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Planning your composition is crucial. Below is a breakdown of how I direct the eyes around and within the composition. There are also foreground, midground and background elements, with a focal point. Plan with your principles of design before going full bore on details.
The lines in blue indicate how the eyes move throughout the layout, keeping the viewer within the composition. Final version below:
I embarked on taking this composition in a more experimental direction. I wanted to mimic the old mis-registered prints from movie posters and wrap it up in a loving tribute to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. I wasn’t happy with the initial pencil rendering of Fu Manchu, so I scrapped it completely and started over again. After performing a grayscale test, I realized that what was missing was highlight values. So I added them in. Here’s the first pass grayscale test. And the second pass, with the highlights added around Shang’s muscles and face. Finally, here’s the finished piece.