I told myself after my last critiquing here that next time I was doing a fairly large or important piece, I would get it double-checked step-by-step here to get it to the best quality possible then compare the difference in my unaided works versus the new one.
Normally I work without lines. I'm considering using lines for this piece and would like input on that. If I don't use lines, I'll be going for as realistic as possible that I can get. If I use lines, I want it to be more comic like.
So! Basically I need your help. I'll be posting first, for composition issues. (As you can't really tell if I have any proportional issues or shading issues till it's colored.) Then I'll be posting a sketched in color piece. After that a finally colored piece, and I'll make final changes.
A question-- I know in traditional paintings an underpainting is often used... do you think that would help at all in a digital painting?
Any suggestions on lighting would be helpful. It's an alice-in-wonderland type piece so the forest has to be dark, so I'm struggling on how to light the background while making "Alice" the main focus. I thought maybe a lightning bug would provide sufficient lighting inside the mushroom area if exxagerated enough.
Aside from that... I don't know. :/ Just critique anything you can think of... though a few things will be changed already. (Once I decide if it's realistic or not I may change the face of the rabbit and the cat... to a more realistic look, or I may change the two other faces to a more comic look.)
Thanks for the help! (Oh, and the actual sketch is a LOT lighter than this, I darkened it to show up better.)