Remember this? In previous posts I shared my compositional woes and color conundrums as I tried to work my way through the third in my "Traveler's Tale" series. I thought this would be the easiest one, but I guess I still haven't gotten past that learning curve, if you know what I mean.
I was really hoping to finish this before Christmas; there are other ideas I want to start working on before my break is over. Also, this is what my drafting table looks like right now, and there's no sense in putting anything away when I'm going to need it again in five minutes. What a mess, huh? I decided I didn't like the map I'd chosen for the traveler figure, and I thought she was too small as well.
So, I enlarged her, and decided to cut her out of a blue map, using red for the shadow value. I thought these colors would look more like the ones you see in fairy tale books or medieval paintings. However, I tried several different reds, and they all looked pretty icky. I didn't take pictures of these incarnations; believe me, you're not missing anything.
So, this is where I am now. (Sorry, this picture is pretty wonky.) Her hair is still one of the horrible reds I tried; I haven't changed that yet. I couldn't think of anything else to do except to make the shadow value purple. Green was the only other possibility, but I was afraid it would not contrast enough with the background, or with the blue. I've also added some more fairy tale-ish elements to the piece, such as the dragons, the book with evil queen inside, the mirror, apples, flowers, and a story-book border...
What do you think? If you have any ideas, please let me know. Maybe, with your help, I'll finish it by Christmas!