You’re really doing a great job with everything. It’s very hard to critique some pieces because there’s so much good going on in them as well! But, I know that the best things come from critique so hears the only things I could suggest as of now.
It seems like you are going for a very grand sense of height in this image, and I think the effect would be more easily achieved if you added some atmospheric fading to the top of the largest building. Or better yet, maybe even cut part of it off due to the fact that it is so large it’s jutting up through the clouds. I mean, yea, the tower is many times higher than most of the other buildings, but the fact that the clouds are still higher than that one takes away from some of the potential it has. Play around with it and see if it comes across the way I’m explaining!
Another thing. I can’t entirely tell because it is, at the moment, a kind of rough sketch, but it seems like the shadows of the buildings on the lake and those of the people in the turret tower don’t line up. The shadows of the buildings on the lake are perfectly parallel to the horizon, and the shadows of the people seem to be coming towards the viewer. The sun would have to be completely, all the way to the viewers left to project the parallel shadows of the building, OR The sun would have to be very close to the top left of the picture to project the figure’s shadows. Granted, with one light source, their two shadows would be slightly different lining up with with the shadow-light vanishing point, but I don’t believe these to are entirely correct. I’m providing a picture to kind of help get across what I’m trying to say, but it’s very rough, hard to explain with all the lines and stuff. But basically, you use the light source and the point directly below the light source on the horizon line (shadow vanishing point) to determine an objects shadow. There’s usually 2 lines coming from the vanishing point for each object, for every curve and such, but my illustration’s already cluttered the way it is! I guessed on where you have the light source at, so my illustration may not be entirely correct, but it will at least get across what I’m triyng to say
And last, usually a large body of water doesn’t retain the same color as it recedes to the horizon line. It usually gets darker, and maybe slightly towards the end a little lighter because of the atmospheric fading, but very slightly. It looks fine now, but I think it would be worth some experimentation, maybe look up a few more referance pics.
Great piece! I’m nagging over the little things that won’t make or break the piece, but I believe it will make it a little more dynamic and convincing. I really look forward to your development of the piece!