I was writing for A&A today and hit a dead end. I'm at this place where, I know vaguely what I want to happen, I just can't work out the best way to get there.
Anyway, in an attempt to combat my block, I started to have a play on Corel with the intention of illustrating the scene. I knew I wouldn't get anywhere close to a finished image, being so awkward with and scared of digital painting, but I did, I think, get a fairly acceptable starting point. I stopped because I realised that I'd a) gone a little overboard with the light rays and they were also slightly bent on the left, and b) forgotten to put the background tree trunks in before I did the lighting, but I experimented enough with the dappled effect to know I could reproduce it in future if I wanted to.
Anyway. I'm still none the wiser on how to approach this.