The expectation of meaningful nuclear peace talks with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un fell flat this week. The president says North Korea didn't offer enough in exchange for lifting sanctions, and North Korea says they offered more than the president is saying. Either way, the peace we all hoped could be attained has made no progress this time around. And with no progress, the issue of nuclear armaments returns to the forefront. I'm sure more talks will be had in the future, by this and other presidents, but I doubt this lack of discussion will help matters.
The idea of a fragile peace is an excellent one for the cartoon panel. Believe it or not, the lighting logic was the toughest part of this one. The light is coming from above the foreground, which makes for simple shadows in opposing directions. That's fitting for the subject matter. A lot of this work boiled down to emphasis. The yellow of the nuclear symbol was too powerful for awhile, and the pieces of shattered glass had to match the line weight of the main, broken peace sign without overwhelming it. I felt it was important to keep the viewer's attention centralized, so I kept the line weight just a bit below what was in the circle.
This one took about three hours over two days – most of the work was done in the first hour of the first day, but quite a few things needed polishing before it was finished. In fact, you can see a couple things get adjusted after the signature is in place. Better to have things out of order than post a piece you wish was better. In fact, hours after I completed this one, I had to go back and adjust it again. The pile of broken glass in the original just didn't read right to me, but I couldn't put my finger on why. After a couple hours not looking at it,I realized the pile was too big and too centered. I ended up cutting away a good portion of that pile and spreading some geometric shapes horizontally across the ground. That actually ended up reading more natural and it also added to the depth of field since there are now pieces behind each figure. I'm glad I changed it.
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