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Well that's quite a solid piece to me, but I'll give it a try anyway.
I think that behind the buildings, the depth, mountains and clouds become sort of confusing. They don't read very well at look more like a large pile of sharp details. At least at first glance.
Also, alot of the myst and clouds going between the rocks and mountains look a bit artifical, and almost feel forced there. Maybe make them a bit more affected by light.
The myst was done with a cloud like brush, i went really lazy there . I have no idea what i am doing when mixing cloud like forms with mountainous terrain XD I'll work on that next time. Thanks though!
Wow! Let me just take a moment and...wow! Now that is an inspirational painting! My friend you should check my landscape painting out in another thread and give ME some pointers! Haha.
As far as critique goes I have the following to say:
Pro- It looks indeed like the word professional! Great establishment of Foreground-Middle-ground and Background. I can read the depth of the piece very well.
One thing I would suggest is to separate those values in the sky, in the background, from the mountains. The atmosphere is blending into the distant mountains and I am unsure if that would happen in real life. Not only this, but that blending is confusing to the viewer; for I had to take a minute to figure out where the distant mountains stopped and where the sky began.
One last positive note though: amazing composition; I instantly hop to that strong rock silhouette in the foreground and then I bounce to the castle looking building on the left in the middle-ground, and then to the area of confusion due to its high contrast.
I've seen quite alot of artists use cloud brushes around mountains, but sometimes I wonder if they aren't just copying other artists that do it and so on. So maybe no one even knows what they're doing in the first place
I agree with the above! It's a very strong piece! If there is anything I can add I would say that the mist is in great spots, just add some mass to it, and it will look real. I think with your ability just pull up a photo ref and spend about 5 minutes and it will be fixed! As far as the background mountains blending with the sky that my buddy Playalot mentioned, I like it. I think that it adds a layer of depth, is realistic, and is well done both compositionally and with value.
The only things I will add are to remember that as an object gets higher its value will decrease because it is traveling further from the eye/camera. Keeping this in mind will help your hills and mountains seem more grand in size than they really are. Another thing is that I think I would enjoy the river itself being a bigger part of the read. For my eye it is the fourth or fifth thing I'm drawn to, and I would like emphasis on it over the rock that Playalot has labeled "F". But that's preference, and if decide to pull attention to it, there are so many ways to accomplish it!
It's not much, and honestly it's nitpicking. I really like the piece and it's very fundamentally sound!
Hey hey great words of wisdom! I hope this guy will look at my landscape too! Haha give me some pointers; I am trying to master those fundamentals!
Wow! Thanks allot guys! It's really humbling saying you think my work looks really good considering I am still learning all this stuff!
I agree with others, a good piece of work. The only thing I would change in this picture is the readability of the background. You should slow down on details for the farthest mountains. It will help IMO. Another thing that I've notice on other painters landscape paintings is that when the weather get misty, the base of mountains or every other high elements get softer and paler than the highest part. Again this "trick" could help the readability.
I've made a very quick paint-over to show you what I mean:
PS: is there a link where I could see your paintings? I'd really like to.
Thanks allot! You can check out my deviant art page http://maxiimust.deviantart.com/gallery/ but I really have so little work to display, most of my other stuff looks really bad (because It was when i was super noob) or unfinished.
I want to get so good that I paint something like that, look at it, and be unhappy with it lol.
I've been drawing for: half a year!
I agree that the furthest detail should be lost. That will add to the depth of the painting! I do think you did a great job, though!
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