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These pictures show how to adopt a certain viewpoint to lend drama to the scene. Drama and space are two important features of a large landscape, and you can take advantage of this when you are faced with drawing them. The examples here show one with a man-made feature which helps to define the space dramatically. The other is totally natural, with vast size and energy, the sheer spectacle of this force of nature inspiring us with awe.

The first is from Monet's Railway Bridge at Argenteuil (1874) in which his viewpoint is down near the level of the river, with the bridge and the nearby trees and bushes looming above. The puffing, rolling steam from the railway engine pours off the bridge, the broad piers of which appear almost too big for the minimal construction it supports. The reflections also help to emphasize the height of the bridge over the rest of the scene.

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