Internal Frames

Take some time to study a scene before establishing your viewpoint. Natural frames — such as a doorway, window, a gap in foliage, or even a shadow cast by an object — will launch the eye on an imaginary journey to the back of the drawing. Reference points — objects encountered along this journey — establish successive planes within the drawing.

The space beyond an open door is a clear cue to explore beyond the foremost plane of this drawing. Three further planes established by the table, the column, and the recessively-colored foliage create the illusion of a real physical space.

Japanese ink drawing A clear frame in this drawing is established by the bare branches of the birch tree in the foreground. The road, which narrows towards the horizon, eventually vanishing into the misty background, reinforces a sense of movement through a scene.

The space beyond an open door is a clear cue to explore beyond the foremost plane of this drawing. Three further planes established by the table, the column, and the recessively-colored foliage create the illusion of a real physical space.

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FRAMING AND PRESENTATiON

Mounting and framing a drawing will protect it from damage and enhance its presentation, but also plays a role in defining the meaning of the work. A cut mount placed over a landscape is literally a window on to the world you have depicted and so naturally imparts a further sense of perspective. The difference a mount can make is evident in the drawings below.

Floating mount The quality and color of the hand-made paper support the image; the visible rough edges of the paper impart a natural quality that references the drawn scene.

The drawing flows naturally to the edge of the paper.

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