This one particular one is pretty much pure imagination, but I will look at a variety of inspiration when I set out on a project, just to either refresh my mind on the specifics of (for example) Afghan walled towns, or Tuscan mountain villages. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere where I can see some fairly rugged scenery out of the window and that's a big help!
Cheers! A great deal of this one is Artrage. All the impasto marks on the buildings and the mountains is AR, the foreground too. I did some finer work in Painter, then finer still in PS, and tweaked my levels and added some gradients where needed in PS. I'd say its about 85% AR though.
Thanks Jan! I'm glad you're getting that Afghan vibe - that's the kind of thing that sprang to mind when I read the brief. The Hindu Kush, The Man Who Would Be King and so on. A place ripe for adventure!