I've had all my nick knacks pulled from the cupboards and drawers of my book case after cleaning them off and wiping down the shelves. All of it has been sitting in a large box that I now have to organize and put away, but I decided to play with the etch a sketch first.
I've done some etch a sketch pictures in the past, but I've never been perfect at them. They're pretty silly, but somehow interesting. I wasn't sure why, but I wanted to draw some mountains and cacti, next came a random texture of the earth, and I drew out a cowboy on his horse.
This gave me a few ideas for a possible real illustration, maybe a quick digital painting or collage.
(From the future-May 29, 2019)
I did go with the idea to make it colored, working over the actual photo and just adding in some gradients, colors, texture, and extra elements like cacti and tumble weeds.
First version is the scene as it up close and focused on the cowboy. Since vignette seems to be catching my attention lately though, I tried that out below.
First versions had hard edges at the top. It was suggested to me that it needed something more. I added some extra color like tissue paper glued beneath a base picture in a collage.This was satisfying.
I like night scenes, so of course a little experimenting to show travel by horseback through the desert under a sky full of stars came next.
All of these scenes remind me of one song in particular. "Sleeping on the Blacktop" · Colter Wall.