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09 September 2003, 03:00 PM
I made this image for a 'weekend challenge' competition on . The topic for this week was "Way of the Samurai". The entries are usually 3D, and I very rarely do 2D stuff, but I decided to paint something this time. Made in about 6 hours this evening.

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09 September 2003, 06:21 PM
good work..but i think u should balance out the whole composition in terms of colours....

09 September 2003, 01:43 AM
Thanks. Would you be able to be more specific? I do very little painting like this, so I'm interested to see how I can improve.

09 September 2003, 03:10 AM
I played with the colours and composition a bit. Anyone have any thoughts?

09 September 2003, 04:30 PM
i luuuv it...if uyou made it a WP i would use doubt about it :)

the colors are great!

09 September 2003, 09:32 PM
hi brkn

well man here is the thing........

when i look at ur eyes unconsciously is drawn towards....the ninja....which might be something u want ....then i have to forcbly move my eyes to the see it as well.....the tree is there and one has to look at it....

where is the error.......well u see according to laws of compostion and balance ....ur art work should be presented in a way that viewer's eye should move around the canvas as smoothly as possible......thou if u want to control the viewer's it in a flowy way......its the advertisement where the eye of the viewer is mostly controled.;)..i think u getting what i trying to say........ur first picture composition is very fine....add a tint to sky....and it would be ok..

and i am in more favour of the colour scheme u used for the ninja in the second image

09 September 2003, 11:25 PM
hey brkn,

yeah i agree with phoenix, it's got some composition problem i think or maybe it's the white bg that's putting the whole image a lil off balance. maybe you could place the tree going down from top right corner down towards the samurai.


09 September 2003, 03:08 AM
Sorry to beat a dead horse (har har), but I've had one last crack at the composition. Phoenix, I think you're absolutely right - my background is in graphic design, and not much experience in traditional art, so I'm sure I'm approaching things from a different perspective.

Nostradamus, I have a larger version if you really want it :P

Anyway, here's one last modification - calling it quits on this now. Thanks very much for all your help, I'll be sure to practise some more and hopefully have something new to show you before too long :)

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