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Old 08-11-2004, 02:31 PM
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I've recently done the WDE with this entry, but I think I could have composed it better by not having the elk in the centre as per ref photo.... what are your views to improving it compositionally?
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:40 PM
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hi would agree with you about the elk but otherwise its lovely
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Thanks Lori! But, where would you place it, and why?
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Yepp, moving the elk would improve the composition. Suggest moving it to our right.
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Old 08-11-2004, 05:08 PM
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Yepp, moving the elk would improve the composition. Suggest moving it to our right.
Henrik, thanks...and the rationale for that would be....?
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Old 08-11-2004, 06:06 PM
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oh sorry - rationale is that the elk is obviously moving across the painting from right to left. Moving the elk closer to the left edge would make it look like it is just about to step out from the scene, but stopped briefly to take a look at the viewer. Placing it on the right gives the viewer opportunity to fantasize about what is going to happen next.

This particular topic was also discussed in "Deer in the snow" http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=205471 where a deer enters a field.

We tend to look where figures in the painting look, and we tend to look in the direction of what we believe to be a moving object. It is therefore good to have space (or some other compositional device) on that side to allow the viewer to return to the subject. I.e. to make sure viewer does not go off canvas.
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Old 08-11-2004, 06:09 PM
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And it follows that if you want your elk on the left, you should mirror the elk.

However, as westerners tend to read images the same way as text (from left to right) the viewer is likely to be introduced to the elks butt first
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Hi Deirdre sorry didnt realise it was a trick question but now that I am posting after Henrik not much that I can say that he hasnt. Next time will try to give full answer
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Thanks Henrik, that makes a lot of sense! Thanks for the info!

Lori, it wasn't a trick question ...I just wanted to know the reasoning for placing it within the picture with regard to making a better composition, that way, I can decide which placement suits my needs!
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