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Composition advice

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:04 pm
by Shoethief
Hey guys. I wanted to get some advice on composition cause I feel like it's one of the areas I need the most help in.
Though optimally I'd like to get a job penciling a comic book, I'd also like to improve my digital painting skills.
I usually feel like there's something not quite right about the finished composition but I can't put my finger on it.
The character is a friends OC and the same dude in my sketchbook.
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Composition advice

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:39 pm
by Sycra
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Hey there, I think it's a cool image, but you're right about your concerns with the composition... The problem is that you have all these direction lines pointing in random directions. So your eye is being led all over the place. And a lot of those lines are taking your eye right out of the canvas. I did a quick paintover, changing the fish, some of the sharks, leg and head position and added a foreground element that all point back to the character. If you do want his head in the position you have it, it seems like he's looking down off the page, so maybe you should include whatever he's looking at. Also, try to stay away from such a central composition... I also recropped the image so the character's head ( the focal point ) is further off center.

Anyway, it's really a VERY nice image here. Really well painted!

Composition advice

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:37 am
by Shoethief
Thank you Sycra for the information is extremely helpful and EXACTLY what I needed!

Composition advice

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:35 am
by Shoethief
So after some advice from Sycra and Dan Warren, I went all in! Thanks again guys!
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Composition advice

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:28 am
by Kingw777
very sick. hes an xman now ? looks great!

Composition advice

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:59 am
by Shoethief
Kingw777 wrote:very sick. hes an xman now ? looks great!

He was before you can just barely make out the X on the front of his wetsuit capri's lol.