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A landscape frame comes in very handy. Not the sort that finished artworks are placed in, but a piece of card with a window cut out of it, which corresponds to the shape of the picture you wish to produce.

Hold up the frame in front of the landscape you are about to draw, in order to decide which part of the view you really want to work on. You always need some way of limiting the parameters, so that the final picture doesn't become too broad for your drawing base.

In the large picture below, there are three outlines superimposed on the general landscape, and you might decide to use one, two or three in your final composition. Each has possibilities but you can choose for yourself the one that is most satisfying to your aesthetic sense.

2. A more concentrated version

Figures and faces

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