Creating Realistic Images

A realistic image is an image that a viewer with no special training can easily recognize as representing a real object or scene. Creating realistic images is a foundation skill upon which many art forms depend. Foundation Art Skills (FAS) concerns several skills that are involved in creating realistic images.

Since their earliest development as cave dwellers, humans have created images that were attempts to represent reality and involved various media and techniques. Most pre-historic art was somewhat symbolic and involved abstraction of subjects with which early humans were familiar. This skill of abstraction indicates the early development of intelligence, communication and society. As civilization developed, artists began attempting to depict things in a way that was consistent with what they saw. The subject of Art History is primarily concerned with tracing artistic evolution and traces the development of fundamental skills and techniques in great detail; this website is more concerned with development of the skills, knowledge and personal enjoyment involved in creating art. Foundation Art Skills (FAS) presents the following primary skills for creating realistic images:

  1. Depth :
  2. Accuracy :
  3. Composition :
  4. Color :
  5. Figure drawing :
  6. Motion :

There is considerable overlap within these subjects so some material may be presented or referenced under more than one skill. To minimize repetition, presentations will be cross-linked where appropriate.


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