This has resulted in the need to alter my idea. Having discussed this with a peer, we both filled in those missing links. We developed a better theme and a more solid direction, keeping to the natural homes but with a better version.
My new idea is still keeping the Wizard character ,but having him very miniaturized in his world. His home will be placed on a large tree stump that he has adopted with the idea of nurturing regrowth. The player would need to jump on to mushrooms/ fungi platforms to get to the top and travel to the Wizards house. The player will start to the left of the Wizards house at the point where the rooted bridge crosses the puddle stream. At the point of starting the player would become miniaturized so that the environment including the grass, leaves, ferns and rocks will be Goliath in comparison.
The animated film "Epic" shows the exact idea I am attempting to emulate as there is a clear example of how the normal environmental and natural descriptors within a piece can be shown as towering above the characters, or in this case the player.
The image screen above shows firstly the colour coded pallet displaying the main assets that would be used to construct the foundation of the level.
The bottom right, illustrates an birds eye view with descriptions of my layout, I kept it relatively simple on my first design so I can build on top of my next version.
On the second design I decided to extent the puddle stream and have it follow around half the perimeter of the scene, leading towards a small mushroom cave, to the right of the tree-stump, which could possibly house gaming assets for the player to chose from within the game.
The following are mood boards which have different themes and will provide ideas and direction regarding the detail, colour and texture I would need to encompass within my own piece
The examples below shows mainly features I would like consider for the structure of the Wizard house as well as the bark detail of the surrounding environment.
The references showing fungi gives a good representation of those fungi that attach themselves to the tree-bark both living and dead.