The illustration was inspired by my son, who happens to be obsessed with trains at the moment. I wanted to share my process with everyone, so please follow along as I go from the initial sketch to the final illustration;
|With the details of the main elements done, I turned my attention to the background. The detailing was accomplished much in the same way.|
|Highlighted are the directions a viewer's eyes travel through the composition. In both cases, I have created movement drawing the eye back to the main focal point, which are the boy and the train.|
Overall, I am really satisfied about how my illustration turned out. And I'm especially happy with the composition. Although, I didn't have everything planned right from the get-go, I continued to search for solutions as I painted. I have often praised this medium for the freedom it gives me when it came to editing. I can play and test things without any worry, and with my illustration, I really took advantage of.this. The lesson I learned here is to remain open to experiment, and not to just settle on the first thing that comes. And if this means deviating from the sketch, go for it. In short...just Make it Work!