Monday, April 12, 2010

Lady and the Fox revisited


I did some adjustments on the dress. First of all, her dress has 2 components. The dress itself and the top layer. The top layer had 2 different functions. One was to make the dress less static by underlining the 'frightened' emotion (like it is blown up and back at her because of her encounter) and the other was to use it as an arrow towards the fox.


In the second place I made the left line of the dress a lot stronger than it was before. This line also emphasizes the 'frightened' emotion. It really pushes her back more than in the original.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Compositional reading

There are a few reasons why I flip my artwork horizontally during the process of creating a painting. In this case I wanted to share my thoughts about compositional reading. Or in other words: Do I tell the same story if I flip my painting and secondly: Does it matter?

If I'm 'reading' the picture from left to right, the original top painting would say: 'The fox frightens the lady' or in the flipped, second version: 'The lady gets frightened by the fox'.

The thing with this painting is that I want the lady to be the protagonist, the eye-catcher of the painting. Should the lady then be also the first one to see? Should I've positioned the lady left from the fox? Now it seems that I want the story of the flipped version to be the story of my original painting. Does that even work?

Francis Glebas talks about compositional reading in his book 'Directing the story'. Which by the way is a fantastic book. According to Francis compositional reading is very important if you think of an image as a joke. Then you would want the punchline to be last. Not the first thing you see.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lady and the Fox!


No it's not a new movie...It's a painting I did for my oldest daughter´s fifth birthday. It was her own idea so the credits should really go to her. She's hasn't seen it, because she hasn't turn 5 yet, but if you like it I bet she will too.