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Old 03-16-2016, 07:05 PM
A.R.Roebbelen A.R.Roebbelen is offline
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Need a little help with composition...

I'm trying to come up with a composition for a painting I'm working on. I've attached the thumbnail. The person I'm doing the painting for wants a picture of trees and mountains. I'm doing the trees/leaves in gold leaf against a cloudy blue/grey sky and a dark, shadowy mountain. I wanted some of the grass to have hints of gold leaf as well. I'm just not sure if I'm leaving too much negative space...

Also, the small dot in the picture would have been a person in the distance, but I'm thinking of scrapping that idea.

Any tips?
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:22 PM
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Re: Need a little help with composition...

I think you have the workings for a pretty good composition. I think that the person could work and give it a focal point. Right now that is the focal point. I would recommend considering adding more trees on the left side, but giving them variety in size and placement. Otherwise it will look like they were planted in a row at the same time.

The area in the middle acts like a road that can be helpful in leading the eye into the picture. However, a road, path or river that leads straight into the picture can lead the eye too fast. I would suggest creating a path of some kind that snakes around or at least place shadows or some kind of texture running more in a horizontal direction across the path to slow down the eye. Otherwise the eye of the view will move and lightening speed from the foreground to that center of interest. It is usually better to create a path where the eye can stroll through the picture as you lead it.

Keep in mind also to try to keep your values darker and colors brighter toward the foreground and make them lighter and cooler as they recede.

Hope that helps a bit.


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Old 03-17-2016, 08:37 PM
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Re: Need a little help with composition...

Please keep the person.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:16 PM
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Re: Need a little help with composition...

Nice comp, yes, Are you using two-point perspective? With an impromptu comp like this, (I'm assuming) applying some rules afterwards, but only a little bit, can help if you think hthat something is missing.
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