Hey Gang, I've been chipping away at this illustration and felt I was at a point where I needed some more eyes on it. I'm sharing a good chunk of the work I've done on this one, but that's mainly to show where I came from. Where I'm really looking for feedback is on the color studies, unless something is jumping out.
Little backstory. I was working on some new concepts for this month's challenge along with this boxcar illustration, but the new concepts to me felt a little too close to some of my inspiration, maybe not in concept but in the look and feel and a little close in concept to one of the illustrations already posted for the challenge. I included them at the bottom because I still like the idea (thumbnails 41-48).
These are the early exploration. I tried out a number of different viewpoints and here I was trying to figure out my story. I wanted this to be about a young couple heading on their first adventure. One concept I played with was showing the different moments a person, couple, or group of people have at train stations. I really liked that idea, but I think I want this to be quieter and more about the one couple. This in some ways is a reflection of my own life right now, my fiance and I are about to start our own adventure, some of those feelings of excitement have been going through my head as I paint this and think narrative ideas. Looking back at this, #26 looks crazy and I kind of want to try exploring that one, too.
A few ideas for the window, here I'm trying to see what the clearest silhouette would be.
This is where I'm struggling, I think my values were getting too dark in #39, so I lightened them up in #40. I'm curious how people are responding to the last color study. How is that sky reading? I wanted to capture that moment right after the sun has set, nightfall sounds like the early part of the night. I just don't want that lighter part of sky to compete for attention. Is this going too dark still? And do people find this interesting?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!