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To achieve drama in a fantasy art composition the artist can use visual distortions of the elements, extremes of lighting, dramatic scale variations, and unusual or disturbing positioning of the focus of attention. These tricks are particularly exploited in the production of comic book art, where the repeated use of the comic strip as a vehicle for images and text can be monotonous.


Artists often select a viewpoint from which the elements draw us into the picture (1 and 2). Drawings need not conform to the actual laws of optical perspective (3). Some elements can be enlarged dramatically.


Note the use of dark and light areas (4) to direct the readers' attention. The cutting away of the edges of subjects (5) or selecting dramatic positions (6) adds emphasis.

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