Mithlond (Gray Havens) landscape/city/castle piece
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    Talking Mithlond (Gray Havens) landscape/city/castle piece

    Hey guys - I did this painting last night and I was wondering if anyone had any valuable feedback on it. Note it isn't overly rendered and detailed but I'm not looking for feedback on that in particular. I'm going for the obvious epic feel and lighting on it and I'm really trying to push my work to the next level - any input is very helpful.

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    I'm not sure how helpful my opinion is on this but I think you are definitely on the right course. I love the use of colours you have going on here it really does have that epic feel.

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    i like the colors and the treatment of the right side... but whats going on with that town? is it on fire or something? looks like smoke to me... that would be contradicting the peaceful composition and palette though...

    technically its a good picture but i dont know what story you want to tell with it tbh.

    [edit] also the diagonals of the smoke and the clouds are too overwhelming right now and theres little to balance that.

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    Thanks guys! The idea was simply there is a huge ammount of mist or "clouds" in and around this place. Good point on the verticals man I might crop it and try a different composition but keeping the main city. I should probably soften the clouds/mist and make sure they don't merge with the sky so it read a bit better.

    Any more feedback is very welcome!

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    If it's all misty, you've got to lose the hard edges in the mist and clouds. Especially for an epic landscape like this, play up the difference in edge between clouds, really soft, and mountains, really hard. Also, you'll need to bring the town to the same rendered level as the boat for sure, but it would look great it you are able to keep the looseness and painterly look to other areas as you finish it. Great colors!!

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    I suspect the sun or main light source is comming from the left? Then the mountain on the left is warm is kinda weird to me, it is illuminated by the color of the sky only and on this case of lighting usually it's magenta/blue haze.

    And if you want epic feel, lower the horizon down a bit.

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