I chose Populate the Landscape for one of my visual assignments. Why? Because the prompt to fill an empty landscape made me think of a stage where I got to decide what play was being performed there. Filling empty landscape with inhabitants fundamentally changes the whole subject in such a precise way. The actions of 1 human in a landscape can completely overwrite the initial subject matter. On top of that, the prompt specifies Bob Ross paintings, which are created for an aura of peace and serenity. I selected his work “Winter Evergreens”, as it evoked the sense of a place where things come to an end.
And I proceeded to turn it into a location final conflict. A true “boss fight” encounter, where two forces of cosmic power resolve their character arcs. Only one will be walking away from this place.
Bane and CIA from “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” meet in this remote location to put and end to their ongoing enmity. Of course this scene was spawned from the film’s intro “plane sequence”, in which the character on the right introduces himself with “I’m CIA”, grammatically implying that is his actual name. This became an entire meme shortly after the film came out. It was a very good meme though.
CIA has been waiting in the trees to capture Bane off guard, only to find Bane more prepared than ever. His arms are wide open like the landscape, waiting for his foe to approach him. The sun is getting low and the merciless winter night draws closer, like a tundra wolf closes in on its prey. You could say that this is the end of a “The Revenant”-esque tale.
This was all done with photoshop.