Dramatic Drawings Created with Lost and Found Edges
The Illusion of Line
A drawing does not have to be an exact reproduction of what you see, to convincingly convey a form. Keep your options open while working on a composition. By working with lost and found edges, there is room for interpretation. For instance, a change in light transforms how we see an object. Just think about the dramatic photographs of movie stars in the 1930s.
Lost and found edges in drawings suggests whole shapes. Surprisingly, every last detail does not have to be drawn in order for your eye to "see" a whole apple. Your eyes and mind are very astute; they will finish the shape even if the line drawn doesn't. As human beings, we innately understand rhythm and contour. If you leave part of the shape out, the drawing will have a more subtle, natural feel. After all, we are not computers, we do not see in line, we see in shapes.
Bringing Black & White Drawings to Life
Lost and found edges are particularly striking in black and white drawings and paintings. A painting that is initially very graphic, which is perfect for some applications, can be softened by the judicious use of lost and found edges. Please take of note of the gingko leaves below. Notice that not all edges of the gingko leaves are joined. They still "read" as gingko leaves because your subconscious understands what the line in the picture is trying to convey.
How to Work with Lost and Found Edges
Here's how to work with lost and found edges. Start with a composition or subject you are familiar with.
- Begin to draw the subject or whole composition.
- As you're drawing, lift the pencil where the area may curve inward or outward and leave about 1/4" of this space open.
- Right after 1/4" space start to draw again.
- Repeat this process randomly throughout the shape and watch what happens.
Try this method with different subjects. Cats, plants or anything with an irregular angle or curve is a great place to start. Congratulations on creating your first lost and found edge style drawing!
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