Good repoussoir effect can really make an image. Like in this case. The aim of the image is to introduce/describe this exotic city i think, and it really does the trick. Like the opening scence from Disney's Alladin -> you have the dark slums, and then through the townships the entire city is revealed,gleaming and stretching of in the distance.
Man, I totally love these cityscapes of yours... backgrounds have always been my enemy, so your work is a real motivator for me!
When I first started watching you, I used to think "wow, this looks like a painting straight out of some of my paper and pencil RPG books... and then I had the realization and was glad I didn't comment and make a fool of myself God only knows why I'm telling you about it now!
To be fair to yourself, there is a lot of that kind of commentary on DA! "You should do this for a living" is probably the one that stings! "Um... I do?" Ha Ha
I love doing scenic stuff. And that is something that has developed over time - I didn't used to, but you find your way to it I think. You just have to keep an open mind and try lots of different solutions to the problem.
Thanks Ralph! I had several city scapes to paint for this book, so I had to come up with some different takes on the subject. This one was aimed at making the viewer want to get past that big gate, and I'm hopeful that it worked out ok!