Friday, February 8, 2019

Study in guiding the eye #2

focusing with value study of beach fence Feb-6-2019 after edits
Study in guiding the eye based on an "S" composition 

Continuing with my studies in guiding the eye, this one is from a different reference image than the last one. I chose this image because I wanted to explore using the "S" letterform as a basis for the composition.

navigating with value study of beach fence Feb-5-2019 block-in
Initial block-in

I thought I was finished at this point, but something wasn't sitting well with me. I took the image into Photoshop and tested out a few edits, which helped my eye flow around the painting better. Instead of the light area in the upper left, I continued the grasses off the corner, and I lightened the three posts on the left edges of the fence to reduce the contrast and unlock the eye from stopping there or fighting with the highest area of contrast on the right.

focusing with value study of beach fence Feb-6-2019
Before making edits

focusing with value study of beach fence Feb-6-2019 after edits greyscale
Greyscale check

For the next study I'd like to try bringing the overall values up higher, get more paint on my brush, and blend less.