Here's a perfect example of what I wrote about in that earlier post. This is a side by side comparison of a 'Watchmen' image Eric did as a 90 minute exercise. The one on the right in the one he's already posted. The one on the left is the one he finished but didn't make the cut. Here's why:
"The first one's already a pretty tough image to make out, yeah? It's a reflection of the main characters, in the blood that's oozing out of The Comedian's head... bits of his brain and whatever. Then there's the pattern of blood and the splatter and the arrangement of the characters... they're all upside-down and all over the place... and the abstract building window patterns behind them. It's WAY too much.90 minutes. Twice finished. And where was the first original when I found it? You guessed it. On the floor. Near the trash can.
It's just so f*cking annoying to sign my signature and realize I just wasted 90 minutes. Just genuinely annoying to think I didn't think about it enough and I got as far as putting my signature on it... and it SUUUUUUUCKSSS. With this one, I think the planning was either bad or just too ambitious. Or both. Whatever.
So I just redrew it. The second time is a bit simpler, but just slightly so. At least, by way of composition, all the heads of the characters sort of line up. You start from The Comedian's face and just move to the left through the reflection, starting with Rorschach's mask. I was also playing around with a narrative by having The Comedian's finger point to Ozymandias; the guy who killed him.
I dunno... it just feels better to me. It's still confusing as hell, but I think it's less noisy the second time around.
Like I said, it may have been too ambitious."