Wow! You've improved a lot! I have to say I like them both the same really, the before because the polar bear seems a bit cuter however the after because I love the background. Good look in the contest!
Thank so much, glad you like it. Ya, I was back and forth with wether or not to give him teeth, I guess that can take away from the cuteness. His mouth just looked so empty with out them. Beautiful gallery by the way!!! Loved your entry
Haha, the bear got fat! Although I think the drawing certainly improved in the new one, but I kinda like that strip of moonlight in the middle of the older peice. It really draws more focus onto the artwork. Also because you're using a grey background the bear pops out more with that coat. In the newer one the focus seems more... scattered throughout the picture? Since there's so many subjects. Eyes kinda goes like bear, worm, owl, bats, house, snowman, road, bear, fishing. It's kinda cool because it tells more of a story, but I feel that a lot of tension is drawn away by the owl. The first composition is much more simple, so it can hold the eyes better at first sight.
Haha yup, who doesn't love fat animals though I had mixed opinions on the strip of moonlight when I was asking for feedback from some friends, so I just decided to leave it out in the new one. There is a lot more going on in this one, I didn't want the bear to so much be the focus as in the last one. I was going for a bit of story scene so to speak, thats why the owl and worm are in colour as well. I agree the other one was much simpler in its layout. Thanks for the feedback, all very good things to consider on my next piece!!!! Much appreciated
Although the new one has more details in the background and more eye movement going for it, I can't help liking the old one more. In the new work there is a visual tangent between the moon and the land, which is generally a bad thing to have. The orange owl draws the attention there as well, and away from the bear itself. In the old one it was also very clear what you were supposed to be seeing, and although the eye could escape at the bottom, because the reflection in the ice was too strong, in the new one it could happen all over the place. There really isn't anything that would "hold" the eye inside and the bear isn't dominant to call the eye back if anything happens. What's more, the muffled colors of the bear itself, combined with the extreme dark patch of trees lined up between him and the hook in an arc actually work against getting the eye to look at the bear itself.