It's the narrative that makes it so evocative. We place ourselves in the predicament of the figure. Otherwise it's is just textured rock with a hole in it. Economy of language makes it stronger.
Your image is great BTW I love pencil so I'm biased. Again its the narrative in your piece, that needs tweaking. I know this is not what you were aiming for but in my opinion it is the core to the image. If I was doing this piece I would have drawn the bridge intact going up to the light, or maybe have stairs but to be broken directly in front of the figure. Have them hanging down to either side of the rock and stalagmite, which would draw a line down into the dark chasm below.
Then again because I'm a bit dark I may not have done any bridge at all! Just a figure looking up to the light, without any hope of ever reaching it!
Last edited by AvP; November 16th, 2012 at 05:10 PM.
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