Digging the motion in this piece for sure - you did a great job conveying that. And the proportions are spot-on for this contest, no doubt.
My only nitpick would be your light source and the strength of it. While your piece definitely draws the eye to your characters with their placement and the motion, you could probably knock everything else back a little further still with more atmospheric lighting. You've got the atmosphere in the mountains .. maybe just start it a little sooner so it fades that castle out a bit and really focuses your attention on the characters that much more.
Also - since your characters are headed from an open area to a shaded forest, majority of the light on them should be coming from behind them, which makes the lighting here a tiny bit awkward. But I see why you chose to light them how you did - you wanted to be sure they popped off the flat background. Perhaps try experimenting with an early-Disney colouring style where the background has all kinds of lighting and detail, but the characters pop off of it because they're flat. That's something I've been experimenting a bit with as well. (http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/brownbair/adventurer-norman)
Also some good rules to go by in terms of lighting:
- Highlights and shadows should almost never be the same temperature. So either warm highlights and cool shadows, or cool highlights and warm shadows.
- The area with the most contrast should be the focal point of your illustration/character/environment.
But yeah, with all that said, this is a strong piece and you should be proud. =) Best of luck to you!!
Thanks for the feedback! Yeh I need to practice some more with light sources and shading, Its something i think i need to plan out before i start the drawing. I tend to dive into the artwork straight away without thinking about it properly. I'll keep those tips in mind as well for my next bit of artwork. Thanks again for the feedback, much appreciated. =)
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