The first 2 images are my sketch and quick value study submitted for the Sketch deadline:
The feedback I got was that the figure was looking good, but that there wasn't enough of a sense of being "lost" and that the image was looking a little cramped. Well... I'm inclined to agree.
So then I had to come to a realization that I may have to re-consider my composition. Before I totally considered that, however, I played with simply moving the composition up and down and playing with what was going on behind the character. I did this with tracing paper over my original drawing.... and while I was getting somewhere... it still felt stagnant.
So I did what any artist would do that wasn't satisfied with the original work, I took the image into Photoshop and started playing with the composition by adjusting the size of the character in the overall composition as well as adjusting her setting and other than the pose of the character ended up with a whole new image. These should be considered thumbnails I suppose since they are definitely in a very rough stage, but I think they get the picture across so to speak ;)
In this first image I kept the foreground element the same, but changed the size of the main character and her surroundings have also changed to show that there is more to the dungeon than that cramped space she was in before.
This next one I also changed the size of the character and her location but I changed her positioning in the frame. I feel that placing her toward the bottom of the frame increases the feeling of helplessness, plus it allows me space to put in more maze-like dungeon architecture above her showing all the ways she could be going or has already traveled and opened an opportunity to place a dangerous lurking creature behind her. The plan is to have mostly cool colors with the only warmth coming from her lantern and that doesn't reach far. The creature in the background would be mostly silhouetted (perhaps partially obscured by mist) and barely lit by her lantern with more of this crazy dungeon rising up behind it... dunno we'll see
Right now I'm leaning toward the second alternate image, with some tweaking involved of course. Thoughts, comments, harsh critiques?