taking a photograph of one's work, either ongoing, or if considered finished, can do much to hilite where improvements can be achieved, or what actually doesn't look right.
As an example, I have retrieved one of Chris Nevard's outtakes....[I hope
he doesn't mind????] posted on another thread herein.......now, I am in no way knocking the modelling of others.....but am using this as an example to work from, so I hope they don't mind or become offended.
concerning the backscene.....the painted-on buildings , fine though they are as a whole, really could do with blending in a bit more with those excellent low-reief buildings in front.
specifically, look at the backscene windows
The low relief buildings' windows have been done very well.....the builder getting the right idea regarding how
a glass window appears from outside?
[although curtains/screens may show up].......this needed to be carried over to the backscene windows......ie black rectangles, with perhaps window bars/sashes shown up as white[ish] lines?
This alone would ensure uniformity of appearances in a confined area.
Other comments I would add.......the bus? It is VERY rare that the front, steering wheels can actually be got into the straight ahead
position.....a little judicious bending of axle/wheels [try to keep steering angles uniform....don't want the bus to appear undriveable?].....gives a better impression of the vehicle actually being driven
..instead of plonked there?
same comment concerning the Riley[?] behind?
Tiny flats filed on the bottoms of the vehicle tyres give the impression of weight, and rubber tyres? The tyre colouring is about right though.....
details I would add?
the traffic island with the tall light.....the keep left
sign has been placed, showing effort.
However, the actual kerb is unmarked....in this era I recall kerb stones being painted black and white.....noticeable even when dirty?
I would question the presence of those telegraph poles?
[creosoted timber planted close to where people walk by??]
Another observation I note....the vehicles, and people seem to be frozen in action
Yet the trains will not
In this respect, I don't feel the scenic details compliment the trains.
A solution to this problem is, simply to avoid
frozen life.......and aim for still life
ie, position vehicles, and people in poses which do not imply frozen action
........but do imply they're likley to be there some time?
vehicles actually in parked
poses, for example?
People simply sitting around, or in repose...or better still, largely absent from the scene
capturing a moment in time
is all well and good........but must include all other aspects, including the trains...which rather defeats the original object?
short of continually moving and removing vehicles and people, I feel it is better to leave out things, so the scenic details compliment the railway as a moving entity?
in other words, less is more?
I can take the brickbats,no fears...