Thanks! Yes, I discovered that site not too long ago, but don't have the courage to post there, yet. I know conceptart probably isn't the best fit for my work, but after meeting so many of ya in San Fran, it feels comfortable.
Wow, what a beautiful painting!
I would love to see some of the Hudson River work, do you know any sites I can visit to check it out?
By the way, at mattepainting.org, it is fully encouraged to post your environment quick sketches as well as full matte paintings, so dont feel you cant post there jsut because you dont have photoreal matte paintings. In fact, based on the quality of this work, i think you would be a welcom guest there
hey nice feel overall - if I can suggest a couple of things
-Try to knock back the textures a bit on the midground rock which the castle rests on - its as crips as the textures in the FG rocks and kills the depth. Maybe adding a layer of mist or haze might help.
-The castle could a bit more interesting. More ruins and walls - and also something to have a point of reference as far as it size, cause it doesnt feel large and majestic. Maybe some figures or animals as Bierstadt does as a point of size reference.
-Watch out for the repeating shapes of the mountains on the right, the mountains in the BG and the clouds.
-The composition feels divided in two and I think it might be because of the similar sizes of your elements on both sides- which in turn leads your eye to the middle instead of to the castle.
-Knock down the values of the FG rocks closer to a silhouette to accentuate the depth even more and move your eye in quicker to the middleground.
The eye goes to the brightest spot. In your work it is fighting between the end of the river, where I would put it to pull the viewer into the depth and the sky mountain above the water falls.
I also am tempted to say turn down the ambient light to let the shadows darken so that we can see the lights in the buildings better. A bit more blue hour look.