So for background painting this semester we were given the choice to illustrate backgrounds for either the children’s book, Jerome the Frog, or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I went with The Alchemist mainly because I wanted to do more desert themed stuff. (Maybe one day I’ll even go back and re-redraw VC or something, can always hope.)
Anyway, I ended up picking the scene in the book where it introduces the crystal merchant and how the hill his shop is on has recently been avoided by the local shoppers and that sort of thing. I still have some editing to do on the final piece, but here’s what’s been done so far, plus my awesome commentary.