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I began with an image of a medieval map of Paris and a silhouette of the skyline. And I couldn't resist the Can-Can girls so I looked for an image of the Moulin Rouge to accompany them.
As far as technique goes, I thought I'd explain the background. The map was busy and most often, artists will use a wash of gesso or white paint to blend back an image creating subtlety. But I wanted to try something different.
So I used white and red paint pens to draw lines over the surface of the map and I rather like the effect.
I always try to create the illusion of depth and the vertical and horizontal lines help to achieve this along with using lighter brighter colors in the foreground and darker colors in the back.
The scale of the objects also helps create some perspective since the ladies are larger than the buildings.
In case you are wondering, this is a two-page spread in my large Dylusions journal which is 9" x 11".