The creative process determinedly provides options. Approach is one of those options. Realism is an approach to visual communication. Realism, idealism and stylism are approaches. Imaginative realism is an approach. Figurative and non-objective abstraction is an apporach. Each approach can effectively visually communicate mood, meaning and message. Each approach has its own charms, yet they share the same rules of composition.
This section will introduce you to each of these approaches.
This is a detail of a masterwork inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park. The approach is imaginative realism, otherwise known as surealism.
Below is a realistic apporach to drawing a pine tree, step by step.