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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 was mixed, tested, and refined (along with formulaic notations on how to make more if I ran out. As ever, I used Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache.)

2. A few 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 tricky. It seemed so chaotic and freewheeling, initially I tried drawing 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 … adding texture and shadow … and lastly color (which, for the first time, I did by painting everything else before the people.) With so much detail, I don’t think it can be really 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.

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“Why didn’t you tell me?” “I was afraid - afraid that they’d use it against me to take me off the X-Files so that I couldn’t find Mulder.” “I told you I’d help you. I said we’d find him.