Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Kind of found it difficult to focus this evening. Work makes me sleepy... God, why do I even go. Takes away from my art-ing time >:


  1. does it not bother you that the triangles are similar sizes? if you don't, you can of course most definitely ignore what i'm about to say.

    the triangles weren't really about direction/navigation; they show that you repeat similar shapes which bring similar levels of focus to each of themselves. they're all... the same size, all these focal areas. and then there's just these void spaces between them filled with water and sky, bringing more attention to these triangles i see. the meteor is the brightest point of the image, but the towers have the most dramatic range of contrast. city and meteor, having same levels of focus, are then divided by a portion of grey sky, which happens to have the same height as the tower and the meteor's tail. next, my eye automatically and almost immediately goes to the wave crashing the left rock, because not only does the green land piece's edge hit tangentially the tip of the wave of the triangle of the city but the triangle of the wave+rock are the same sizes. and then i just keep seeing these three triangles (subtracted the lady's hair triangle since it's changed).

    do you ever become impatient with getting your concept down in full? i don't know if this advice applies, but maybe you zone in on developing details in the image too early. be more organic with composition; look at your image as a whole, constantly, and use varied shapes and watch the darks (shouldn't the foreground dark be different from the background dark?).

    you work details well and your brushing technique is evolving.

    the hair looks great. i like the water, especially where it crashes.

    1. Maaan. You know me too well.

      Usually when I start painting something, I try blocking in a rough composition, but in lacking a concrete idea I end up doodling more than anything, and elements end up being added later on, and the composition breaks down in a bad way. Also, I still have a lot of trouble doing analysis on the composition of my own pieces. I make that mistake of not varying the sizes of things pretty often, too, along with in general having competing focal points.

      I guess that's just something I'm going to have to study and practice by forcing myself to consider the whole composition before ever moving forward.

      For now, I'll try and do what I can to this piece to fix the issues you mentioned. Thank you for helping me see the faults that would otherwise go unnoticed! Eventually I won't need your help quite so desperately, but I think that's a long, long way off.