For this abstract pencil drawing lesson, students studied the composition of movie posters. We discussed how the artist created a focal point or center of interest. We clearly noticed one part of the image before anything else. Why? How did the artist make your eyes notice the focal point first? After looking at Spider-Man, Up, and a few other movie posters. We noticed the focal point was usually pretty large compared to other things in the image. We found many lines and shapes in the image leading to the focal point. And thirdly we noticed the use of color featured high contrast, light and dark colors together, to draw attention to the focal point.
Our drawings feature just that--they have a clear focal point created through size, leading lines and contrast. They are also shaded carefully to have equal amounts of black, white and gray.