Making some progress- I changed the creature's head quite a bit, so perhaps Sigmund Freud can stop spinning in his grave now! Started to make some progress on Tarra as well, but I can tell already that's where I'm really going to struggle.
Now, gotta give some crits to get some, so here goes:
@gnuchi: Like where this is headed! I'd consider changing your composition a bit to guide the viewer's eye towards Tarra's face a bit more- I think the jagged forms in the background pull the eye up away from the focus of the piece- I think the background in your last WIP was more successful. You also might try shifting Tarra and her friend off towards the right- keeping the main focus out of the center of the image can sometimes add interest. Lastly, I'd try adding some motion to the end of the cape- it could add a nice bit of energy, and you can really use the red fabric to draw the viewer's eye in a spiral towards the face.
@Disco Matt: Really charming- their expressions are priceless. Looking forward to seeing your next steps.
@catzombie: Wow, I really like what you've started to develop here. I think if you can work the silhouette of her torso and hips behind the creature you'll establish their relationship to one another a bit more, and that might help the arms read better as being around the creature's neck. I really appreciate the emotion you're bringing to this.
@Zinc: Very nice work-I really like the attitude she gives off. Keep an eye on the foot in the foreground- I think the toes might be too cartoony, and overall it's not up to the level of the rest of your figure. Since it's not really where you want the eye to stop, I think you could get away with a much looser rendering style there, maybe just suggesting the toes with a few brushstrokes. You might try making your creature a bit more unusual too- right now it's easy to dismiss as just a girl with an eel.
@Forrest_i: Fantastic concept, and your design for Tarra is great. I don't know if the creature's pose works with the idea you're going for- I suspect he's supposed to be forming from the smoke, but I guess my expectation is that he'd form face first, and trail into smoke towards his back. Right now his pose is in opposition to the energy of the smoke...OK, I'm not sure that last sentence makes any sense at all, but hopefully you can see what I'm failing to say.
@Bergy68: I'm not sure I could love this more. Angling the horizon line is a perfect touch.
Lots of great work everyone!