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11-29-2002, 01:58 PM
Hi, never posted here before but I could do with a little advice! Was inspired today by the clouds as the sun set, and the silouhette of trees against it, and decided to do a watercolour. Thing is, I'm not sure what to put in. Below is a silly little sketch thing I did on the PC, is this composition ok? Or should I include more of the trunk and the ground?

Alan Cross
11-29-2002, 02:02 PM
Hi Sarah why don't you do a real quick pencil sketch with the shading .....that would help much more to see what you are going to do....
Alan :)

11-29-2002, 02:20 PM
Will do, mind its a real faf with my scanner! Got to restart and do loads of annoying program things. So might take a while! :rolleyes:

11-29-2002, 02:37 PM
Ok here is a v quick pencil sketch:

Alan Cross
11-29-2002, 03:29 PM
Gee that wasn't that long.....ok its looking good so far....might want to watch how many trees you put in the forground....good luck keep me posted!
Alan :)

12-01-2002, 09:13 AM
Just thought I'd show the finished painting, I'm quite happy with the composition.


Alan Cross
12-01-2002, 01:27 PM
Yes good girl Sarah it works fine.....NIce colors also
Alan :)

12-01-2002, 06:37 PM
Sarah, nice work. Something to think about for your next composition; try to make sure you do not divide your scene around the middle - in this you have bush on lower half, and cloud on upper half. A simple rule of thumb is that things look better if you use 1/3 - 2/3 division instead of 1/2.

Cool idea with the braches infront of the design. In fact you could push the branches higher. That way you would get the 2/3 effect. (See attached image where I added some branches; I hope you don't mind). The branches are also touching the cloud but they do not overlap; overlapping looks better.

(I am posting another version too; so hang on).

12-01-2002, 06:39 PM
Now, that was perhaps not the effect you were after (maybe too many branches; and the ones I edited in sure did not look good ;)

The mountain ridge has an interesting outline, so maybe instead some branches should be removed. And while at it; a little depth could be created by having a smaller bush further away....

But that was perhaps not what you were after...

12-01-2002, 08:49 PM
and henrik beats me to it again ;)

Alan Cross
12-03-2002, 12:44 PM
Now Henrik how do you do that?
Alan :confused:

12-03-2002, 02:09 PM
Thankyou all for having a look! Henrik, you are right, thanx for the composition advice.

12-08-2002, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by Alan Cross
Now Henrik how do you do that?
Alan :confused:

He KNOWS what hes doing...

12-08-2002, 10:04 PM
arlene...that man has the fastest fingers on the continent...LOL:D

Alan....because he is an EXPERT...;)

12-27-2002, 09:33 PM
My first impression besides the half and half composition was the fact that the thicker branches on the right drew my eye right off the painting. They would be ok if there was another thick branch as an eye blocker to the right of their tips that pointed more tword the center of the painting.