Some more thumbnails taken further into photoshop, working to experiment and try out various compositions. Again using only black and white to work quickly and focus on composition, so as not to be distracted of the complications of colour at this stage.
Blocking in shapes
Refinement, included stegosaurus
Reworked scale, lighting. Included figure.
This above shot is intended to be a little more dynamic, with our hero Malone spotting a stegosaurus in the central Lake Gladys. I tweaked the scene slightly to position Malone in a more confrontational position for a more dramatic flair. Juxtaposing the figure and stegosaurus helps communicate the sense of scale when compared to their surroundings. The scene itself is a night with only the moon casting a glow of light across the lake, though in hindsight I should have made this more apparent with a visible moon, less 'glow' and darker surroundings.
Initial shapes of composition
Tweak composition, added details
Further details + refinements
More attempts to capture the nature of the plateau of Maple White Land, treacherous to climb and only accessible from a make shift bridge out of a tree. Some rays of light and natural formation of the plateau lead the eye to and from the central focus point of the two plateau faces and the foreground figure (the characters are armed with rifles in case you were wondering). I'll probably try some more shots of the outset of the plateau in recent light of further resources.
Overall, the pieces help clarify some ideas of scenes and shots I've had in mind, while generally finding out what is working or not. They may continue to serve as experimentations, or return to rework these if need be.