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Elsy Capital by jcbarquet Elsy Capital by jcbarquet
Commission for ~Lionel23.

I was asked to do a place very much inspired by Minas Tirith. The flying battleship is where the royal family travels.

Again, it's somewhere between a speed painting and a fully detailed environment.
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I like it, glad you mentioned it was intended to be inspired by Minas Tirith, as that was the first thing I thought of when I saw it. Unlike that embattled city of guard however, yours has a peacefulness to it. As if Gondor had never had a Mordor to contend with.

The mountains are well done and realistic. Not sure about the play of light coming through the clouds. The light is so intense near the flying ship it makes one assume the sun is in that area of the sky. But then there is the light coming through the clouds off to the left. Given the slant of that light, it makes me think there are two different sources. It's a fantasy picture, so no reason there can't be two suns, but just something to keep in mind. The ship is really the one element I didn't like, to be honest I wasn't sure what it was. It's a little overwhelmed in the light, and I don't think it adds anything to the composition as a whole.

I like the mix of colors. Given it's a city set against a mountain range- your going to have a lot of grey/white look. But you brought life to it with the greens and I particularly like the dark blue area on the nearest mountainside. And the purple'ish mountainside area rising up behind the city.

Hope my comments were helpful in some small way. I must say, overall great job.
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CaterBug Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This piece makes me think where Minas Tirith meets Final Fantasy for the flying battleship.
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Flynnon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hey, we used this artwork for one of our uploads (we gave you full credits though). You can check it out here:

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axeL-zeck Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Wonderful colors and light.
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
thank you
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:iconaxel-zeck:
axeL-zeck Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Blow me away...completely...I stunned by the execution and angelic glow....remind me of some scene in The Lord of the Rings...
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
It is actually inspired by Minas Tirith :D
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Photographer
A beautifully fresh palette with some great features.
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks :)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Photographer
No worries.
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Mitternachtselbin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
My first impression was like "Huh, isn't this Minas Tirith?" ...and then I read the description xD
But its totally amazing *_*
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Haha thanks :D
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xNovenusPrimex Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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ioana24 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Minas Tirith? good inspiration. I thing, after all this years the people are still loving Lord of rings.
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Yeah, it has become a major source of inspiration for fantasy artists... I just love it :)
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DarkStarAngelo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow epic, just epic and yh i was actually gonna say it looked like Minas Tirith :P It is so fukin awesome :D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
thanks man :)
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DarkStarAngelo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
No prob dude ^-^ Keep it up cos ur stuff is so amazin *-*
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JustBark Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
A flying city? funny how that come up time and time again.
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Yeah I know, lol
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JustBark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Hahaha well I guess the idea will persist. Either way good luck with the rest.
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SALVUKY Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
i´m not an expert,but maybe you can put some textures,via overlay layer(you can manipulte detail level,with level option)like rocks,folliage,or texture wall for that nice castle.
Soorry for my bad english.
i´hope can help you a litle :)
anyway the work are amazing :)
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Hi! Thanks for the advice, I don't like using photographic textures anymore, I like to paint details instead, but this piece is not taken to a finished level ;)
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Wonderful work! :clap:
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thanks mate! :D
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tornandscarred Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Absolutely stunning, I didn't realise that there was something in the sky as my view was pulled back to the walls and the play of light constantly..... fantastic as always!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you very much :D
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AlexandraBaban Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh, this is so dreamy! I adore it, the ray of lights are stunning, together with the color tone of the light, they almost give the impression of rain. Very beautiful. :nod:
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thanks for your comment :)
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Joetjuhh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is rad!! I love the green and white tones man, good job. Too bad of that sci-fi battleship.. kinda ruins it for me. Oh well, haha.
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
haha yeah I know man, I wouldn't have put it there, but that's what I was asked for :D
thanks!
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Joetjuhh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I understand ;) Costumer is king!
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Valkyriekane Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. It seems very life like almost like it is an actual place in the world. Especially love how it goes from dark to light the further into the painting that you get. Exquisite!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thank you! Glad you like it :D
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eXecutex Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Amazing ! Just how beautiful is it... xD Keep it up!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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Liltz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist
The rays of light in the background look amazing! I love how natural the colors look and how you textured the mountains. The flying battleship is an interesting touch =D
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Thanks Rythelle! :D
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Inanagi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Oh my gaddddd Dx All your works are so pretty!
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
thanks a lot :)
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Inanagi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
not a problem <3
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Dumaker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Me gusta la gama cromática, algo más amplia de lo que sueles preparar. La iluminación y los tonos del horizonte son lo mejor ~:)
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Gracias! creo que el verde le vino bien, no se lo había puesto al principio :D
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