Looks good @Durrell-Odom!
The values came out with good definition between the characters their clothes and their faces.
Illustrator and Printmaker.
I am liking all of the fun stuff in the picture. Good job.
One thing that took me a second or third read to figure out was the sucker in her mouth. At first I couldn't figure out why you put a cigarette in her mouth. You might want to lengthen the stick and make it thinner so it doesn't come across incorrectly to the viewer.
I love the varying areas of light and dark in the piece though.
You might want to look at the framing of the piece though. The little girls head is pretty close to the top of the piece. I love all of the additional details you are providing though. They really make the pieces work.
@Kevin-Longueil I love the softness of the finish.
Here is what I see as the story...
The man is on the shore and reading and writing poetry to the mermaid. She is listening but is daydreaming about what is being said. Maybe she is not even listening but is thinking about the compass object to the left of the picture. Definitely distracted.
I am having a hard time understanding her emotion and what the relationship between the two characters.
I don't know what is up with the flower petals?
Hope the helps, maybe lets you know where to add detail for the story.
I love #6 as well... the looking through the bag gives a great feel. I understand the desire for #8 with the addition of the supporting character and adding to the story.
I wonder if #8 would be stronger if the boy were looking through the bag with a look of wonder. Like the pirate is showing him some great treasure?
Just a thought...