Part of my thesis is a series of illustrations for The Little Mermaid. One of the first scenes I drew was this one of the sea witch preparing a potion for the little mermaid. Here's the old version, drawn last fall:
While there are parts of this drawing that I really like (namely the pile of bones), generally it's very flat and stage-like, which is a bad habit I'm trying to get away from. In my new drawing, I tried a more dynamic perspective, stronger lighting, and some foreground elements. The values are darker too, although some of that (ok, a lot of it) is thanks to a little Photoshop. As usual, I took my own reference photos:
Pretty frightening, right?