When I posted this illustration last week….
I knew something didn’t quite look right. After setting it aside for a few days, I realized that the problem was with the placement of the man in relation to the woman in the foreground. I wanted him to be trailing behind her at a distance, and that’s why I made him significantly smaller. However, according to the rules of perspective, the figures should share a common horizontal plane – in this case, their waistlines. Because this plane was slightly off, the man ended up looking diminutive which was not my original intention. (I admit, size matters!)
Fortunately, since I’m fairly facile with Corel Paint Shop Pro X5 (my photo editing program), I was able to make the necessary changes in placement digitally. To do so, I had to separate out each element – the girl, the man and the background – so that I could play around with re-positioning the man in the overall composition. Once I did this, I created new shadows for the figures, and reassembled the illustration digitally. Here is the final result…
And it’s now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy!