So i've started doing some sketches and thumbnails for my ideas, but being the idiot i am, i'm using an A3 sketchbook which makes it kind of hard to scan the images in. Therefore, i'll have to wait for my new camera for christmas to get good quality photos of them to post on my blog. In the meantime, i'm just gonna continue to draw and develop my ideas. I'll possibly bring my sketchbook in on Friday, if Phil's in, just to see what he thinks and if he feels that i'm going in the right direction.
I found this image earlier today and it has made me wonder if i actually need any animals in the forest, or whether the presence of something like fog would give a better effect. I really like this image because i keep expecting something to come from within the fog, possibly some Ringwraiths on horses :P I can't decide whether i like the black at the top and bottom of the image because it seems to be a lot of negative space, but it does centre the attention on the fog which seems to be grouping in the middle of the image. I also feel the three trees in the front make up the foreground, the tertiary trees behind make up the middleground and the fog seems to be in the background. But i can't decide what the focal point of this image is, i can't help but feel it should be the fog, but my eyes are definitely drawn to the trees first, starting from right (the closest tree) to left. I also feel that although it's only fog, there's something very like Close Enconters of the Third Kind in this image, perhaps this was what Phil was talking about when he said to pare my ideas. Really it's only fog and it's a normal image in the woods at night, but there is an unusual sense of eerieness to it, from something that is ordinary.