First off: thank you so very much for taking the time to leave me such a thoughtful comment! I really do appreciate it.
I'd originally envisioned this with silhouettes (see: [link]
's feedback really helped to make me see that they warranted a bit more attention than that to define the figures, and also that, well, with the lighting as it was, it was really unlikely the figures would actually be in full-on-silhouette. I'm really thankful he gave me that feedback, too, because I really think it helped the "read" of the piece, and kind of bring it all together into a more cohesive whole.
I'm glad you like the color scheme and ambiance as well! It took... a few more passes than I'd like to admit to finally settle on something that emulated a feeling of warm dawn light and an inviting mood that's well.. welcoming.
You don't have any idea how much it means to me to see that viewers unfamiliar with the characters and their journey can "feel" that sort of scene as well. It's really, really humbling and gratifying both at once.
Hehe! I'm glad you like the horses! While I love equines, it can be really tricky to draw them from scratch in perspective, I'm fairly happy with how these two turned out. I am not sure there ever was such a happy skeletal horse, to boot!