The finished painting will be a wraparound front and back cover of the publication but it will also be framed as one finished painting. The completed painting therefore has to work both when viewed as two separate halves and as a whole (my third challenge).
Today I got final approval of the outline so I can begin to transfer my image which at the moment is a series of separate drawn layers on photoshop onto the watercolour paper ready to paint. I work this way on such a complicated piece because by drawing each element separately and scanning them into the computer I can then adjust sizes and orientation of things without having to redraw each time I needed to move an object, building or person. Its an awesome compositional tool for those fine adjustments and the not so fine ones and essential when I only have a timeframe of a month from concept to finished piece. So here are a couple of the quickly sketched elements I will be including...
Firstly a very popular Richmond Hill landmark which will appear somewhere on the back cover. Anyone who lives locally recognise it???
and secondly, giving a young tree a new home which will be the main focus of the front cover section.
I now have just three weeks to get the whole illustration properly drawn out onto the watercolour paper and painted. I've made a start!