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How to make abstract art that people want to see

In this tutorial I am to encourage users to put more thought into their abstract art. I think a lot of folks have the idea that abstract art is just what's left when you have no more ideas. So, these people draw something thinking "I'll just put this in abstract and no one will notice". People do notice!

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Two Umbrellas by lastcrazyhorn




Step 1

Abstract art can be a description of the real world, or it can be something completely out there. In this picture, I chose to do the outlines of two people standing in the rain. They're just outlines. I wanted not to draw the people themselves, but the objects in the picture and the space between.

Read this article on abstract art: [ LINK ] . They reiterate the need for skill and time and thought to be involved in the production of an abstract piece.


Step 2

Thus, I emphasize the umbrellas and the man's glasses. I add small details that draw your gaze, but I'm not making anything loud or flashy. That's not the mood of the piece. I think that's it's good to have emotion in a piece of art (abstract or not). Generally, abstract art is a bit more intellectual than regular art. It takes more thinking to perceive it and to do it. It goes beyond what you see normally from the normal angles sight.



Step 3

You have be able to demonstrate some kind of artistic skill that shows through your piece. Scribbling does not count as skill in my mind. I mean, technically, according to the rules (or lack thereof) of abstract art, it does count; but in terms of this website, you're not going to get a very good reception if all you did was use the fill tool to make a "rose" in .3 seconds. Abstract art takes some kind of thought, some kind of purpose.

In this picture, I used the airbrush tool to help create depth on the umbrellas. Light and dark. That's what this picture is about. Focus and non.


Step 4

Like I said, this picture is about where I want you focused. I didn't draw the people, I drew the space around the people. Yet, you can still see the people. I didn't emphasize the people, I emphasized the edges of the space. I DREW the umbrellas. That's the point. But it's not specific. It just . . . is.

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