This is a collage of pieces of various photos (all are my own photos except for several parts of the bull's body). I propose to use this photo collage as the sketch and photo reference for the cover painting that I'm about to paint for the second book in the Shaker kids series.
I can see that the bright yellow dress on the girl standing on the fence is not working, because the bright yellow type is pulling the figure into the foreground. I plan to make the dress and scarf that she's waving a duller orange-yellow. I plan to make shadows of the bull and the boy in the grass. (Light is coming from behind and to left)
But I'd like to make the grass area less green, if such a thing is possible. It's March or April in the scene, so in reality the grass would be green. And we have to stick with as authentic a re-creation of that scene as possible, d/t the need to keep the scenes historically accurate with respect to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.
I want to try to make the color scheme more of a purple and violet versus yellow and orange kind of a color scheme. What could I do about that big section of green grass?
What would be a good type face or font to use? This is Trajan Pro with chisel hard bevel and emboss, and I kind of like it. But it's not very thick and readable. Any suggestions?
Also, if there is something glaringly bad, awkward, distorted or just plain not working in this photo collage, please let me know. Thanks! See you guys at lunch next week.