Hmm, it might seem like a subtle or weird thing but:
– multiple but varied compositions within the same story/world
I noticed that I was good at coming up with an interesting composition for one moment in a story, and I was good at coming up with a surrounding story that was interesting. BUT I wasn’t great at turning those other story moments into interesting compositions. So I’d do the second piece in a series and it would feel flat even if I liked the story and character.
To this end, I’ve been looking through lots of picture books to find how different moments are captured and how the story flows from one composition to the next. I’ve also been practising coming up with multiple compositions in the same universe before completing the first piece in that universe. And I’ve been trying to remind myself of the many different ways to make a good composition. I really feel like patience is key for this one – you’ve gotta create a bunch of comps of the same story moment before actually jumping in.
(Don’t jump in. I always knew soccer would turn out to be useful. :P)