I love when people give me crits by asking for things which are already in the picture, it makes life so much easier for me! Theresa, it may not be illediately obvious in this really low-res shot of the image, but there are poppies all over the ground the girls and the birds’ feet. (there’s clover, too.) And Fahrija, the birds have flown all over the sky and noy they are flying over the right side of the village in the back right. (check some of the earlier posts that zoom into just that area.) I tried having them larger and in the sky but they were just distracting. There’s actually not a lot of sky that’s not taken up by columns, save for right over our main characters’ heads… and boy were birds distracting up there! And there’s even a cart full of people being pulled by a StriderBird on the road. Beelow was asking me before for people in the town… didn’t realize that there were tons of people there, they are all just drawn to scale, making them very, very small!
Ed - all you have to do to be in the god-rays club is to ut some god-rays (see Jeromoo’s earlier post) in your picture. The irony of the thing is that neither Jeromoo nor I are even really members of the club - mine are too faint and his come from a lighthouse. We sit upon a shaky throne indeed!
Anzibon - I appreciate the feedback. But, imho, if anything makes the characters stand out, it’s the value contrast of them being dark on a light backdrop. Adding more of a rim-light only helps if they were against a darker backdrop, otherwise, it’s just fuzzying the border between them and the nspace behind them. I’ve already added as much rim light as I dare.
Theresa - So why does the “god-ray” picture you posted have no god-rays in it?! What is this blasphemy? sheesh! As for the door, it looks fine to me. And certainly better than when I had the hinges on the outside but the door swinging inwards. But hey, no one noticed that I redesigned the hardware on the door to look like long birdy-claws! More work wasted, sigh.
Andreas, Cliff, Jerome, and Adonihs - thank you all, my friends! I’ve really appreciatd your support over these past couple of months (okay, well, Andreas, you just got here, but if you had been here earlier I know I would have had your support!) Anyhow, thanks everyone!