Still exploring the world of clouds, castles and airships. I'm not 100% happy with this, but I've certainly spent more hours working on this than I'd care to admit.
Many thanks to jalonso, neofotistou and onek for their patience.
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the mlighting and the palette on the tower are just great. otherwise, i agree with what others have said. still a nice piece though.
Shadows and lighting... mhmm
Thanks, everyone. I do like the atmosphere of this piece, so my mistakes with the clouds really annoy me. Maybe I'll go back and fix it some day.
I like this. Its beyond my level to critque right now but i think using night sky image as reference will greatly enhance its appeal.
I like the feeling of that picture. Really nice. The boat is the best part.
the tower is great
I like the tower.
Thanks for your comments, guys! Working on this piece really forced me to work on my cloud painting technique, and I can see that I still have a lot of room for improvement.
@Jabber : I can see your point considering the dithering technique. It doesn't really create that look of mist creeping up against the mountain top. I guess I could have done that better, even without dithering.
I really love the tower. I think you should use that as the preview. The clouds look rather too bobbly to me, though - they look more like treetops. Nice atmospheric palette, too.
The lighting from the fire is good. That weird mini-circle shading technique works well in the sky, but not so well with the cloud (?) against the rock, because the contrast between the colors is a lot more severe. It doesn't seem to create the right texture there. Not that I have a better idea necessarily. Overall it is good though.
A little too detailed, yes.
clouds usually aren't that "blobby."
Otherwise, I really like it. i dont think the preview does it justice.
It hardly seems a cloud, reminds me of something related to fire and smoke.