How do the edges of a page affect drawing composition?
Pre-Experiment Observations…I like to draw big. I like to move my whole hand and my arm when I draw. This is reflected in how I hold my drawing tool. Drawing with my fingers really only happens when I am working on details. Because of this, I am more inclined to use a larger sheet of paper. I want to find out how the size of the paper and the area defined for drawing might affect my drawing composition.
Questions…How do the edges of a page affect my drawing composition? Are my drawings better when I use a large full sheet of paper? Is there a difference in my drawing when I allow the edges of the paper to create the borders of my drawing compared to when I draw the borders of my drawing first?
Post-Experiment Observations…Defined borders (which can be adjusted later if needed) seem to help drawing composition. Without them, there are no clear shapes that surround the subject matter and connect the subject matter to the edges of the drawing. These supporting shapes are important to the overall composition.