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Hey everyone! I might be done my 10th Cup of Ale painting. I'm not sure about the crop though, my image is almost square-like and I have been told square compositions are a no no. Anything you guys would have done differently?
I don't see a problem with square compositions, but yours could do with a bit - about 2/3 on the left of the distance between mug and edge - move the dragonfly to in front of his sleeve so you don't lose it. Same distance from the edge of the cat on the right. You can always undo if you don't like it.
Just a couple quick things. That blurry hand just doesn't do it for me, especially against the sharply defined clouds behind the hand. The shadows are not always consistent e.g. his vest deep and saturated, the mug under his elbow kind of misty, diffuse like in a fog. The skin below his eyes is really shiny, specular almost like plastic but above the eyes looks more like skin, so the effect is like he is wearing a mask of some sort below the eyes. Having said all that, I think he's adorable!
I'm a bit confused, where is the cat?
Damn, the motion blur isn't working? I was hoping it would promote the movement and spilling of the mug. Damn.
I should decrease the specular highlights on the skin to avoid a plastic look? Ok, that is fair fair, especially considering the arms have no such specular highlights but are made of the same material.
I should desaturate the vest in shadow, that is very true as well. I will try that out for sure!
If it helps you make your decision any the motion blur kinda hurts my eyes a little bit. I guess I keep trying to focus them automatically and of course can't. Otherwise I think it is very nice!
Motion blur: bad! I think the sloshing of the foam does a fine job of showing the movement.
About the speculars, it was the difference between the forehead and the rest that was a bit jarring, also as I think about it, his forehead is yellower, the rest is pink/purple so that aggravates it. I'd make his forehead fit the rest, because the rest of his face definitely looks like he's tossed back a few :-)
I tried moving the firefly around, but it didn't fit anywhere. It might even be better to simply remove it.
Ok so I did a lot of stuff. I desaturated a lot of elements,removed most of the blur on the arm, added more teeth, raised them, and made them closer together. Added stubbly darkness to the face. Changed hair color. worked on lighting. Added birds.
Does he still look drunk or my desaturation of the face took too many reds away?
Thanks everyone for your help