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Challenges

Here you can play with the figures in the painting, freely creating variations on the original work, but you can also practice your compositional skills by working on some of the exercises suggested.

 

It’s possible to drag the figures with your mouse, the movement buttons or the arrow keys on your keyboard, using the Space bar to change your selection. To find out about the other buttons, press ? for help and then… enjoy yourself.

Challenge 1  See example

 

Use button 4 (see Help ?) to hide the figures of the soldiers and the protagonist. Arrange the three dead bodies in the foreground such that they become the protagonists of the composition, using the commands “Move” (2), “Flip” (3) “Conceal” (4) and “Brightness” (5). You can also invert the background or change its tone. If you select the light, the brightness will change throughout the scene.

 

 

Challenge 2  See example

 

Repeat the previous exercise, but leaving only one of the bodies visible. Place the other figures (all except the soldiers and the protagonist) in the foreground as well, such that they make a geometrically defined oval, triangle or rectangle.

 

 

Challenge 3See example

 

Pick five or six figures and hide the rest. With these, reproduce the central theme of the work (the shooting) in a synthetic manner, such that the figures form a flattened U. If necessary, alter the brightness of the scene to heighten the contrast.

 

 

Challenge 4See example

 

Transform the composition into a symmetrical arrangement, with two groups of soldiers and two others of victims. Make full use of all the available tools (move, hide, flip and brightness) to arrive at a distinctive composition.

 

 

Challenge 5See example

 

Flip the figures of the soldiers and some of the victims, and hide the rest. Then place them behind the line of the ground, leaving only the dead bodies in the foreground. Do the rifles seem more aggressive when aiming from left to right?