I did a terrible job explaining viewfinders…

… but this guy does a great job.

Our approaches are somewhat different, but the point is the same. He shows how to make a clear plastic viewfinder, as well as the “hole in the index card” style that I described on page 30 of Look at That! I especially like his explanation of why the gift of peripheral vision (visual field) adds a challenge to sketching. Check it out from about minute #3-4 in the video. Crystal clear.

A great surprise is when you use a viewfinder (thus eliminating peripheral distractions), you suddenly feel like you have a zoom lens available as well. Your focus can magically deepen when it no longer has to go wide.

The good news, as I said on page 41 of Look at That!, is that you don’t even need to sketch. You can just practice looking. And as you practice, you will be able to see more, discern more, enjoy seeing more.

You never know what freedom awaits around the corner. Give it a go!


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Finally, thanks so much for spending some “aloft” time with me.

About Bobbie Herron

I live surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, and journals- often wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. If you like what you're reading, feel free to share it with others. If you see something that needs correction, please let me know. Thanks for visiting!
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