Encyclopedia of Dumb Design Ideas
Here are better graphics for the road post I did yesterday. Above is the road jammed up against the edge of the canvas. As you can see it is an annoying distraction. The eye follows it and is directed nowhere.
Above is the road again, leading the viewer into the painting and to it's subject matter. Of course there are a lot of variations on this design , but the idea is not to dump the viewer into the side of the painting.
This road is whats called a LEADING LINE. A leading line is the main line of a design that leads you through the painting. Not all designs have them of course, but many do. There are few absolutes in the design game, but many examples of better and worse.
Above is a painting I made yesterday, its a 16 by 20. I will probably fool with it in the studio, but just to clean up a few edges and drop in a few highlights and a few accents.