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    Update-----comp sketch for book cover--any suggestions before I paint

    So this is yet another school assignment, this time a book cover. I am going to start to paint, in Painter, so any suggestions on composition or anything, so I could make this better. I am wondering about the position of the boat and its tilt, it's to look as if it has run aground in shallow water. If anyone has pointer or can direct me to tutorial on painting night-time ocean scenes that would be great too.....

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    I added the wip painted piece, I need a new set of eyes on this to tell me what it need. Thanks

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    Your composition is divided into pretty much equal thirds, background/middleground/foreground, which is boring, and the perspective on both boats doesn't correspond with your horizon line. Also, it's not clear where the type would go on this cover. Some rearranging of the elements would solve all of these problems. You also need to make the values work, both narratively for the scene and compositionally.

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    (On second look, the horizon could be even lower than I have it.)


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    Also, I suggest more clearly indicating the structure (and perspective) of the big ship, because I think it's pretty hard to read it as a ship at first glance.

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    Most of the image, exluding the smaller boat at 3 quarters view, appear flat.

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    any Ideas on this

    I was looking for some ideas on making this stronger, any suggestions

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