Every epic journey must have a beginning, especially the ones that go to places that have never been seen before by humankind.
You know, the kind of places that require you to be either totally naive, out of your mind, or extremely driven to take on insane challenges.
This is one of those places, a gateway to another world that lies beneath our feet. And yes, there go our heroes, the brave souls that just cannot let this kind of
Hope and determination shine in their eyes as they progress, their palms barely scatched in this first step of their adventure. They are just deep enough to miss
the cold wind that has begun to blow, spreading the mists over the land above them. They do pause, when the rumble of the threatening volcano refuses to be
ignored by their excitement.
But, neither will say no at this point.
Welcome to The Beginning.
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This was a really great image to work on. I did not have any sort of plan for it when I began, I just randomly started pulling out pictures from my library to use.
My primary goal was to illustrate a landscape for my middle son’s book he is writing, but it would just not go in the direction that I (or he)had hoped for.
This image is a composite of approximately 20 images, and several illustrations that I drew into it. When I was done with putting it all together the file size was
over 2 GB. It was enormous! Thankfully, I was able to keep my computer chugging along and not crashing dealing with an image that size in Photoshop. I am very
excited about how it turned out, and I cannot wait to see where the story leads these two next! Which is a good thing because I just injured my ankle, and I am
grounded for a bit and I have plenty of time to ponder on this. 🙂 If you would like to see this image in a much bigger resolution- please go to my gallery website-
http://www.fierytailimagery.smugmug.com and go to my personal work gallery.
Here are the images that I used to create this image.
I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do.