Another in my series of illustrations for Island of the Blue Dolphins. For references I looked at lot of photos of caves with water, like this one:
Here's my original thumbnail, which is literally about the size of a thumbnail:
And here is my preliminary color comp:
At first I really liked this scene, but as I kept working, I began to feel like it was missing something. Whenever I feel stuck, I consult with my classmate Young Kim. He used his concept art experience to take my little scene to a grander level, by suggesting that I zoom out and make more interesting silhouettes with the rock.
I had to finish this in a hurry, so it isn't quite as polished as some of my other pieces. But I still like it a lot.