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September 21, 2012
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Ancient city by StanislavStoyanov Ancient city by StanislavStoyanov
Imaginary scene. No reference is used.

Any tip, advice, help will be gladly accepted.
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This genuinely blew me off my feet. Where do I start?

Colors. Amazing. You did a great job with that. Especially with the ocean. I love how all the different shades of blue are all blended together.

I feel like the mountain could use more texture. It looks more softened than the rest of the picture. On its own, that's fine, but with the super detailed boats and buildings, it looks slightly out of place. Same with the pathways leading up to the buildings.

The buildings! Oh my god so much good detail. :D I feel like if I keep looking at it, I'll start seeing little people poking their heads out of the windows.

Speaking of people, I like that you painted a person with a camel. How small they are in comparison to everything else really shows how huge everything in the picture is.

It's a really beautiful painting. I can't stop staring at it.
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Briony-zisaya Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
amazingly beautiful work and if painted without reference even more impressive!

* only thing that looks a little off to me is the path from the castle on the right side.
Considering the size of the people visible it's going down way to steep....but that's about it.

Besides that proportions and perspective feel healthily balanced (I'm not an expert either though ^^) and colors and shadows are creating a nice atmosphere.
StanislavStoyanov Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
You are right! Figures at the gate should be smaller. Thank you for this tip! It's very helpful. And thank you for your comment!
Briony-zisaya Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
You're welcome!
I meant it more like the path leading down from the (city?) gate is really steep.
I'd recommend more turned on the path to make it appear less steep.
Otherwise those tiny people would probably "roll down", rather than being able to walk down.
StanislavStoyanov Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:) It seems I haven't read quiet well your comment. But after rereading it I will once again agree with you.:D (Big Grin) It was meant to be back door, secret, dangerous path, but then it turned into main entrance. As you mentioned it, now I can see how to change it and make the image more dramatic. Thank you again.
Briony-zisaya Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Glad I could be of help.  :happybounce:
Keep up the good work!
StanislavStoyanov Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
You can check my newly added image from yesterday and add opinion. :)
beyourpet Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   General Artist
Reminds me of Dinotopia. Lovely!
StanislavStoyanov Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Thank you!
SamuraiKnight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow amazing and beutifully done.
StanislavStoyanov Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Thank you!
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