Been using my time in the digital painting workshops to experiment with some further concept designs.
With the second thumbnail on the left page, this piece follows a part of the novel where our adventurers use a canoe to traverse the Amazonian river, where the narrative conjures imagery of being watched and a sense of claustrophobia with the overbearing canopy of trees where only few rays of sunlight penetrate. Its a rough piece of work, where I feel the composition still needs adjusting.
This piece following the thumbnail also on the top left page, features the entrance of the plateau where the prehistoric animals dwell, where our heroes figure to use a tree as a bridge. I believe the more dynamic composition works much better in this piece, with a distinct layering of a foreground element. From some constructive criticism from Phil, I also started to begin to enlarge one side tree bridge to give the illusion that it fell at an angle for a more intriguing composition. Still a work in progress, I may come back to this at a later point.
From my thumbnails and initial concept paintings, I'm beginning to gather an idea of what I aim to achieve in respect to my subject material. Based in a specific natural environment with prehistoric dinosaurs, it seems unfit to change this entirely through a different genre such as a sci-fi setting. Instead, my initial plan of action is to really push this concept of a natural world seemingly untouched by modern man, and see where it will take me. Thus this way, I feel more confident in respect to the source material, although I wonder if this is a big enough step in producing unique concepts. I guess time will tell, with some more sketches and experimentations.