Something I've really been struggling with is backgrounds. I'm just not sure what I want the backgrounds in my work to look like. I've tried many styles and techniques, but I have yet to come onto one that makes me jump up and yell, "Eureka!"
The above image is one of my latest attempts. It's completely digital--a mix of Google SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop. It took me three days to build, but now I have a whole town that I can twist and turn and photograph from all angles.
I've created digital backgrounds before (just look at my most recent posts), but this one is different, because it has a painterly feel to it and a storybook vibe which I kind of like. I'm not sure if this is the direction I will pursue, because there is another very different style I'm also exploring, but I do like it and it does offer many advantages.
But I'd love to hear what you think.