Exploring different solutions
I sketch a couple of options. The first one focuses on the characters, their poses and their expressions – there’s just a hint of the environment. The second one opens up the scene. The characters are smaller in the composition and there’s more space to show off the cathedral space. This second approach would enable me to enhance the solemnity of the image.
When I working on a complex environment I usually create a large file and work in the central area. I choose a perspective with two vanishing points, and this means I’ll be able to show off the stained glass windows and play with the coloured light they cast. I roughly sketch my characters and architectural elements.