In this course I feel like I've learn a lot about workflow and execution technique. My project was also focused on that rather than coming up with a really good concept.
I started sketching the thumbnails and immediately I knew what I wanted to do... a keep surrounded by some mountains. I was in a hurry to move on to more advanced stuff so I stopped after the first one.
My focal points are the keep in the top left and that "something" in bottom right, in the foreground (I was thinking to either make it a person or a tree). The composition guiding the eye towards the keep.
Starting with the actual painting I, straightaway realized that I also wanted to give it a more dynamic angle so I did. Also I figured out that it will be really painful for me to actually build up a keep, since I would have to put a lot of thought and work into the perspective since it was architecture, so I simplified it to a pyramid.
I started detailing it a bit, when i realized that the perspective was off, so I adjusted that. I felt a bit of frustration with it because I couldn't get it right, and the more I stared into the screen trying to get it right, the more confused I got. Eventually I think I got it right... I hope.
Tried to maintain a shape language throughout the piece, using similar shapes to build the rocks and the mountains.
I feel like I've learned a lot about lighting and rendering techniques, successfully photo-bashing for the first time :). I'm still not very happy with the piece overall, I feel like the colors could be better (uploading this I realized I forgot to also tweak the final image, adjusting hue, saturation, levels, etc).
I would really appreciate any feedback you guys have to give. :)