Saturday, January 9, 2010

Anantomy of a Painting, Part 3.2

Artists often use something called thumbnails (rough sketches as small as a thumb) to make composition and design questions about such things as "How does a viewer's eye travel through?" or "Which arrangement feels more pleasing?" Here are the two versions side-by-side, as small as I could make them for posting. Call the one on the left "Cropped" and the one on the right "Feet." Below are diagrams of how I think the movement of the values works (green= middle/gray value movement, red= darks.)

What I want to know is, do you have a preference for one over the other? I'm having trouble making up my mind. I can always paint as in "Feet" and cut it down later, but the parameters do affect painting decisions enroute. So, please vote for Cropped or Feet and let me know!

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