Composition: Bowl

Hello all,

I’m looking for critique on how to improve the composition and overall feel of this image.

  • Should I place items in the bowl? I was thinking of maybe those wicker or twig balls like you find in Pier1.
  • Is the wood texture okay? I do have some tiling going on, I was thinking of maybe using GIMP to rotate the tiles next to it so it breaks up the pattern.
  • I tried SSS with the bowl, but it lost a large amount of detail, any recommendations to combat that?

I welcome any other critiques and suggestions you may have.

Modeled and rendered in 2.57a using Blender Internal. I enabled AO and environmental lighting (using the sky color–which was a simple white-blue gradient), and I used an area light.

Thank you!

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http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/743/bowll.jpg

The scene could probably use more objects, but I’m not sure if they would have to be in the bowl.

The displacement on the bowl seems a bit heavy.

Also, the bowl could use some other colors.

I would also smooth out he inside of the bowl considering a lot of bowls tend to have smoth insides and detailed out.