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Iscariot Thanks for the critique. I've replaced the original stock with a more dynamic model and I felt that it was too heavy on the left side as well. Which is why I went and added a wolf on the right. I think this one looks slightly better than the older one.
That wolf still irks me, though.
What do you guys think now?
Jul 07, 15 at 7:37pm
Kaharius, I like the concept, and I like that you're stepping out of your comfort zone to do things like photo manip. this has a lot of room for improvement. notably, the background is far too washed out, while the figure has a lot more contrast definition. she doesn't look proportional to the background objects, however, and because she has no visible shadow directly below her robe, looks like she's kind of floating. otherwise, I can't tell if she's too large or too small to fit in with the creek/bushes/et al in the background image.
the red light is obviously cut out to the far left of the image, where I can see a subtle straight line. you could easily smudge it out to fix that, I think. finally, some actual reflection of that red light on the figure and the background would help to blend everything in. overall, I'm not a fan of the composition. it's far too weighted on the left-hand side because nothing is happening on the right. she's not in the center, nor is she in a position that aligns with the rule of thirds. this leaves me to question how you might crop or rearrange it to resolve that.
I'd like your opinion on something guys. I've been working on this photomanipulation piece, but I feel like it's incomplete and could do with a little more fine tuning. What do you guys think?
I used two separate stocks; the background and the witch lady.
Mar 28, 15 at 4:49pm
that is muy sexy, Aether, and the depth of field is excellent. very easy to identify the focal of the piece, and I love the colors. gives the feel of a desert landscape with some subtle vibrancy (the pink fabric atop her head, her eye) that pops out without being too in your face.
I think maybe my only gripe is the lack of texture to her hair, which makes it difficult to distinguish it from the fabric wrapped around the back of her head, since they're more or less the same color.
Mar 25, 15 at 11:52am
Tengu, I've never tried that before, but I'm fairly certain its a feature available for use in Photoshop. Thanks for the tip, definitely one I'll have to try next time!
I know you're using photoshop, but in Illustrator you can create vector shapes made from gradients, making soft transitions from colour to colour. Selective use of this could have a real impact in some of your pieces, like the eye shadow in your latest piece for example.
Great illusion of depth of field here.
Mar 25, 15 at 9:02am
Any feedback about this piece would be greatly appreciated. I feel like the area around the eye needs to be darker, yet I can't quite get it right without the whole face looking crap.
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