The luxury train L63 early in the morning on the Geislinger Steige just before the Mill Valley Rock. A Bavarian S3 / 6 pulls the train from Stuttgart to Munich.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Imagine it is 8:15 in January 1930. You have recently turned 20 and you live with your Romanian parents in Paris, where your father is sent to the embassy as a diplomat.
Now you are all going to visit your grandmother in Bucharest to celebrate her 80th birthday. Yesterday at 7:50 p.m. you left Paris on schedule with the legendary Orient-Express. Via Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Munich, Vienna, Budapest you will be in Bucharest tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m.

Half an hour ago the sleeper woke you up with a careful knock on the compartment door. Shortly afterwards the train stopped at a station in a small town. A slight jerk made you puzzled and you opened the window to look for this irregularity. A short whistle at the end of the train, a squeaking horn on the platform and the train started moving again. But now with a locomotive at the end of the train, which pushes hard with loud exhausts.
Shortly before you go to the dining car for breakfast, you look outside again and experience the locomotive working hard and almost climbing the height.
Now you can look forward to breakfast. And see again the pretty girl who sits just one table away from you and gave you a promising smile at dinner yesterday ...

What to do if you want to illustrate a scene that took place 90 years ago. Today it looks completely different on the track. In 1933 it was electrified, the telegraph lines were laid underground and the keeper's house was torn down. The road was paved and widened and almost all the trees on the roadside were felled.
As a base image, I chose a photo from 10 years ago, with a train where you could still open the windows. With my Sony Alpha 7R II I photographed suitable models of the Orient Express at an approximate angle. This created a quick composing. With the fantastic Kyle T. Webster brushes I then drew the motif on an iPad Pro 12.9, from a rough sketch to the finished illustration.
Thank You for Reading and Watching!

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