Lovely work! I think that lacking the familiar cartoon swirl clouds and other such clichés makes this visual style less familiar, which means it sticks out in your mind more. If the scene had swirly cartoon clouds, people would look at it and think, "oh, Kung Fu Panda fanart, that's nice" and it would get lost in the memories of all the other art filed under that mental category. Pulling from less familiar source material like this makes it more memorable.
The swirly cloud motif would be too "deco" or baroque for this scene anyway, IMO. It could pull too much attention away from the lovely subtlety going on at ground level.
, polycounter, 794 Posts, Join Date May 2009, Location Irvine, CA
i'm loving this, especially those rocks, you really nailed it!
only the old man doesn't quite fit, he's to clean, aspecially compared to those rocks he's sitting on
that's how it is in the movie though so if you want to stay true to it it's all good!
, spline, 197 Posts, Join Date Mar 2012, Location Belgium