View Full Version : Tell Me Which Image Looks Best

Stephen Lo Piano
04-11-2008, 01:59 AM
Recently posted this image in the gallery. Looking back at the steps of progression to complete the image I decided to try some changes.
Took the first image and added the top part of the branch that seemed to appear better by loading as a tracing image and then converting to a layer. After that the parts that were not desired were erased and then the two layers were merged.

I would certainly appreciate some comments on which image looks best the first finished image or the second image with changes made.

Here is the very first image in a stage of Work In Process.

Stephen Lo Piano
04-11-2008, 02:00 AM
This is the first completed image that appeared in the gallery some time in the past.

Stephen Lo Piano
04-11-2008, 02:02 AM
In this image parts of the tree branch were changed. For some reason the first image looked a bit strange, yet this is why I am looking for opinions here. My sense of judgment may be different than most people observing?

04-11-2008, 05:26 AM
Youre asking about a reaction between the first attempt and the second. For me, its a matter of the contrast between the green leaves in version one and the brownish ones in version two. I think that in the first version, the leaves offer a bit more contrast with the stones beneath. In the second, the tree seems to blend in with the stones.

All is well done! Im just responding as you requested--for what its worth.

04-11-2008, 10:51 AM
I love the variety of colors you put into your art. It gives you so much to look at without boring the eye. what could be causing a bit of distraction (imo) is the amount of detail you have added to the cars beyond the tree.

As objects get further from view their focus tends to blur and their details are lost. In your second piece, you added extra details to both the tree in the foreground and the cars in the background beyond it, while the mountains and other surrounds remain loosely painted. The focus of the two separate groups do not seem to follow along with the rest of the image.

As an experiment, perhaps you could try overlaying the tree details from the second image on top of the first image (where the cars are less detailed). This would add more focus to the tree in the foreground, which seems to be the main focus of the painting, because the cars would have less detail to draw attention away.

04-11-2008, 07:17 PM
The third one I'd say. In any case You have a gorgeous personal style reminding me of the greatest "naif" (in the sense of style and self taught) artists such as douhanier (custom officer) Rousseau and Antonio Ligabue.
Bravo :D :D :D

Jodi Frye
04-12-2008, 04:04 AM
#2 for sure. It is balanced and holds the style. VERy nice !

04-12-2008, 07:34 AM
my vote's for the second one ...it cuts up that heavy line ( the trunk )

and the spikie leaves blends in more with the road.

good job on all of them :)


04-13-2008, 12:49 AM
my vote goes for #2.
I think it is the most balanced and interesting to looka at.

04-17-2008, 05:03 AM
Hello again Stephen, well, this won't help much but i like #3 , it seems to combine the best of the other two, ,,,,, painting and style and scene are lovely !

Stephen Lo Piano
04-19-2008, 06:40 AM
Thans to everyone for your time and consideration, your input is appreciated.

D Akey
04-19-2008, 09:19 AM
I'm going for the third one.

The second one is too bland and like the dirt in the distance. The first one is the same, just that it matches the distance in the upper half.

The third one takes on a deliberateness where you seem to be focusing on the design quality of what you are doing. Has a more apparent stylized feel and as such there's more of a handle on the reason you painted it that way -- gives it as memorable quality.

04-30-2008, 11:49 PM
i think it depends on where you want to draw the viewers eye to. The first one pulls my eye to the mountains whereas the second to the road, and the third to the branch. What's most important in the picture to you?