I thought I was finished with this painting, but that little nagging voice in my head kept saying - it's not right - still not right. The composition was good - the golden ratio - but you couldn't see the focus. Everything was too bold. So I toned it down with white tissue paper and glaze, forcing the flow around to the focal point. Now I am done. Before the tissue paper . . .
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Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my composition lends itself to the "Golden Ratio." I added a few elements to lead the eye from the bottom right, across and up and over to the top right - which is my focus. Finished again - for now.
The Preliminary Sketch I know this is difficult to see. But I've been asked how I start a pen and ink drawing. I begin with a pencil sketch - faint pencil because I do not want to damage the paper. Then, using the pen, I stipple fine lines around the shapes. Just enough for me to see the sketch. At this point the pencil lines are erased. The detail pen work comes next . . .
Won't be long now and my critters will get their new wings. But until then, they have to make do with the wings I've created for them.
Even after enhancing the background, the composition is poor. If you compare the original composition below, with the new one above, you will see some improvement, but not enough. So I added more leaves to tie the left side to the right side. But I still see a strong vertical line down the left side.