Well, wouldn't you know it, he was right. It's been almost 5 months and I realized what my weaknesses were. The story was not clear, the colors were off (even though Pascal said they were fine) and the characters were not strong enough in the scene. They were, in fact, fighting with the scenery. I've done quite a few illos since the original attempt at Lucy, and that helped me the most. I was now able to make the necessary improvements to finally finish this illustration and feel satisfied. I have to thank Michaele Razi, for giving me some final things to consider that made the difference. As an artist (and as a human being) we can't be tied down to being great right away. Sometimes we need to be mediocre in order for us to grow and become better. Every little thing we create or do is a step closer to who we want to be. It doesn't matter how many years of experience we have under our belt, we must never stop learning... about ourselves and from others.
I hope you enjoy the little story of Lucy and her friend Argyle.
Dennis (aka tanoshiboy)