Photoshop is fun because you can quickly play around with something to get some good results. This is another student piece from which I did a quick PS critique. I felt she needed to decide what her subject was within the painting and that the light cliffs were the subject, so we needed to make them that. As they were centered in the middle of the painting, I added some more white cliff on the right to set them off center, which I felt was more pleasing. I simplified everything by bringing the values closer together in each area, eliminating some of the busyness. I added the foreground hill to bring your eye back into the subject. i really pushed the contrast, going much darker in places and brighter on the cliffs. Again to focus on the cliffs, I put the foreground in shadow. I added some horizontal lines in the water to set it on the horizontal plane, and connected the tree darks. This was a good piece to think about going for strong graphic design. In this third image, I went back to that very basic three value sketch to see if my PS redo worked. I think it does.
Image 1 – the student’s preliminary painting
Image 2 – my PS critique
Image 3 – a 3 value sketch of my critique