can I just say that I really enjoy your sketching styles… I’ve browsed them before but did not have enough time to comment on them, but they are really great and attractive.
If I had to pick the compositions/sketches I liked the most, I’d have to say the first 2 and your latest one. The other ones seem maybe a bit too cliche…
However, I think what you would benefit from most is developing a story. Create a world or epic story, create everything about it, the race, terrain, atmosphere, surrounding areas in space and create a story to go along with it having some sort of conflict. Images will just come to you then, only ‘restricted’ to your givein concept. Right now it seems as though you’re just kinda reaching in the dark with random sketches, they don’t flow. I think in this challenge, and in most art, the story is a necessity before much further work takes ground. It’s like reading a book, it’s a story… only words… but naturally, it’s the restrictions of it being ‘that’ particular sory that lets your mind go wild with images from that story. You won’t read the LOTR series and have images of space-age warriors with rocket packs. And while reading a modern day love story, you’re not going to have images of monsters. Find out what it is that interests you, what you could really develop a new world and story over, and create that. The images will just flow then
And I really think a vital aspect of winning this challenge is simply following what the title says: “grand.” It’s got to be large, the scene has to cover either a LOT of a story, or a LOT of ground within the world. The originality of the world, race, story and the perspective chosen to display all this will really determine your place among the hundreds of artists working their butts off!
The newest sketch is nice, but, I personally don’t get a sense of the “grand.” Maybe expand upon it or use it as a design for a personal sketch sometime. The composition has to display a lot of tension and has got to be, not just beautiful, aesthetic, action packed or whatever… but, when the viewer/judge looks at it, he/she has to be impressed by the entire seen. Not thinking about how much work went into it, or how well it was carried out… you want to capture the viewer in the image.
Hope I made sense and that this helps a little, I look forward to seeing which direction to choose and the development of it!