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    A unifying sense of light. The bright clouds are a light source so they would cast light on the castle.Where the light is occluded it would cause shadows The glowing cross' light should spread out and affect all of the spires around it. It too is a light source. The building itself has perspective problems at the gate and a problem with correct scale. Everything in the scene is monochromatic.
    You have no sense of overlapping forms so it flattens the picture plane. You've divided the pictures space in equal proportions-castle, empty center , hill and rider.

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    Thanks dpaint! I really enjoy your environments and landscapes, so I'm thrilled that you decided to post

    I definitely see what you mean with the light sources. I didn't even think about the cross casting light (doh!). Do you (or anyone else reading!) think the castle should be scaled down so as to look further away? Is the monochromatic scheme working or should I bring some more color in somewhere?

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    If you can push the castle back in space that would help it. I would scale up the hill and rider, flag the rider by lightening the space behind them and move them over a little towards the center, let the arc of the sloping foreground hill over lap the base of the castle. One darker than the other, counterpoints of value. This will make the scene about the rider, the castle is the counterpoint- either a haven for the returning rider or the challenge awaiting them. Then it becomes more of a story.

    I took the liberty of a little hack and slash on it

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    Please, hack and slash away! I was considering everything you did, but wasn't sure how or if I should go for it. I appreciate all advice and critiques. This is my first matte painting lol! I'm learning a ton with just this simple piece. Thanks so much!

    I plan to post what I do to it when I get home this evening.

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    You could also fill up the empty space by adding rows of mountains which recede into the distance. This will also give you more sense of depth (use the fog to enhance the atmospheric perspective).

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    You could make more contrast by light and shadow, so it looks more dynamic. To let the viewers perspective come into right direction, lead him with lightning maybe. I made you a horrible example of what I mean, since im bad at brushing and kinda in a rush, but i think you know what i mean at least.



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