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Whenever I draw a person or an animal, I always start with the eyes. I know I should draw out the basic shapes first, but for me, if I don’t get the eyes right, the drawing doesn’t work.
This is a challenge for me working with torn paper art. I need to work from the background to the foreground. Often the eyes are the last part I work on. It really bugs me as I look at the empty stare of the sketched eyes while I’m pasting paper elsewhere.
You can see in these photos the progression on the collage I call, “Foxy”. I start with a sketch. In this case, I tried different compositions. Once I like the drawing, I transfer it to the canvas and get to work.