I really love this, it's excellent work. The muted color scheme and hazy appearance really goes a long way to invoke the emotional feeling of this piece.
There are many subtleties that I really enjoy in it, including: - The itinerant facelessness of the Hero Statues, like the Heros they represent - they loose individual identity with time and distance - There appears to be a message in that most of the statues face away towards the viewer and not just defending the Sanctum - This is not a groomed shrine, it appears to be a place set apart and isolated to take care of itself - again reflecting the inherent loneliness of being a Hero - I like that there appears to be Scholars or speakers among the Heros, for not all Heroic deeds are done with sword or spear - Thinking on the flow of water from the waterfalls, the main flow of the river has to pass by to the right, symbolically reflecting that Heros alone can only stem part of the tide and that even then, some passes through - I like that it is a "Sanctum of Heros" and not the more obvious "Hall of Heros". It is a place to reflect and perhaps be inspired and not a shrine or some more practical place where they gather or live.
But what I love most about this piece is how it makes me feel and the thoughts it inspires in me.
Like all good art, the mind of the viewer colors the interpretation of the piece as much as the hand of the artist guides the eye.
Excellent work, you've really drawn me in and captured my imagination.
Awesome art work! It gets you lost into this heroic place, like a little lost in candy shop. I can imagine my character coming out of a tunnel/entrance leading to this valley, marveling at this sanctum.
This is incredible. The tones and colours all work well together. It looks really quiet and sombre with the addition of all the mist - almost lonely. Similar to a grave, in my opinion. The dark shadows really draw out the main tower and the use of statues gives the composition a lot of depth. Have you tried adding a little more room to the top of the piece? The building looks a little squashed vertically and might benefit from that addition. If you don't want to try that out, then don't - this looks really good as it is.