Hope I didn't discourrage you. Your perspective issues are very small and with very little exercise you will nail it, actually you only need to be more aware of the perspective when painting, and your work it out by matching parallel lines and by connecting with a vanishing point, or several points which ever your perspective is based on.
http://www.termespheres.com/perspective.html, <-- simple as that.
That Chow really is beautiful... that entry should win. By far the best picture in the contest. I love it, very powerful and really nice details. I saw it in the finals thread and had to come here to comment. I feel lazy not finishing my chow, only the eow...
Your Eow I did already comment in the wip thread and as I said, the only thing I could mention was that you used one point perspective which in it's own is already a strong compositional decision and then you even used the arrows to lead the eye and point inwards to the castle far out, which sadly happens to be non detailed, however you did detail the foreground, but as the eye is lead to the point that is almost the least detailed confuses the viewer. This too is a very easy to understand kind of thing, just like with perspective, you only need to be focused and constantly question every decision. As for composition, ask your self what is the most important part of the image, how to lead the eye. There are serveral methods, the use of contrast, color and value and then there are direction, perspective and movement, all of these are powerful eye leaders. You only need one, but to really emphasize the importance of a part in an image you can combine several of these if not all (which might be a little overkill).
1. Check your perspective with your vanishing point/s.
2. Be aware of you compositional decisions and question them as you progress.
Thou I think you did a good composition with the Beast Chow. And you did say you didn't go all in on the Eow so I don't mean to step on your toes by telling you something you already know.
I'm also learning... I have just figured out the importance of these pats myself, now it's time to really practice them. These weekly activities are just heaven sent for people like us, to test and improve skill.
Hope you understand what I'm trying to tell, I'm not so good with English.