View Full Version : Composition critique?

02-24-2014, 08:43 PM
Finally had time to art some this evening! Working on Xylo's request pic. Here it is so far:


Kinda-sorta art noveau, kinda-sorta Ivan Bilibin (http://i.imgur.com/xnc9Q2T.jpg), kinda sorta... I dunno. Dragon!

There's unwanted tangents with the plants/circles right now, and some elements are just copied and pasted to get the idea across. If this composition is not the worst idea ever and those elements stay in, they'll all be individually drawn and there will be no horrible tangents.

The plan right now is for the critters inside the circles to be somewhat flat/stylized and the scene in the middle to have simple, soft shading. I think the section surrounding the smaller critter-circles will probably end up being a flat color, perhaps with subtle texture in it. All of the plants/animals I picked for decoration, I picked for a sort of tropical/lagoon atmosphere -- how successful was it? (I went with above-ground plants for on top, and underwater plants for the bottom bit.)

I'm so used to starting with figure first and jimmy-rigging a background behind it, but this time I'm starting with the whole picture first. Any input is much appreciated!

QT Melon
02-24-2014, 11:04 PM

Instead of worrying if everything fits in the vignette, allow some of the parts to go through

Done somewhat quickly on my phone, sorry

02-25-2014, 01:42 AM
Oh wow, yeah, that's such a simple thing, but it adds a lot. Thank you!

02-25-2014, 03:01 PM
Maybe adding an engraving or patter on the outside moon shape could really make it interesting. It seems rather bland right now. Even adding an extra frame around the circle where the other critters are could help imo.

02-26-2014, 03:50 AM
Alright, this is an obnoxiously messy color-sketch-thing, but I wanted to check out my color scheme before deciding what color to make the lines and getting to work on refining:


Color is so not my strong suit. :I

QT Melon
02-26-2014, 10:13 AM
Try using a Gamut Mask to limit your colors and make them more harmonious http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/gamutmask.php

02-26-2014, 11:30 AM
That is way cool. Thank you!