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Composition #2 – Lead-In Lines

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Theory
Try to encourage the viewer’s eye to go deeper into a picture. Lead the eye around the frame by using:
[straight lines, gentle curves]

[imaginary lines formed by picture elements]

Always make sure there is an object at the “stop” point where the line finishes, which reinforces the lead into something tangible.

Examples

[The Time Tunnel – lines converge towards the figure in the bottom left hand third]

[Sunlit Cloisters – imaginary lines formed by arches and shadows converge towards the two windows at the end of the corridor]

[The Long Trek For Water – curved line formed by the footprints lead to the figures at the water hole]

[Lights On London Hill – the snaking s-curve leads off into the distance, but the presence of the car heading towards us stops the eye wandering off too]

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