Capture attention using composition as a strategy

In this article, we will talk about a strategy to capture attention, and it is nothing more, and nothing less, than the composition. What is it, and what elements will we use to compose it in the drawing? Pay attention to all the points and capture the attention using composition as a strategy Continue reading!

What is composition in drawing, and how do I capture attention?

When we talk about composition, in any art, we are alluding to how we organize our fundamental elements.

Notes, in the example of music, rhythms and meter, are some elements that the musician has at his disposal to organize them in different ways.

In this way, he can compose different pieces, according to his intentions.

Nothing is left to chance, so certain strategies are needed to achieve what you want to cause in the listeners at the time of writing.

In this discipline, there are professionals with the title of “composers”. They are dedicated exclusively to this task, studying and executing the necessary arrangements so that others can interpret their writings and diagrams.

In drawing, we also use this concept: “Composing”. Therefore, in our task, we have to pay attention and create strategies to organize as best as possible the elements involved in each image we produce.

What are the elements we use to compose in drawing?

To know how to compose and organize our drawings, first, we have to detect which are those moldable elements with which we work daily, creating images with the pencil.

Line, shapes, directions, figures, contrast, value and color are some of our fundamental elements.

By being able to distinguish them, and testing all their interactive possibilities on the sheet, we will be able to manage our images in a different way.

In this way, we will send clearer messages, achieving the desired effect on the readers of our work.

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Drawings can also be read

By showing our drawings, we invite observers to read our images.

By means of the composition, we will be able to organize the reading path, leading the viewer to stop in an orderly fashion at the points that interest us.

We must have this very clear at the moment of creating, since it implies our deliberation in the process, and our intention, regarding the hierarchies of attention we want to give to our drawing.

This will model an order of reading. To achieve this goal, we present and analyze one of the most practical strategies to experiment with.

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Focal Composition Strategy

The focal composition

The focal points are those points of attention in an image, produced by means of different types of contrasts, these will call the attention and particular concentration on the totality of the elements that compose the drawing.

Perhaps, we find images that have a well-defined point of attention, leading the eye with all the concentration to that place. However, others may have several competing points of attention.

Also images that do not have any specific point of attention. So, taking into account this distinction, let’s see in detail an example of each one:

Focused: It is that composition, where you can clearly distinguish a visual focus of attention, over the rest of the figures and elements that appear. It is generally established by the incorporation of great contrasts.

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Multifocal Composition

In this type of composition, there are several focuses of attention, the eye can make a tour through different important focuses.

In these cases, we can register each figure independently, and recognize the importance of each one, without stopping at one point above the others.

composicion multifocal

In Yue Minjun‘s painting, we can see how we encounter a set of figures.

In them, our sight can distinguish each one individually, and thus, highlight their importance, while the vision can begin by analyzing any one of them.

Homogeneous Composition

It is the one in which an even attention is generated in the whole surface.

This happens due to the non-existence of contrasts, but these contrasts are extremely subtle, or they are so many that the vision cannot order them.

Images of this type lead the observer to find an image in which it is difficult to dwell particularly on any pre-established detail.

This type of drawings can be seen as a whole, as a plot or texture.

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In the illustrations of “Looking for Wally” by Martin Handford, he proposes images with a homogeneous composition, where there are no precise contrasts. Therefore, when we see them, we miss a plot, which we can read from any point.

Important information and data

It is important to take into account this classification when making our illustrations. Since, we can choose and diagram, the most useful model for our work.

When viewing or analyzing other illustrations, we must keep in mind that the limits of this classification of compositions, Focused, homogeneous, and multifocal, are not always precise.

There may be cases in which we see certain tendencies that combine the possibilities.


As we mentioned in the article, capturing attention through composition is fundamental, so we hope that all the points mentioned above will be useful to you.

We give you clear and precise examples of each composition so that you can either make them in one way or combine them.

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