Be Curious - Notice What You Like - Part 1 and 2

Using the viewfinders

  • Hold the edge of the viewfinder and look through the ‘window’ at your view. Always hold it at arm’s length so that your view will be consistent once you’ve started drawing
  • Move the viewfinder around, looking at different views – it’s like looking through the viewfinder of a camera – until you find a view that’s interesting and pleasing to the eye 
  • If using a movable viewfinder, you can vary the size and format (shape) of the window as you look at the view, using the paperclips to hold it together when you’ve decided on the view you want to draw
  • If using a fixed viewfinder with a rectangular window, you can hold it so the view is horizontal (called ‘landscape’) or vertical (called ‘portrait’) – see examples below


  • The viewfinder can also be used to select a section of a larger object, and can even be placed over an object if you can make it stay in place
  • Relate the shape of your drawing to the shape of the viewfinder window – a long narrow window will result in a long narrow drawing, a square window will result in a square drawing, and so on
  • Go to the following exercise ’Draw a scene’ and use the viewfinder to help you to select a scene to draw
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