After working out a basic, almost abstract, composition for the passengers and laying that on top of the station rough, it was time to work on each character individually. I had the intention of re-using characters from previous paintings and also introducing some that would then feature in their own personal painting. However I had no definite ideas so as usual I just started to draw in the hope something satisfactory would appear.
|The full pencil rough|
Once I had the characters fleshed out I then put the image into Photoshop and had a play with the tonal values.
|Photoshopped (is that a word?) tonal study|
|Tonal Study Detail: The badger, signing an autograph, happens to be the famous opera singer Madame Albani from a previous painting. In the background you can see an otter soldier holding his child - a reference to William Powell Frith.|
|Who knew the fox was a black market salesman. You might recognise the hedgehog too.|
|Detail of the section in need of revision.|
Before I heard from Olivier I had already sized up and transferred to rough onto stretched watercolour paper so I had to rework the area on a piece of tracing paper until I was happy and only then could it be added to the final pencil drawing.
|The final pencil drawing ready to be painted|
|Detail: That little chap is awestruck.|