That area is distracting and competing with your main subjects since it has the same range of values in a significant portion. It doesn't lead the eye to main focus but almost traps you there and leads you outside. Some thumbnails are in order to figure out a way to make it darker, maybe exploring a combination of moving where the trees end on that side and position of fire and how it shines on your characters. For example pushing that side of trees further back they'd catch less light. Imagine if it was near the back leg of the tiger, it could have some (subtler) warm light that would lead you to the focal point. Just cutting vertically up to the end of the part of the illuminated tree already feels more resolved.
I am absolutely baffled by how everybody here is going from pictures of real people to these stylized bendy cartoon versions. He just draws lines like they're obvious but... I can't figure out how they connect to the person he's supposedly looking at. Often the finished product looks cool but at best like a vague approximation of the original. And the photos he's referencing are all very slim and in very unrealistic positions, which seems like the best possible starting point. He's got the message up about "motion not contour" and I'm just continuing to stare at this going, you're drawing a person in a single position from a still photograph, nothing is moving! There is no motion! Or talking about using a C curve instead of a straight line to draw something that clearly isn't the spine to make it look "relaxed" when the woman in the photo is laying in what is clearly a very uncomfortable position and not at all visibly relaxed. It feels like there's a missing "and draw the rest of the owl" part of this explanation for me, but apparently other people are getting it? Is my brain broken or something? Has anybody had this kind of problem and found other explanations that make it click?
Hello everyone! Steven, you showed us some studies that lead to the current drawing. So, when starting this one, to what level of degree do you have it planned versus left to chance? Also, is it harder to draw in this setting, while talking at the same time?