Friday, May 2, 2008

Now, I see clearly

Ok, I know what you must be thinking... What's this??? Right?

Well believe or not I can always see more clearly when I squint. He, he.. I know.. that doen's make any sense.. but it does actually.

See, what happens is when you squint, you are able to focus more on 2 really important elements of an illustration.

1. Balance in a composition
2. Balance in color

Something kind of magical happens when I squint that all the distraction fades away and I am able to see more clearly those important elements.

So if you see me working, you'll see me squinting every now and then. Ha! Ha.. I even squint while putting all the lights on the christmas tree! Makes those little white lights pop and I can make it all nice and balanced :o)

Go ahead, try it for yourself and see....


Dallan said...

Me, too. Ever see "Little Big Man" with Dustin Hoffman? I always think of him when I do the squint thing.

P.S. I love your blog!

Alicia Padrón said...

Hi Dallan! No haven't seen that movie, must check it out though. I love Dustin Hoffman, such a great actor.
I'm glad you are like me.. a squinter :o)

Thanks for visiting us!

roz said...

I'm going to have to try that!

patrice said...

Great tip, Alicia! Thanks!

Alicia Padrón said...

Yes Roz, try it, you'll see. My husband makes fun of me... he says I put up this funny face when I work. :o)

Your welcome Patty :o)

Kathy Weller said...

This is so cool -- GREAT POST!!! You so rarely hear about this but you are so right.

My first design teacher taught us to squint as a creative tool. She said "See my wrinkles?? If you're an artist, you're going to have these too whether you like it or not, because you have to SQUINT!". Paraphrasing there, but you understand!! She was BIG on squinting :) She was also a very tough teacher, so I knew she wasn't joking around. ;) Now, I squint all the time.

Alicia Padrón said...

Hi Kathy!! I'm so glad you are also a squinter!! He, he... :o)

We are not alone then! Loved your story of your teachers.. There is always that special teacher that really gets to us, and we seem to always remember what they used to say. I had some myself.