contrast, if you shrink your image down and everything blurs together, chances are the design isn't successful. In most compositions, you should be able to see a dominant horizontal, vertical, and diagonal line regardless of your subject or how large it's viewed. For example, in the photograph below (taken in Maine with a Leica MP240) you can still see dominant lines even though it's been reduced to various sizes. Click here to learn more composition tips and techniques.