Small Fix = Better Picture • January 4, 2015

The smallest revision can make all the difference in how well a picture functions. So often, the sticking point has to do with how we perceive what we’re looking at – or how easily we become distracted by something within a picture that claims too much attention. When this happens, a balancing act is often called for, between remaining stubbornly artsy and accepting a more literal solution that, while it communicates better, may seem just a touch disappointing as a compromise. If a picture is to speak clearly and with focused strength though, you sometimes just have to do what’s necessary.


Here is a great example: the first photo below, is of a drawing I completed yesterday and posted very early this morning. My sister has since (very astutely) pointed out that while the irregular shape of the top of the image, with it’s ragged dark edge and white corners, is exciting, it’s too visually dominant. As a result, the darkness doesn’t read nearly as well as a night sky, and the quiet contrast between the sky and the gray mountain is badly overpowered. The simple fix was to darken the corners and top edge, as well as two light spots in the right half of the sky. Take a look at the 2nd photo, and you’ll notice that your attention is now solidly focused. The sky is the sky, and the mountain looms against it! Overall, the drawing is a trifle less abstractly thrilling, but it functions as it should.


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