@emilym That looks great! I like her looking down. This is a very peaceful composition. You may still need something to bring the eye up and around, but you could probably even do that with the light hitting the ripples in the water. I like the shorter sail. You mentioned that it was part of your original idea to make it break up the shore line. That is a great way to tie the piece together. If you still want the sail to extend far above it, you can always move down the horizon.
@smceccarelli fabulous! fabulous! Simona to my eye this one is much better, his expression makes me think of wonder. so I'm more drawn into the story (which is after all the point). Excellent!
If you wanted to animate you could use a 2D software because this scene is essentially flat. I would use Adobe After Effects, but I think there are other options.
Thank you all for your kindly advice, it is fun to have others eyes to see.
I think kind-a got a little fixated on aspects of technique, and if I'm honest, that tree image on conformed to flag was the impetus for the work (at least partly). @TwiggyT@Miriam@RHirsch@Sofie_designed Thank you
From a quick image search, it looks like the Skottie Young style also usually has the eyes a little lower on the face. In some drawings, the eyes have a little bit of a diagonal slant & are slightly pointed at the corners--esp. the inner corner of the eyes, but in other images they are more rounded ovals.
My initial thought is that a sleeping cat will read more as a literal cat, where I was going for a representational image showing that people have different ideas of what is fun. I also feel like this one has a slightly humorous quality, and a more peaceful image might loose that aspect. But I can see what you mean about comfort being an opposite of travel & adventure, so I will think about it some more.
Thanks for all the compliments & for sharing your thoughts!
@gary-wilkinson - good point!! I should have added some people into my thumbnail sketches. (I'll have to save the zombie apocalypse for a later date) I have gotten into a bad habit of not roughing my sketches all the way out and then jumping into the artwork before taking it to the next refinement stage. Thank you for taking a look and sharing feedback! It's much appreciated.