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Old 04-14-2006, 09:19 PM
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Question Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

This is a study for a drawing, done after a photo I took in my backyard last winter. The working title is "Shadowdance".

I'm really not satisfied with the upper right one-third of the piece, feeling that the distant background doesn't add anything. Rather, it leads the eye away from the shadow play in the fore- and mid-ground.

One possible way to deal with this would be to keep the landscape format, but extend the dense woods on the left all the way across the field of vision, thus maintaining the long shadows in the mid-ground and the intimacy of the fore- and mid-ground. Another possibility, which I'm leaning toward right now is to go to a portrait format, giving up the long shadows in the mid-ground, and emphasizing the birches in the foreground.

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Old 04-14-2006, 10:00 PM
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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

hi don, nice work! I'd go for the portrait sizing. I can't really envision anything else working well. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:31 PM
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Hi Don,

For me,the landscape format works better, but you have a problem.

In the portrait version, my eye tends to focus on the foreground trees, then runs up to the top, and follows the background trees right off the canvas.

the same thing happens in the landscape format, but with the landscape format, you can add a stop that brings your eyes back down to the shadows, which when angled a little more will bring the viewer right back to the foreground trees.

this stop needs to be something that draws the viewer back down. A small stream, a rock face, a large fallen tree trunk, or something like that would work.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

Hi Don. I like te subject and have done a small tweak to see if I can help you with this problem. I've opted for a square, trying to emphasize the design elements of those wonderful shadows.

i hope this helps!
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Hi Don!

First I'd like to say that your drawing is beautiful. The monochrome medium suites the subject very well. I grew up in the Mid West (Ohio) and feel your very sensitive drawing has really captured the winter's beauty there.

I agree with what Mike suggested and thought Leigh's square format had merit so I took the liberty to combine them in a quite creative way. I moved the background trees to the right and reversed the slant of the edge of the woods.

In this arrangement the background trees provide a stop for the eyes and their shadows provide an intriguing counterpoint to those in the foreground.

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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

I think the portrait version works best because in the landscape version the trees and the shadows are of similar size and it looks static. (Simple rule: make no two intervals the same).

The square format is a compromise, there is less of the problem, but I still think the portrait version wins.

The creative use of shadows running in two directions requires the intriguing indea of two suns (Sorry Don, could not help it...)
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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

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The creative use of shadows running in two directions requires the intriguing indea of two suns (Sorry Don, could not help it...)

You mean like this?

http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...ary_stars.html


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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

OK folks, enough with the two suns already! We have trouble in Michigan getting the sun to appear one day out of every three or four as it is. We'd never get two.

I decided to go with the portrait format, as below.
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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

The earlier version was beautiful Don, but this one has taken the beauty to another level. I don't recall where I first read that 'Art is about problem solving' but it stuck in my mind. The evolution of your work is a perfect example of this.

So often one sees exceptional rendering in drawings but they lack a compelling design and 'life'. Yours has it all.

Nice work

Thanks for sharing it.

Of course I'm a little bit disappointed about the two suns... ;o)

cheers,

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Re: Help with Format for a Landscape Drawing ?

Ok that last one I like the best
good work
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