I went to Morrocco to climb mount Toubkal for a week and stayed in Marrakesh for a day either side in 2019. Ever since I have wanted to make a series based on what I saw and the vibrant nature and busting atmosphere of the city. This is the first image of that series.
I had two attempts at this. The first I made before the image I entered into the Batsford Prize as seen in this post: Batsford Prize- Our Planet . This is a side by side comparison of the two:
First attempt: Second attempt:
The second attempt is better in every way.
The characters are integrated better.
the wall is much more interesting visually in terms of colour and texture.
The composition is less 'realistic' as the windows may not in reality be in those position, but they draw the eye around the image much more successfully.
the draw elements are more limited and add a nicer contrast to the blocks of texture and colour.
The rug looks like it could be a real design and the colours pop against the background
The image as a whole feels more alive
This all came rom making every aspect but hand bespoke for the image whereas the first attempt were all pre-made textures in a texture bank I had collected from previous work and texture making sessions.
Here are a few of the elements that went into the second image.