Now for the next stage of process. I’m adding in shadows to create dept and realism to the poster. Without the shadows the poster would stay very flat and unappealing. The hardest part was manipulating the shadows on Mount Huangshan. Since I drew so many mountains I wanted to illustrate the various mountains ranging from big, small, closer, and further away. The next part will be highlights from the sun hitting the river. Also give more details to the river. Let me know what you think so far.
Now I’ll begin the second half of the poster series with the 6th poster. This half will include the minor characters from the graphic novel series. But this time I’ll include more landscape, environment, scenery, or however you want to call it.
I got my influence for this poster from an Nigerian Folktale of the Hippopotamus and the Tortoise. Darryl and David are twin brothers who are hippos and are brothers to Xavian. They’ve known Xavian for as long as they can remember and look up to Xavian. They are a wild and sometimes unpredictable brothers but they are also calm and wise for their age. Their animal companions are Tortoises, however I changed the Tortoise into a hybrid between a Turtle/Tortoise. The scenery in the background is from China’s mountain Huangshan 黄山. I wanted to captivate my viewers the amazing view of Huangshan as Darryl and David ride on their tortoise and enjoy the view. So I gave the Nigerian story a more Asian twist to it.