What’s a good ap­proach to take when ramp­ing up the drama in an ex­ist­ing paint­ing?

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Wo­jtek replies

Drama is a word of­ten used when re­fer­ring to con­trast. So if you want to add more drama to your pic­ture, sim­ply add more con­trast! But it won’t be as easy as ad­just­ing a Pho­to­shop slider. You have to think about what con­trast you want to cre­ate. It can be con­trast be­tween two val­ues, two colours, spe­cific shapes or rhythms. Al­ter­na­tively, it can be less tech­ni­cal and be con­trast in a sto­ry­telling sense (the at­ti­tude of the two char­ac­ters, for ex­am­ple). And you don’t need all of them to cre­ate a mem­o­rable im­age.

Try to iden­tify what your piece is lack­ing the most and then try re­do­ing this part with a fo­cus on push­ing it to the lim­its, but with­out crush­ing it. Know­ing what has al­ready been done or present in the world of art and na­ture may also be help­ful to you. Broad­en­ing your vis­ual hori­zons will help you un­der­stand how other peo­ple have re­solved the prob­lem you may be fac­ing right now. A prac­ti­cal ap­proach would be to build a mood board: a col­lec­tion of images that are con­nected by one theme, sub­ject mat­ter or a story. Try look­ing at films, na­ture, photography, art and de­sign for ideas.

Once you have all the images gath­ered, they’ll serve as your vis­ual guide and a place that you can re­fer back to, should you start strug­gling with your piece. You can ad­just it along the way, find new in­spi­ra­tions and ex­plore. You’ll dis­cover that a few hours of plan­ning may save you time, work and frus­tra­tion at the later stages of the cre­ative process!

Here, I tilted the cam­era to make the scene look dy­namic. The splash of blood on the ice cre­ates a strong, sweep­ing curve that leads the viewer into the pic­ture.

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