Hey guys! So I'm currently working on the last piece in a mini series I've been doing over the last couple months. Some of you may have seen and also commented.
The series is called 'E-LEO-MENTA' and each illustration is of a lion belonging to one of the elements. Currently working on fire and I was hoping to get some opinions on this last one as I'm not 100% on a couple things.
*My original thought was for the lion's mane to be made of flames (classic) with the tips turning to smoke. However with how the composition is set out, it was getting lost against the sky. I know I could adjust the sky's colours but I quite like how it is. So my next thought was to get rid of the mane entirely and make him a her?
*Secondly, as I've been filling it in with colour, the lava seems to me to be overpowering the rest of the drawing as it's obviously really bright against the dark rock but I don't want it to be a focus point. As I've chosen the lions colours to be grey and ashy to make them more sinister, I was thinking maybe to crop down the image so that the Lion/ness is focused on more.
*Should I rethink the composition altogether? Or am I overthinking it?
As you can see, it's not even close to being finished, but I wanted to ask now before i get to the end and then have to change it.
I've put the 2 options side by side.
Thanks in advance