Here's my first WIP, guess I'm going with this. Made the cubes in Google Sketchup so me and the polygonal lasso will be spending some quality time making those look better It'll look much more painted once i've actually done some, eh, painting Might grap some ref for the figure and jellyfish, gotta simplify as well, make the whole thing read better (moar cube value simplification like in the bg and better atmospheric perspective) Probably needs some stronger contrast in the nearer cubes... man i need to shut up, you guys gimme some critique !
Dragonfog - what you need is to clarify your forms, look at some photos or loomis or whatever and figure out how light will fall on simplified forms (e.g. cylinder for the sea serpents body).
Also, since you're including the light source in the image, that will be your highest value, and the sky your second highest value since it acts as a light source.
Technical note: use larger brushes and use the hard round or a chalk brush, you can control edges easily enough with them.
um i'm going to be quiet now, i type to much