Making The Darjeeling Limited DVD Cover - Part 2
If I remember correctly, in Part 1 – which can be found here – we were discussing the challenges of faithfully reproducing such a unique blend of patterns, textures, and colors.
So here we have:
1. The Special Color Palette which I mixed, tested, and refined (with formulaic notations on how to mix more if I ran out. As ever, I used Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache.)
2. A few simple, staged models for how things worked: window-curtain folds or the way patterned fabric curves around a frame – as in the case of the unique lounge chair. (That chair was deceptive. It seemed so chaotic and freewheeling, initially I tried recreating it without measuring or planning. The result was terrible. Reminding me of the harsh fact that very little can be skimped on – particularly capturing a feeling of wildness or randomness – if you want to get things right.)
3. And of course the final artwork. Penciling the main structure and human characters … filling the traincar berth with texture and shadow … adding color (which, for the first time, I did by painting everything else before painting the people) … and finally the finished art. There’s so much detail, I don’t think it can really be experienced unless seen up-close. So I’m including a cropped image followed by the whole, finished piece.
I also want to point out – which I failed to do in Part 1 – that this is fundamentally an illustration OF a work of art. This traincar interior … all the trains … the whole rest of the movie … was designed by Mark Friedberg. The props were created, gathered, curated by Sandy Hamilton. The costumes were designed by Milena Canonero. And the whole thing was photographed by Bob Yeoman.