Hi Steve, This is a very dramatic moment piece, and I even see it's animated. Her pose is working for me, but it took me a while to get that she is holding her dress with her right hand. Because the drapery is so stretched, it looked like she is dragging a sack with really heavy stuff in it. Also, since you have a dynamic angle and pose, you can push the thickness and the size of her arms and hands a bit more to add more sense of depth. Are you going to lit her face? You should show off her expression! About the color choice, I can see that you are trying to start with really de-saturated brown and blue limited palette, and you have a good base for that. Do you remember what Gale said when we did watercolor painting outside? There are so many different browns, blueish, greenish, reddish, etc....in your color comp, you can play around with different temperature of browns. If you really saturate the flower and give a reflection of the saturation around him, he will really pop up.
Hey Steve, I agree with kanako, it's very dynamic. For her pose, I believe she is leading with her left leg correct? I might bring the knee forward more and add a little more twist in her waist. Also, her right sleeve curves with that shape, you might want to fiddle around with that a bit along with her hair to possibly give it more movement. I know you haven't worked on lighting yet, but a softer light on her clothing and a harder light on the cage could be cool. I hope that helps.
Sweet, good pointers! I'll be able to address that stuff to make it better- thanks!
Nice job Steve! She is definitely not pretty and the whole piece has more movement and urgency.