Allison Traylor 1001 “Words”

Overall Composition

This image is of a hilly pasture, on a cloudy day, with a herd of sheep grazing, and a herder approaching them. However, some of the sheep are floating away, raising like balloons, undisturbed.


Key Components

Most noticeably, aside from the floating-sheep, is the “camera” angle: the horizon is tilted at a 30 degree angle (the left side is the 30 degree angle and right side is the right angle). (The sheep are raising perpendicular to the slope [normal to the slope])

The camera is the height of an average person if not a bit shorter. (You can see over the sheep but eventually all you can see are backs and tops of heads)

The color palette is cool: there are blues, greens and yellows, the warmest hues are on the sheep and in the grass in the foreground.

The heard is quite large. The smallest sheep in the back is probably the size of the eye of the largest sheep in the front. There is space between the border of the image and the sheep, where there is a triangular patch of grass (following the 30 degree slope).

Most of the image is sky, which is softly cloudy. Not puffy clouds, more like wispy high altitude clouds. There is hardly any definition in the clouds. The darker clouds are nearer to the hills in the background.

There is a square-ish rock formation behind the herder, and a large sloping hill behind that (taller than the rocks), that meets with another hill small hill to the far left on the tilted horizon (they form a very soft V).  


The Sheep

The sheep are white, highlights are cool and more blue relative to the warmer yellow-orange shadows. The sheep (on the ground) are facing multiple directions most of them are grazing. The herd gets chopped off by the left border of the image. To the right of the herd, the closest sheep on the right side is facing to the right and slightly away from the camera, and is grasing. Half of this sheep’s head is cut off by the right border of the image. This sheep, like most if not all of the others on the ground, is missing fur around its belly/side regions, as well as on its upper back legs and neck (imaging that it snowed on these sheep. Where that snow would land is where there is fur). There is a group of sheep on the ground on the left side, 3 are on the same plane as the previously mentioned right sheep, and 5 are directly behind them. These sheep are looking at the camera. These sheep are closer together than the sheep on the right side who seem to be moving to the right away from the herd. Overall the sheep on the ground are very close together.

The floating-sheep are all facing the camera. Not directly but rather where you can see the left sides of their bodies (their left). Their bodies are foreshortened because you can’t see the whole half of their body. You can also see part of the belly of the closest floating-sheep. All of the front four sheep’s legs are positioned as they would be if they were standing, but their hooves are touching (as if the two front were tied together, and the two back were tied together. They aren’t but this is how it looks). The next five have their legs in normal standing positions. The rest are too small to tell.

The foremost floating-sheep is the largest (for apparent reasons), and is almost touching the top border of the image. This sheep is a bit left of center. The receding floating-sheep are organized randomly (think of hot air balloons). Beneath the front sheep are 4 floating-sheep (behind it if it were 3d). From left to right, the first sheep is almost the same size as the third sheep, and the second sheep is almost the same size as the fourth sheep. The first and third sheep are smaller than the second and fourth sheep (it goes small, big, small, big. But don’t make them exactly the same sizes, they are in different planes). They are arranged in a curve that looks like the mouth of a smiley face beneath the front-floating-sheep (REMEMBER: this is all relative to the 30 degree horizon line, so it is a 30 degree tilted smiley face curve).The fourth sheep is just above the most right standing-ground sheep (the one whose head is cut off by the right border of the image)  The largest of these floating-sheep is a little bit bigger than the head of the front-floating-sheep.

The next group of floating-sheep are in the left side some only tiny distances above the grazing herd. These sheep get as small as the eye of the front floating-sheep are no bigger than the smiley-face-curve-arranged-small sheep. There are no sheep in the space between the right floating and the right grazing sheep. There are about 19 of these tiny floating-sheep on the left side, about 8 of which only look to be a foot or two off the ground.


The Herder

Remember the rightmost-lateral-view-right-facing-grazing sheep with its head partially cut off? The herder is back in space to the left of that sheep’s butt. He is behind a cluster of about 6 sheep facing the camera. Although you can’t see his legs (you can see his hips) he is stepping forward with his left leg and reaching forward with his left arm, (as if getting a cup off a table). His elbow forms roughly a 60 degree angle  and you can see his forearm. His right arm is in a natural backswing of a walking motion. He is white, wearing a dark bluish, button up t-shirt and a short-brimmed cowboy hat (more Australian than American west). At his left hip is another hat.


Light = coming from the direction of the camera (setting sun/early morning). Background is darker than foreground.


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