This photo never seems to escape me; it's one of the photos I picture first every time I imagine my trip to Japan.
(Very) Rough Sketch
There's something I've noticed every time I try to paint with only focus on the values/forms of a subject--my images almost always seem to grow wider/stretch. In this case, I tried doing a quick sketch before working on my piece, but in the end I made some adjustments anyway. For instance, in the photo, there's a tangent between the samurai's rope and his arm; I lowered to the rope in order to make the rope easier to read. I also brightened the samurai's face in order make it stand out. Lastly, I just let some things go dark, as supposed to drawing in every single detail.
If anything, I wish I had taken a better photo in order to create a more exciting composition. But hey, when I was younger, I thought this was a cool composition. Haha, ah well...
Until next time.