As you see, I took the pose of the Captain through a radical change. I’m quite happy with the result. It’s now a much simpler and also cooler pose, I think. It has more of a daredevil character because you get the feeling, that the Captain knows what he’s doing. Of course, you’re still wondering what the heck he’s going to do to save the alien girl but now, at least, you get the impression that he’s got to have some serious skills to face the beast in that fashion.
Concerning the composition, I think the new pose does an even better job then the previous. The previous pose had this strong triangle, connecting the Captain through his outstretched arm to the Beast’s head, through the beast’s arm down to the girl and through her outstretched arm back to the Captain. This, without any doubt, was a nice and strong composition but also it felt a bit too formal, I think.
What I have now is a much stronger feeling of conflict between the Captain and the beast. The tree draws a diagonal line between the contrahents which is only bridged by their stares (and not the reaching arm anymore). The triangle is still there but it’s much more subtle now and the composition focuses more on the hero and does not circle around in endless repetition.
Well, that’ at least, what I’m thinking about it. Don’t hesitate to tell me your opinions. But that’s the final pose for sure. No chance for me to come up with something even better in the time I have left.
Oh, and please notice some subtle changes in the other characters. I tried the variation on the Hawkbeast’s far leg and I love it. Thanks again to Anapäst for the suggestion! And I made the reaching hand of the girl much more expressive but this detail you’ll only get to see in a higher resolution and with the colors and constrasts tweaked, I guess.
So, now it’s really time for the background and environment!