The current challenge for ArtOrder is a great assignment to illustrate a hapless adventurer lost in a dungeon. The specifics can be seen here.
I thought it might be interesting to post the progress on my entry here, so if you're interested please read on. After a round of thumbnails, I chose an idea and composition that I liked and worked up a rough sketch:
As you can see from the rough I liked the idea of our adventurer being completely unaware of his impending doom!
after thinking about the idea some more and ironing out some of the perspective issues I refined the sketch to better show how the final composition will look. As was pointed out to me, it will be important to show that our adventurer seems lost and hopeless even without the knowledge of the spider lurking below. I hope to achieve this through the lighting, with the lantern bringing the focus above the collapsed bridge and the spider elements being secondry to the story.
here is the finished sketch:
Stay tuned to see how the painting stage progresses!