I've been practicing drawing faces lately and sometimes I post the results to instagram. This has led me to figuring out that I can make even the faces I don't like look better with some clever cropping!
I drew/painted this face with a water soluble graphite pencil:
Cropping saved this hideous disaster...
- A busy scrapbook layout can be tamed by cropping it down and matting it onto a plain piece of dark cardstock.
- A too busy bit of painting or art journaling can be softened by painting in some white space -- this is essentially cropping it down, just without scissors.
- A total craftastrophe usually goes into my "scrap drawer." I often pull these pieces out and slice them up to use as collage fodder for new art! For whatever reason the sliced up pieces have beauty that the original just doesn't.
What do you think about creative cropping?