One thing I love about digital art is the enormous freedom to change your mind. You can go back and forth as much as you want...unless you forget to "Save" the project periodically. When there is a sudden power blackout or a glitch on the computer, every digital artist remembers about the need of saving the project obsessively. This powerful insight is often welcomed with inventive levels of cursing in any language you know.
Lines and shapes affect composition and story-telling, so I always devote some time to balance where and how everybody will be represented. The more elements, the higher the chance of a chaotic composition...so I had to be careful with this one. My focus always was on the characters, so the background remained as a secondary element until the very end. Once the background was ready, I had to re-visit the colors and play with the lighting, which defines tridimensionallity. I didn't want the final art to be too realistic-looking or too tridimensional, so I had to adjust the lights several times.
So here you are: a little story within a tropical rainforest in the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica. Oh yeah! the cast...just for the hard-core bio-geeks:
- Owl butterfly (Caligo atreus)
- Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
- Keel-biled Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
- Eyelash Pitviper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
- Rufous motmot (Baryphthengus martii)
- Jaguar (Panthera onca)
- Collared-peccary (Tayassu tajacu)
- Dieffenbachia, AKA "Sainillo plant" (Dieffenbachia oerstedii)
- Euterpe palm (Euterpe sp.)
- Monkey ladder vine (Bauhinia glabra)