I really wanted to do this Repin piece but i think i underestimated it quite a bit seeing as i wasnt able to nail down all the little details. Im sorta new to digital painting so im not that knowledgeable about resolution and what size the canvas needs to be.but anyway heres my first attempt at composition.
What i love about Repin's paintings is the way he tells a story and convey the mood by using gestures and facial expressions. In this piece (St Nicholas Saves Three Innocents From Death)he lets the viewers eyes zigzag through the painting starting from the mountain top, to the executioners head, then to the captive on the left passing St Nicholas and down to the sword just above the mans head. I also noticed the way he composed the painting through tones by using light tones to highlight the center figures and dark tones behind them, the onlookers.