OK, I figured I'd post a layout drawing from the upcoming book. We are heading towards our delivery date in August at breakneck speed, so I will probably post some more very soon. I'm excited about the new story, and like the style of the final renders that I'm attempting to do. This page happens towards the end of the story, so I don't want to spoil it... let's just say there is a poor gargoyle that is getting the business end of an annoying bunch of pigeons that have flocked around him.
This approach to my composition and drawing is typical to how I handle design problems and layout assignments at work. I've done a variey of tasks in both TV and feature, but they almost always revolve around staging and environments. I'll usually do many thumbnails, and only settle on one after I'm sure it hits the right beats for that particular moment in a story. The angle (whether its dramatic or static), should support the moment, so seeing the pigeons in an upshot above the gargoyle conveys that he is in a less than desirable situation. I tried two different downshots from different angles, but they didn't feel right. This rough is one or two steps away from being final. (I'll post the whole process when I'm finished.)