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The Cougar – New and Improved Illustration by Joana Miranda

When I posted this illustration last week….

The Cougar for blog

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…

The Cougar new placement blog

And it’s now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy!


    • Hi Helen,

      Puny is not good! Tom said that the original was “more fun” since the diminutive size of the man made him look more like a lackey. I think I may try splitting the difference between the two sizes before I post the card in my shop.

      Happy New Year to you, too! I hope 2013 is filled with good times and lots of success – Joana

    • Feliz Ano Novo, Pedro!

      I hope the first day of 2013 is going well for you, and that the next 364 bring lots of good times and much happiness!

      Ciao, Joana

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