I'm not getting a real sense of scale. Are those buildings on the left? How did those things get up in the tree?
Everything has a streaky texture.
@Slothboy3000 Yea, those are buildings on the left. A higher res version is on my webpage in my signature, but if it doesn't read at this size then obviously it still needs work. How the stuff got in the tree. Some was built some was lifted up there with a heavy crane on the back side of the tree lol.
@Slothboy3000 there is a higher res version on my webpage on my site in my signature. They are buildings on the left, but if its not reading at this size then obviously that is an issue. There are people scattered through the image to help with scale reference. The some of the stuff was built in the tree other stuff was lifted by a huge crane on the backside lol. I don't so much mind the streaky texture but if enough people mention it I was definitely use it more sparingly. Thanks for the help.
I'm really bad at painting landscapes, but I agree with the above comment. The foreground guy looks like he's maybe 10 meteres away from the tree... I learned just yesterday that you can push elements further away by making them lighter in value.
I did a little experiment with your picture, which I hope proves the point and maybe gives you some ideas. Hopefully someone more skilled than me at these things can make you a better paintover, because it is a pretty nice concept you have!
I also tried to straighten up the ground plane a bit in the right corner, because it looks like your image is sort of melting down into it. Stronger colors wouldn't hurt either, sunsets are usually pretty dramatic!
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I think it would read a lot better if you just either took the guy in the foreground out all together or made him way smaller. Right now it looks like hes just across the street from the tree but the people in the tree are like tiny ants compared to him. If they are that tiny then the buildings in the mid ground to the left should be even smaller. That is why if you just shrink the guy way down or remove him then the whole thing will be much more believable. Either that or change the trees values up drastically to make it look like it is way further away.
I like the lights on effect that FuzzyTingleTimes added
maybe put the same object in the very forground, forground and middle ground to draw your eye in, type thing..
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@Fuzzytingletimes thank you that was a much needed improvement.
@Velocity Kendall That is epic the way that brings my eye into the scene and it will definitely be a technique that I use in the future. It just doesn't fit the story I am trying to tell. I am assuming the fog isn't reading very well in the background.
Either way here are the adjustments I made. I want the guy still in there because he is somewhat of the hero. I tried to push him up on another ground plane and lead in with the cliff rocks. Its not as epic as the trucks flying in, but the concept was to design a tree house. Let me know what you guys think of the adjustments. Again big thanks to you guys.