Hi Sasha, yes I’ll be putting in the traction lines and fields but I’ll probably do that last or at least much later on in the process. If you look at the character below and to the right of Patricia, you can see the hand in a sort of grasping pose. That line will probably extend up to Olmy, who is the person at top right (he’s sitting in lotus position, I’m not sure which way I’m going to rotate him. Also, there will be a line going thru Lanier’s left hand which is partly hidden behind him. I’ll likely have the Frant at top left holding the same line, as well as the person directly above Lanier.
Re Patricia, thanks again! I have read the entire book and took a lot of notes so I am trying to be faithful to the descriptions of everything. One thing I’m totally ignoring for this image though - note that the sunlight is coming from the right side of the image, like a low sun nearing sunset. Of course, this is impossible inside the Way, as the plasma tube light is always up top!!
However, from this angle that would make the lighting kind of boring and remove an effective way of showing details on the landscape - for instance, looking at the moon thru a telescope during a full moon is boring compared to looking at a 3/4 moon or half moon, where the shadows show all the mountains and craters very clearly! So, I’m cheating. I guess we can imagine that the disc ships have flown down thru a local cloudy overcast, and the “sunlight” is coming in from the right after reflecting off the inner surface of the Way over there… Plus I’m keeping the contrast generally lower for the distant ground so as to bring out the foreground, and to try keep your eye bouncing back and forth from the characters to the pyramid.
I have pretty much this whole weekend to myself for a change, so I’m determined to make massive progress on this by end of Sunday. There should be lots of updates!!