(This is a pretty damn large picture -- it started out relatively small, but the background kept expanding. I'd appreciate it if you took the time to look at it full size as well as zoomed out, if possible?)
These are Crysomandiaz's ( crysomandiaz.deviantart.com/
) characters Evariste, Sylvia, and Maria (in order from left to right). They live in a post apocalyptic world which is similar to the present day Mediterranean, as I understand, so I had a lot of fun looking up appropriate plants and architecture.
The town in the background is pretty much a chunk lifted out of the real life town of Manarola ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manarola
) -- and so I take no credit for the design of the town, though I did construct this perspective myself, using a rough plan of the buildings traced off satellite images of the area from Google Maps, and eyeballed elevations of the individual buildings from photographs.
The clothes are a bit of a hodgepodge of eras and styles; I was going for neo-Medieval (as with Evariste's clothes), but then I really wanted to put Maria in some sort of bolero jacket ( similar to this, in this case: www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/col…
), so I figured in the end that folks in a post-apocalyptic (or indeed in any) future would have access to designs from any and all eras preceding their own.
The boats in the foreground are a couple of Melonseeds ( www.melonseed.com/the-remarkab…
) (something like these ( fineartamerica.com/featured/it…
) might have been nice also, but they were too large for my purposes) which I modeled and projected into the appropriate perspective in Rhino; I then popped them on top of the perspective drawing I'd already done of the town in Photoshop (I'll post a WIP of this little monster on my Tumblr later today
The starfish is one of these guys: ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster…
) (I admit to choosing it for color and shape; I don't know what part of the world they live in; in a post-apocalypse type situation, though, I figure you can be a bit fast and loose with stuff like that) and you should not of course pick up starfish off the rocks you find them on, because you will hurt their little feet (not the arms, but the feet inside the arms). I'm assuming either that this guy was already floating free, or that Maria... coaxed it onto her hand? Can you do that? I don't know. Anyhow, the starfish is fine.
The foreground plants are yucca, which I was intrigued to find are now naturalized in Italy (although they aren't native to that area). (I understand the internet's been interested in color lately: so, for anyone interested, the yucca in the foreground are white and green. Any other color you think you see is entirely a product of your own imagination.)