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Fallen Empire by jcbarquet Fallen Empire by jcbarquet
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A wraparound cover for a novel from an indy publisher I did recently. Hope you like it!

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This piece is quite beautiful. The mighty ruins clearly depict the glory of a distant past. The passersby seem unfazed with what are probably familiar sights. The warriors on the hill look toward the sunset; an act that mirrors the idea of looking into the past. Also, the setting sun alludes to the passing of time and new beginnings. Overall, very good storytelling and vision.
Thematically, it is much like other fantasy depictions of ancient ruins; however it is unique in its own way and a theme that I feel never fails to evoke a magical feeling.
The technique is admirable to say the least. The creator's skill is very highly developed and impressive. This piece mirrors the dedication of a very ambitious artist.
I only have one thought of constructive criticism, which is dwarfed by the overall excellence of the work. This criticism would be that I feel that the work could possibly benefit from a broader range of colors. Perhaps, though, the artist felt that the retreating sunlight would cast a glow that bathed all the land. I have seen this effect before.
Overall, a wonderful piece which deserves recognition. It is the vision of artists like this that jumpstarts the imaginations of all people.
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This is a great piece of work, I wonder where is your desired emphasis? Is it the people, or the landscape, or the 'kingdom' itself? The color is great, and I really like the 'flowers'. The broken pillars should've been more varied. The characters are cool, is it from some game? I'm really curious about the story of the novel. My favorite part is this art is how you draw the rocks and the mountain. It looks pretty realistic. Well I don't know what else to say I still have ten words left. And now five. Four. Three. Two. One.
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trish05 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Ancharite Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are stories to be told in that scene.
MoonstruckT Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Holy damn, yes. So many stories.
Varfel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me encanta, al mirarla parece que pudieras entrar en ella.
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant :)
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work Juancarlos!
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thanks man, I appreciate it :)
Th30ther0ne Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
really nice stuff, the colours are really nice :)
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
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