Varied Levels of Attention  

 Varied Levels of Attention  

 Varied Levels of Attention  

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• Various areas of a painting/drawing are designed to attract more attention, other areas of the painting/drawing are meant to attract less attention, while still other areas are meant to attract little or no attention

Artists can make certain subjects/shapes more prominent by making them larger, more colorful, better lit, harder edged, more detailed, by placing them near the center of the piece, and/or by placing them in the foreground. By varying size, color, lighting, edges and placement, multiple subjects/shapes can be given a hierarchy that helps to direct the viewer's gaze from the most prominent subjects/shapes to the lesser and back to the most prominent. Artists might choose to vary the prominence of the subjects/shapes in order to depict an actual hierarchy or in order to create more drama within a piece.

Featured: Sacred Spring by Paul Gauguin.

 Varied Levels of Attention  

 Varied Levels of Attention  

 Varied Levels of Attention