So I recently got the book The Noble Approach by Tod Polson. I have been trying to not only apply the teaching of Maurice Noble to my film but to my other artwork as well. Here are some studies I did based off the readings about composition and value in layouts:
The very top is the animatic version of shot 1, The second is final version, and the final two were concepts playing with composition.
Close-to-Final Design for Pyro Pup Shot 01
So in conclusion I feel The Noble Approach is a spectacular read, and I recommend every animation artist have a chance to read it ( and own it!! )