Purpose/Subject Matter

Emotional contrast

What’s your core emotion? How can you push the environment to reinforce that emotion? Do you need sad trees to make the character seem sadder? Or do you need to pump up the emotional contrast, make the world cheerful so your character seems sadder by contrast?


What’s the time period? Is that important? Would doing some research on the time period yield better, more distinctive results? (Are you just making up a victorian-ish world based on vague intuition, or have you actually researched the victorian era?)


What’s the purpose of this image? Think about it for a minute or two. Why does this image have to exist? Why is it so important that you’ll spend a few hours out of your finite life to create it? Is it worth that? If it’s not, maybe you should be drawing something better.