So before I start, I think its best to define what Swag is:
1. an ornamental festoon of flowers, fruit, and greenery.
2. money or goods taken by a thief or burglar.
3. sway from side to side.
All three definitions are relevant, and shall be denoted so as to which applies.
Poliwag sitting in a field of greyish-green, slight yet good contrast between pokemon and background. Pokemon is central to the image, and therefore placed in the center, so nothing special or tricky going on there. With the background, there are a lot of lines pointing in different directions, so if the image was not as small and focused as it was, the eye might have problems trying to focus on that one point due to the multiple signals the edges can send. But, I think with the size of the image, the tail manages to bring the viewer back to what the focus is, Poliwag.
A minor detail here, but one I always try to point out, is that some of the lines when you drew Poliwag look to still be smaller line segments instead of one fluid outline. Be sure to smooth out any tails or gaps left when you have finished sketching something.
Even though it’s not as green as some money can be, still applying #1 here for an arrangement of green.
Your Poli got swagger like he’s been using that move for forever. Good color, shading looks about right, shape of a ball with a leaf at the back, all check out. Something I really do like and most people either would never think to do it or just don’t, is that you gave the belly a pink tint. I can only assume you did it because the light bouncing off the lips would give the area close to it that tint, especially with the light angle you chose, so well done whether intentional or not.
As per definition, I’d say #3 fits, he looks like he could be looking up at the sky and dancing with his money and shades.
Your two-tone background is simple and definitely assists in telling a story here. Mainly that Poliswag managed to get himself some money. THe layers of bills is good imagery, showing how much is there. But it seems very flat overall, like shading or some slight shadows would add depth to the scene. Maybe some of the bills could be crinkled, ripped, or aged to differentiate them from the others. Just something that would give the background itself more character, make it stand out by itself along with Poliwag.
For the lighting you have in this image, it feels like a spotlight or flashlight is shining down on Poliwag. Its mildly confusing, since the cloudy lighter area is on the bills, so I don’t know if thats what you were going for or not, try to be more definite for intent on what the light source is.
Definition… 2? *cough*thief!*cough*
1. Adding depth to the background for more detail and realism
2. Light sources in images, try to make them more apparent, or more specifically make it more clear what/where they are.
After looking at the subtle imagery and utilization of 3 different definitions for one word, I’d have to give this a
Also because its dedicated to my boss, and you just don't fail that.
Poliswag be caught!