Sunday, January 06, 2008

Imperial Palace Guardhouse

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This is the formal painting of the Imperial Palace Guardhouse that I just finished. I modified the composition from the original sketch based on the feedback I received on this blog and on The Wet Canvas Studio Forum.

Moving the guardhouse more towards the center and tilting the right-hand tree in towards the center helped. I added more pedestrians in the foreground and added more pen and ink detail.

I originally was trying to get a look of a Japanese block print; however, I started slipping away from that as I added more gradations in the washes and detail in the stone and pedestrians.


giocka said...

It's a nice painting but I'm afraid I prefer the previous sketch, it's probably too formal for me. I agree, tilting the tree the other way is a good idea.