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Mar 24, 2015 12:51 |  #1

There's no question in my mind that a lot of studio still work looks more dramatic, on the net, with a black background, but...
a lot of perusing the "for sale" artistic websites tells me that black isn't a popular background for the type of stuff that I cough out.

As I have been working with smoke of late, I offer this as a case in point...called The Valkyrie and her Pet.
With the exception of manipulation, the smoke on black is SOOC followed by an inverted image.

In your humble opinion...which might be more saleable at the local Art Show? FYI...it is 40" wide @ 300ppi.

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Mar 24, 2015 21:15 |  #2

Ignoring the compositional issues and focusing solely on the processing I would say the second one.


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Mar 24, 2015 21:43 |  #3

Definitely the second one, nice work


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Mar 24, 2015 21:45 |  #4

Not what you asked, but it's relevant: many more people say blue is their favorite color than say yellow.


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Mar 24, 2015 21:57 |  #5

I personally like the first one better, but would be more likely to buy the second as the first one probably isn't going to go with anything in a house that doesn't belong to Marilyn Manson or Ozzie Osbourne. But I agree with the composition comment above. I think there is way too much negative space in the top of the photo. Fine work nonetheless! I could never achieve this.


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Mar 24, 2015 23:02 |  #6

Very interesting work and I favor the dark over the light but I suspect the negative
value of black would lose out to the positive value of white only because of the over-
whelming amount of dark negative space.

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Mar 25, 2015 05:48 |  #7

Guys, I see your point concerning excessive dead space...thanks for the link Douglas. ;-)a


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Mar 25, 2015 07:14 |  #8

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Guys, I see your point concerning excessive dead space...thanks for the link Douglas. ;-)a

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Mar 25, 2015 07:58 |  #9

I like the blue smoke on black background.
Anyone else reminded of the "what color is this dress" that went viral about a month ago? Black and blue versus white and gold.


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Jun 10, 2015 02:18 |  #10
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Jun 10, 2015 06:55 |  #11

I like the blue smoke, but that is a HUGE amount of black to hang on your wall, so to be super difficult, I'd say I'd like the blue smoke on the while background! :) can you hue-shift the yellow smoke?

If not then the yellow one..



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Jun 10, 2015 11:37 |  #12

RMH wrote in post #17591244 (external link)
I like the blue smoke, but that is a HUGE amount of black to hang on your wall, so to be super difficult, I'd say I'd like the blue smoke on the while background! :) can you hue-shift the yellow smoke?

If not then the yellow one..

I agree, blue on white would be my first choice for this. The black is just too black and that yellow does nothing for me.




  
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Jun 10, 2015 12:00 |  #13

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I agree, blue on white would be my first choice for this. The black is just too black and that yellow does nothing for me.

I agree as well with blue on white. The gold on the white doesn't seem to pop as much as what the blue on white would do.


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Jun 17, 2015 18:25 |  #14

add more to the image and keep it on black.

Like add a whole lot more. I can see the Death Star and Tutankhamun's pyramid in the background somewhere. Half joking, no mostly joking but you have a very unique start with your idea, it needs to be expanded on. Once you add more it won't be such a stark contrast of a print.

edit: go big or go home is what i think i'm trying to say. big dipper and polaris? what are some other Norse mythologies that would go with Valkyrie? You might want something that would make the subject more obvious to the average viewer.


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