After doing a lot of research around Reykjavik I have pieced together a panoramic scene including several Christmas traditions. I had planned to release the illustrations in two parts - as Christmas cards - that can sit together as a complete diorama.
Lots of small elements from Icelandic folklore will be included in the scene. I may even approach the Icelandic tourism board as the illustration already looks like it could work as a Christmas map or art print.
To wire together lots of details into the scene, I have continued creating line-based frameworks of the main architecture nestled into a two point perspective.
I have started cladding the buildings here with the famous colourful houses of Reykjavik.
The lighting and reflections in the Blue Lagoon immediately add atmosphere which is a trademark of my work. I have tried to flatten the colours of my work more but having a tangible quality is something I do not want to lose, and I achieve using soft gradients and changes in depth.
The scene will have the northern lights overhead, meaning a night scene will demand more contract and shade in the illustration.