In theory you can make a picture more interesting by capturing a dramatic perspective. But after I get my perspective I like to exaggerate it. After all, I draw cartoons.
Using the perspective tool in SketchBook Pro 7 - and then tweaking it - I drew this...
Anyway, after changing out chimneys I created this:
In my neighborhood security bars are the rule, not the exception. And incidentally, the actual house on which this was modeled also has security bars over the windows.
I like the colors and I especially like how physically painting elements on paper rather than coloring them digitally imparts a somewhat cartoon look to the whole enterprise. Which is what I was shooting for...
The paintings themselves are unimpressive because I do no shading with paint. If you shade each element independently, I figured, you'll wind up with cross-signals as to where is the light source. So I wait until I "composite" my elements before applying digital shading. In spite of that there are still a few glaring cross-signals. Mwah mwah.
Peace on the home front. Imagine a retired couple sitting in their living room watching the T.V. or, better yet, reading their books as the sun goes down on yet another gorgeous, unclouded, dry California day.
Finish a chapter. Then dinner with a glass of Merlot. Then to bed, up by 5:00 a.m.