I'm pretty inexperienced with photoshop. These "START!" exercises are forcing me to sit down and figure it out which is great. Here is my first composition exercise. This copy of an Albert Bierstadt landscape took me about 50 minutes. I noticed that he controls the viewers eye with detail. The detail in the clouds and rocks and some of the trees creates emphasis. In this study I mostly tried to get the major value shapes right by squinting my eyes. That took me a long time. With the remainder of time i tried to fiddle with brushes to get some detail right. Not too much success there but I think the knowledge of where to put the detail is the important bit at this stage of the game...
1. Albert Bierstadt
Hey Jason. Thanks for the crit I reopened my sketch and tried following your advice. I spent a little bit of time de-contrasting the clouds and re-contrasting the mid mountains. I didn't spend too much time but I think it turned out a bit better.