I dug out an old image from my artwork graveyard, I remember keeping it because I liked the design of the creature. I posted the original on this thread quite a while ago, and it turned out it contained so many errors it would have been easier to start again rather than fix it.
What I ended up doing however was cutting out the demon and painting a new image up around him. I know this jigsaw approach is never usually a good idea, so wanted to run it past a second pair of eyes before I went any further. It's called "Orpheus" now, hence the lyre.
-too many small details and small brushstrokes
-inconsistent light source
-composition is static... characters just standing there
-because of these things my eye goes to the dead centre of the painting and doesn't know where to go from there... this is a compositional issue as well.
sorry i'm really pressed for time to write something coherent
here's a quick paint over that address some of these issues.
Tried to make a diagonal that leads to the monster's face, and de-cluttered the details from the bottom of the image. Sorted out the stiff pose and (I hope) have created a bit of tension between demon's dynamic pose and the calm confidence of the foreground figure.
Context wise, a gatekeeper is reluctant to let a living being enter hell, but the pure soul of Orpheus allows him to pass through freely.
Thanks for the second paintover Pindurski. I tried to separate the coattails so they weren't overlapping, but I am wondering if the legs look to short now in contrast with the torso? Does the large flat(ish) area on the knee draw the eye too much?