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SLIDESHOW : Hand Framing

SLIDESHOW : Hand Framing
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Using two hands and closing one eye, you can quickly see how a live subject can fit into the rectangle of your paper or canvas. This slideshow gives you the view from the artist’s eye so you can do this classic technique.

 S L I D E S H O W

Hand Framing • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

1. Use your two hands in L-shape to make a frame around your subject


2. Visualize the rectangle. Is it the same proportions as your paper?


3. Look to see where the subject interacts with the frame

About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children’s books with over 5 million in print worldwide.
See his paintings at

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