Retro-1950's Zoo Scene
I had it in mind to create a new sample artwork illustration, but what to draw? Elephants are always a good place to begin. So I decided to do a retro-1950's digital version of a zoo scene.
The pencil sketch was refined after about 5 major theme revisions. Earlier versions had kids on a pirate ship, kids flying around over the zoo. I found it interesting that I rejected some of the more imaginative ideas in favor of something closer to traditional.
Once I chose the theme, it only took a morning to assemble the elements and sketch it out on regular copy paper with a pencil. Then the scanning and digital rebuilding begins. I filled in the color and made about a million changes to balance the colors.
I added a filter that I think worked very well, once again this was after trying half a dozen other filters.
Finally I decided after looking at it overnight that the background on the right was wrong. So I recovered the original sketch I'd done about 7 years ago and worked that in. It was perfect. I added the colors and then put in some new patches of fence... and it was done.
I think my favorite discovery with this piece was adding the sky and clouds. I used an older clouds file from another painting. That's one reason I love photoshop so much... you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day.