Starting the visual development for a new illustration. I'm working with an entirely new process (as per Professor Bierek's requirements), so I decided to share the awkward and occasionally humiliating process with the interwebs at large. Enjoy!
rough concept for main character
cartoony initial version
i got the idea that he would use a canopy of trees as his web, flinging himself around by wing-like spider legs.
rough value study for tentative composition. i rarely spend more than 15 or 20 minutes on these- since everything will change a few more times. even the main character changed already ;P