This is halfway between a sketch and something more finished. I drew it up, liked where it was going, but then started coloring it and realized I don't know nearly enough about painting to try to get this anywhere decent. I don't think I wanted to try painting it realistically anyway. I intended on doing it up watercolor-style, but veered away from that too, and just started slapping on a texture from CGTextures. I'm not sure where to take it now, style-wise. Any ideas?
The initial drawing didn't come out like I wanted. The basic concept is this is a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic landscape, hundreds of years after the unspecified disaster, taking a stroll on their turf. But I don't think they look ragged enough. The girl in the middle, the focal point, looks more like a porn star. Hair's too smooth, face is too perfect. I wanted more desperation and weathering on these guys. The anatomy is all guesstimated and made-up, because I haven't learned construction/anatomy so well yet.
It needs a background too. Generic rubble w/ destroyed skyscrapers in the distance?
EDIT: the flattened perspective is intentional. I was going for more of a graphic feel than a realistic one. Also, I wanted the horses to be a little abstract and sculptural and so on, but I think I went too far by making them so simplified and cartoony ... feels like a cop-out.
I'll probably try this whole idea over again from scratch at a later point, when I can execute better. For what it is, though, it ain't bad. Probably one of the best things I've done, and one of the most complex. I'm more or less a n00b, though. This came out way better than the initial paper sketch. My Wacom Bamboo + endless undos made it possible. I'm not as good in real life.