Hello again all!
After much experimentation with different visual styles we settled on remixing the work of the Hudson River School painters. The narrative of Newborn Bard centers around themes from American Transcendentalism, a literary and philosophical movement started in the mid 19th century by Ralph Waldo Emerson and a group of like-minded writers, and poets. We saw a unique oportunity to add some historical context to our narrative themes by using actual paintings from the same time period. Both Transcendentalism and the Hudson River School emphasized the power and beauty of nature, and in fact many of the Hudson River School painters were directly influenced by Emerson's writings on nature.
The screen shot above shows a semi-secret cliffside area from Newborn Bard. The hills in the background come from a painting by Thomas Cole titled The Oxbow. (pictured below)
Here are some other paintings we are using. See if you can spot the borrowed trees in the screen shot at the bottom.
Kindred Spirits, Asher Durand
Summer Afternoon, Asher Durand
Copyright issues (for those interested):
After a little research we determined that all of these Hudson River School paintings (dating from the mid to late 19 century) are old enough to be in the public domain, and as long as we use public domain photos of these public domain paintings we are in the clear regarding copyright.