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11-14-2011, 03:32 PM
i read a website article about composition
after i made this set-up in charcoal before using the sticks ,
and put in red X points which are a no-no .
- indistinct line/separation between objects , heavy corners ...


any thoughts ?

Ed :}

11-14-2011, 05:08 PM
Maybe it would be helpful if you put numbers and, later, a key about each X. Would be a fun game. I see mirroring images, kisses, and stuff too close to the edge, for example.

11-14-2011, 06:31 PM
That would be a cool diagram explaining it. You can also move the objects around to eliminate those tangents and do a second sketch, showing how much better the composition looks without it. Very cool you posted this!

11-14-2011, 10:35 PM
This could make a perfectly good painting as is. In my opinion, most of the compositional rules are merely suggestions to "possibly" keep an artist from making big boo-boos. Tangents are only a major problem when they cause confusion about what is in front and what is behind. I don't see any of those tangents in this composition.

Obviously, these are just my opinions and don't jive with the accepted wisdom of today.


11-16-2011, 02:34 PM
Bonnie - thx . i have the thread pix in file with x's .

Robert - thx
the colours are analogous ,
and there is a certain posture which suggests a conversation ,
so i'm staying with this comp .

Don - thx !
it's a b&w sketch which doesn't have values .
i'm playing with multiple light sources before i go forward .

Ed :}

11-17-2011, 07:53 AM
- blocking in the underpainting .
since this is now a wip , it may belong in Studio ,
but i thought to post b/c the colour seems to change foci .
> shadows will add more intersects .
>> a simple set-up ain't necessarily so .
- fun tho :)

Ed :}
ps. the darkest mass is a 10" dinnerplate ,
and everything is to scale (??!!)