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    Castle WIP

    Been working on this for a bit and thought I'd pop it in here for feedback. Get some objective thoughts on whether I'm heading in the right direction.

    It originally started as a rock/light study from a photo, then morphed into a quick landscape sketch because I liked the light and atmosphere. Posted a worksheet below to show development.

    Suggestions for improvement, changes, paintovers etc welcome. Thanks!

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    This isn't exactly crit - but maybe some food for your artistic soul!

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    So I saw your paintings and I thought - hey that looks familiar and then it came to me. Queribus is a castle about 50km from where I live. Yeah... places like this REALLY exist I kid you not.

    It's so high up when you stand on the battlements you think you're flying. Welcome to the Pyrenees! In fact if any of you fancy some artistic soul food, you could do a lot worse than spend a couple of weeks driving round the mountains here.

    Anyhow, if you want some more ref - you can also search for peyrepetruse, montsegur. All famous old Cathar forts which were destroyed during one the catholic churche's inquisition moments... no one expects the spanish...
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    A-ha!! Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!!!

    Silliness aside, as a crit, lets say that I really like the mood, but right now, so centered in the middle of the canvas, makes the composition very static (Ok, it's a castle, so it's not going to move very fast). You could give it a bit more space to the right to breathe. Regarding the design, it's quite early, but it having a single entrance point, a couple of barbicans in the bridge would look proper.

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    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

    Got those photos in my refs folder (really cool castle, thanks for sharing), and did some more work on it. Tried opening up the right side a little but now I might have to open up the bottom as well. Also added barbicans but not sure if they're in the right place - I don't know much about castles.

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    I'm no expert, but the underside of the bridge seems out of perspective. It looks almost as though it's on the horizon, rather than a good ways below. Try aligning the bottom "edge" with the parallels of the castle walls above it.

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    Yeah, bridges and perspective in general are giving me trouble at the moment.

    Does this read any better?

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    P.S. Apologies for the slow progress. Did something to my thumb (think I'm holding the pen wrong) so I can only work with the tablet for short periods at a time.

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    I think the bridge still seems off. I believe it should be rotated further to the right, so more of its top surface should be visible.

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    Cool, thanks Saladbowl. Will take another look at it.

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