While hiking up and around Cathedral rock I shot a plethora of photos that had great composition. The difficulty here is what to edit out. At every new turn the landscape was inspiring. Here are a few of the photos. I wanted to create a composition that gave the viewer the feeling that we experienced, how the rock formations tower above us.
This is the digital sketch, you can see I used a 3 point perspective to convey the felling of the towering rocks, even though it's a horizontal composition.
This was the first digital color rough. I liked it but I thought it would be valuable to experiment with various other color ideas.
I didn't plan to do 16 variations. But it was a valuable exercise. At this point I switched to oils in my sketchbook to do a final color comp.
This reproduction is a bit yellow. You can see a couple of notes and color swatches. 11x14
I don't have any in process shots of the final but here's my palette and work area.