This is a piece by Michal Gradziel. You can find his work on ArtStation through the provided link.
I like the isolation the lantern provides. It draws the viewer’s attention to that area really well. However, I love the light coming from behind the archway. I think the effect it creates is incredibly eerie. It frames the archway, but at the same time, there are still pinpricks of light trickling through. The casts up onto the leaves and out to the sides are a nice touch. Overall, I think the effect is amazing and gives the scene this very creepy and ghostly tone.
This is a piece by Matthieu Findinier. You can find the piece on ArtStation through the provided link.
I like the small points of green light in the piece. They bring some excellent contrast to the scene. They act almost like little bits of life in an otherwise unending sea of fire. I also like the way that the red of the lava radiants upward to the houses walkways. It’s a really cool effect.
Gates To Elysium
This is a piece by Christian Hecker. You can find the piece on ArtStation through the link above.
I like the mood in the piece. It feels like we’re watching a sunset as it passes behind the buildings on the right. The way the sun outlines and highlights the edges of the clouds is particularly impressive to me. I also like the sharp transitions from vibrant orange to dark blue shadow on the structures in the background; it is one of a sunset’s elements that has always been a favorite of mine.
The Gravelord’s Tomb
This is a piece done by Nick Kester. You can find the piece on ArtStation through the link above.
I like the color palette used in the piece. The pale green and cyan light from the braziers help create an ethereal or mystical power in the place. As we look further back in the cavern, the light fades out to muddy purples, emphasizing the cave’s vastness. I also like how the braziers isolate the walkway as well. Their light stays concentrated on the path to the tomb, adding to the mysterious nature of the cavern.
This is a piece done by Ilyas Dudarev. It can be found on ArtStation at the link above.
I like the way that light is used to separate the cave from the outside environment. The cyan glow from the central structure bounces light up and into the nooks and crannies of the cave. It also frames the teeth of the cave against the harsh winter environment. I also like the shadow of the figure on the cave floor. His long shadow emphasizes the power of the structure before him.
This is a shot I took of Martin Hall at Clemson University around sundown. The Cooper Library pond was behind me when I took the photo, and I like how the sun reflected off the pond and up into the alcove on Martin Hall. In the actual scene, you could see the caustics from the pond also reflected as they moved with the water. Unlike the Window Reflections entry, because this spot receives some direct sun, we lose the softness the reflection might have. I thought the shifting reflections of the caustics on the building was a really intriguing effect.
This is a shot I took of the elevator under the Cooper Library bridge at Clemson University. I like the mix between cyan and orange, especially on the right wall. We start with a washed out cyan and then smoothly transition to this very warm orange. I like the smoothness in the light here. The alcove is hidden enough that we don’t get all of the sun’s harshness.