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Sacred Haven by TheFlyingSparrow Sacred Haven by TheFlyingSparrow
This has literally been quite a process. I really had to push myself in terms of architecture here, and I believe there's still space for improvement here, but for now I'll call it a day.
I used some rock textures, but most of them got painted over again.
Feedback is very much appreciated! Enjoy. :)

Edit: Updated the sky, so the moon wouldn't be that much of a distraction anymore. Unlike expected it worked out pretty well, too.
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Aseika Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow awesome face in the cliff face.
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Hey that looks fantastic!!! Could be a classic image. You certainly have a gift. I can now see myself in a boat, rowing towards the harbour, to go up into the temple. :highfive:
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RazielMB Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Beautifully evocative image! If anything I think the clouds need a little extra work, otherwise superb.
Plus after looking again (seeing as youve asked for feedback) I find the full moon distracting. It seems to me the Temple lights are the main attraction, and if the moon was behind the clouds so that it was more of a dim disc, rather than in full view, you would still have the atmosphere but, the eye wouldnt be pulled to the moon so much. IMHO.
I do really like the image as it is though!
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your feedback!
I didn't want to go overboard with detail on the clouds, so I tried to keep them only roughly rendered. Maybe I should really work a bit more on them, though.
And you're right about the moon. Now that I look at the image again, it does distract me too. Only I'm afraid that putting a cloud in front of it wouldn't warrant the bright lighting conditions anymore. While painting I already felt the need to change it from a crescent to a full moon.
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Aah, I see. Decisions, decisions. :idea: Well another idea that came to me, how about keeping the moon as it is ( you could even make it larger ) but dimming or even losing the lights from the structures? That way people would first see the moon lit landscape and then after a while realise there's also a harbour and temple? It's always cool when you notice something in an image that wasn't immediately obvious!
Be aware, this is advice from someone who is nowhere nearly as talented as you!!! :blowkiss:
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One doesn't have to be "talented" in order to have a valid opinion! :)

But, the problem with this solution is that the temple and harbour are the main objective of the image, not the moon.
So I suppose I might give some clouds in front of the moon a try instead. Nod
Thanks again for the input! Any possibility is worth a thought, even if doesn't work out.
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AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally gorgeus! :3
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neverdying Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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MyVersionofArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Terrific! I love the head-shaped entryway. The atmosphere seems a bit mysterious (always cool), and I like the two sources of lighting. Great job. :)
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it! :)
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks! *off to faving some art now*
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Psyxis Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work
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Orphen5 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really amazing work :heart: great job
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I was just browsing the latest submissions on DA and came upon your amazing piece. Its a wonderfully beautiful and tranquil scene, with the temple and head-shaped threshold giving a sense of mystery and grandeur. It reminds me of parts of Indonesia and Vietnam that I've visited. 
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TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :)
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