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Dark Stronghold by jcbarquet Dark Stronghold by jcbarquet
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This is amazing... the depth and detail are astounding. The color and contrast makes it leap off the page. I picture the sharp jagged rocks surrounding the place as the teeth of some ancient race of horrible creatures who were vanquished by the dark necromancer who lives inside. Great composition and flow... I noticed the small details of the fortress... tiny lights give it an almost futuristic quality. I know that in a critique you should give at least one point of criticism... but honestly... I would not change a single thing. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. Bravo... instant favorite.
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This is pretty high calibre work. This would be at home in some RPG book or something you'd see at a Con being sold, or like a Magic card thing. I always think of oils but you'd be hard pressed to get the detail. I only think of oils because you could sell a painting like for this for big money.

I think the only thing you need compositionally would be some sort of person going to that castle like some sort of hero or adventurer, not res'd in a high quality sense but an impression of it so we the viewer could become that person. I'm going there. I mean we are already there as a viewer.

Beyond that I don't really know, the palette is a bit limited but not really, like you couldn't really add to much to the palette.
?? Its hard to critique because its a finished, refined product.

I think what really kills the artwork in a good way is that you nailed the composition in terms of drawing the viewer in with the spiky mountains.

Anyways great rendering!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Awesome :)
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Xagetta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Dude this looks like a place Dracula would live in, it's AWESOME!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
thanks!
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BrokenHAX Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The building seems so tall and far away... The way you've managed the color is astounding too. It seems so far away, but I really wanna go up to the front door. :D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
thanks!
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
A tremendous piece of work beautiful in its colours, style and the way it draws the viewers focus around the the picture.
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you! I appreciate it.
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Shamaroth Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, it looks alot like Minas Morgul.-
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
:D
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Shamaroth Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I guessed where you drew the inspiration from correctly then I guess ^^ I really like your rendition of that architecture, I love it.-
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Hamadriyad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I remember Mordor immediately. Very creepy.
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
:D
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StarlightSprinkles21 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student
I really like the color!! It gives you this mysterious feeling!! :D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
thanks!
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:iconneffin:
Neffin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]

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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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TheGreenSprite Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
the castle reminds me of something i saw in oz great and powerful
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
haven't seen it :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconsakuratreeplz:I have featured your beautiful work here [link] :heart: :iconleaf01plz::iconleaf02plz:
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
thank you very much
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eumartleon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
impresionante, felicidades!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
muchas gracias!
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I have featured your brilliant wonderful art in my journal: >>>Fantasy Kingdom<<< :heart:
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thank you very much
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Shue13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet JC, great colors!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Thanks man!
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TheEmeraldMasquerade Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's so gorgeous! I love the colors, the light, the atmosphere, the details and...well, everything :D
Amazing job ^^
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thanks a lot :)
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TheEmeraldMasquerade Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^-^
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Mourphine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
how do you create something like this? do you use references? if not, then how're you able to perceive the lighting so perfectly *A*
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thank you! This was actually done without any reference. But I try to use it when I can. I recommend you read Color & Light by James Gurney, it's a great book :)
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suthrnbelle81 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
thanks!
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Madytao Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing atmosphere,
beautifull work!!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
thank you very much :)
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
:clap::clap::clap:
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
:D
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jeffreydirkse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
When will you stop uploading such awesome designs. ;)
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
thanks :D
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
great...
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
thanks
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
thank you!
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Estás que te sales, Juan! :D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
grazie Mario!
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My favorite colors!! :squee:

And somehow, still nice and foreboding, despite the bright colors. :D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
than you!
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electrifried Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
dude this is freakin AMAZING. Reminds me of Mordor. :)
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