Here is a picture, below, I did of Ethan doing an Ollie on his skateboard:
I liked the dark background as it gave definition to his upper body and arms, which were light. But I found the tree trunk offputting.
Here are the stages in the development of the first picture:
I had a feeling the painting went downhill from the first one and wanted to preserve some of the freshness.
So I did the picture again:
The background is more suggested than described and I liked the figure better. What do you think?
Any comments on the comparison?