Compositionally it seems to be I a good spot but it’s also a bit hard to know for sure because it’s still a bit messy. I think the concept alone is intriguing but may be too far in the fringes for this prompt. "Storm" isn’t really a word I would attach to this at the moment but simply bringing in storm clouds could fix that.
I'm currently nailing down my concept for the May contest: storm.
My main idea is that when it rains really hard, trolls take the opportunity to come out of their caves and have a shower. To push this further, I wanted to have another element to contrast something normal to something outrageous.
My ideas are:
A squirrel jumping out of a tree because a troll is about to take a branch to use as a loofah,
Some humans running by, trying to get around the troll and out of the rain.
I'm wondering whether these seem interesting enough. Also, do you think it's necessary to have another element? I think it would make the piece stronger. I was originally going with the squirrel but my compositions always made it seem like the squirrel was more the focus and not the troll. I am currently leaning toward just having some small human figures running out of the storm.
Please let me know if you have thoughts on this as a concept for storm.
Thanks so much @Katherine ! O0o, I like that. I’ll see if I have time to add a vessel of some type in. Good idea!
I’m not familiar with John Kenny’s work, but I just checked it out. Yikes, his work is super well done and super scary. You’re right this piece totally has a John Kenn vibe. Your work also has hints of J.K. in some of your pieces. Is he one of your illustrator heroes?
Books and leaves (although they look like petals) floating on the water
the base of the trees hopefully look like they're under water (this is still just a colour study so I didn't put much effort into the rendering)
I added a glimpse of the departing storm at the top right corner — I intend to make it more indigo than it looks here
I also added some tree shadow, which I've played around with many different compositions of and still think they look a bit lame. Not sure if they're adding anything.
It may still not scream Storm because I tried some felled trees and it just felt wrong. I like the idea of making the wings wet but that seems beyond the scope of a colour study so I'll leave that until it comes time to paint.
Have the changes I made helped? Should I push any of them more? Any thoughts on the trees' shadows?
@Griffin The buildings being in perspective definitely gives the piece more life. I think overall the piece looks great! I cant wait to see it once it's done.
One thing I'm noticing is that the perspective isn't consistent throughout. While I believe it's fine to have certain elements be flat, it looks like those flat elements are a bit random. Maybe you're noticing that and it's throwing off your perception?
@Kristen-Lango 🤣 well that could be a few things but for me the biggest one rn is the stairs. I was trying to do something like this one here but wasnt happy with the results when i tried. i sketched in a couple other things i was considering here but wasn't able to complete.