I chose to enlarge the Capitol in the background to give it more dominance and simplified the surrounding buildings. This is my rough pencil drawing of the illustration.
I added three sailboats out in the lake and like how they activate the front with their sails.
The color palette is a lot of blues with a punch of turquoise in the windows that reflect in the water. The Capitol was very difficult to simplify because it has tons of beautiful detail. It deserves its own illustration! After I added color, I sent it to the Monona Terrace gift shop manager, who I met that summer day, to review for accuracy. She suggested a couple changes to some buildings which I was happy to do.
Here's the final illustration of the Madison skyline in color. It is available as a card and art print in my Etsy Shop and also available for wholesale. Watch for it around Madison gift shops. I have an order going out this week already!