These Boots Are Made For Walking
Ordo Dracul. And a neonate. A very young neonate. This character has a real
journey ahead of him, on many levels, both with the Requiem and with his
own path and spirituality. In These Boots Are Made For Walking I tried to
encompass all these aspects. The crow and the lonely wanderer symbolise
the primal Gangrel aspect, the over-sized stars are the mysticism of the
Ordo Dracul. Very much an Australian character I chose to set this in the
desert which, along with the wide clear sky, gives it a nice sense of panorama
- a small figure with a long way to go on a highway disappearing off into
the horizon. I don't mind so much that the picture doesn't quite mesh together
and look entirely right; it's not meant to as it's almost a dreamscape,
a spiritual journey is represented here as much as a physical one.
The main difficulty I had with this picture was perspective. I wanted to show a small lone figure on a lonely cross-continental highway but Michael was still the focus of the picture and so had to be big enough to be seen, as well as the crow on his shoulder not just being a few dark blobs of pixel. I think, after much trial and error I was able to get it just right. The huge stars also helped acheive this sense of enormity of the landscape around him and allowing me to make the character slightly bigger than I think I otherwise would have been able to.
What I don't like is that the desert looks a bit slap-dash and the lines on the road a little jagged, like you'd get when viewing a picture not quite at a hundred percent. I have to admit that after spending considerable amount of time trying unsuccessfully to rectify it I gave up but I'm not that unhappy with the final result.