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Old 03-21-2012, 06:32 AM
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Fuzzy background

So I have a good pic of a horse I'd like to draw, but the trees and some of the fence in the background are a bit out of focus. Should I draw out of focus or use artistic license, and draw everything sharply as long as it doesn't take away from the main subject of the drawing?
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:40 PM
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Re: Fuzzy background

I would say keep a loose feel in the background and have the COI being the horse...

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Old 03-21-2012, 09:52 PM
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Re: Fuzzy background

I say fuzzy background. To do that, I would paint the background relatively "normal", and when the wet paint has set up a bit, I'd use a 1", clean, soft, dry, Taklon, flat brush, and beat the heck out of it, using random, criss-cross strokes, in a blending process. That will result in a very nice, appropriate "blur".

If doing that causes your paint to "spill over", or to encroach upon the main subject, just let it. Then, re-establish the main subject, either while the background is still wet (if you want to create a few soft edges), or after it has dried, if you're more interested in sharp edges.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:55 AM
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Re: Fuzzy background

I like the surroundings of the main subject to be subordinate. I haven't seen your ref, but I'd be leery of sharpening the surroundings even more than they already are. IMO, knowing where to selectively reduce detail is one of the most important things that makes a good painting.

Another thought: I can think of 2 kinds of softness. Sometimes softness in backgrounds in photos is due to it actually being out of focus (due to the limited depth of field of the camera...often done intentionally for aesthetic effect...possibly what you have in your reference pic). But sometimes it is not necessarily out of focus but rather it's just less contrast and color differentiation (distant mountains and buildings in smog are like this).
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:59 AM
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Re: Fuzzy background

i Guess u don't need to be over realistic... too much detail will ruin the taste xD
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:48 AM
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Re: Fuzzy background

Thanks to all. Fuzzy it is then. Guess I'll go with what I see.

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