damn there are times I miss Flickr's Note function. Ah well I'll try my best to be specific without it
GREAT concept and I love the ship designs, plus the humourous characterisation of the general (admiral, surely?) and his teapot! The planet looks absolutely sick, altho I think there's a scale problem (again, sorry) with the orbital docks, unless they are incredibly vast, they aught to vanish around the curvature of the planet, the most distant visible parts just suggested by points of light.
The Shining Blade is a particularly beautiful ship. it's running lights are fantastic. It's hull plating is very flat, but that presumably suggests a very smooth texture, so that's fair enough. I'm finding the lighting on it very confusing tho. There's too much global illumination, for one thing. The port side is darker, but it should be much darker still, basically a silhouette where the primary light source doesn't fall. That said it could do with orange rim lighting, since it would be lit up from below by the red planet.
There are some problems too, with the drawing of the flagship. The little circular bays visible below the general are slightly out of perspective, appearing tilted away from the viewer. (unless that's intentional?) The glazing line that's parallel with the port side of the Shining Blade is a bit distracting, and some of the holographic panels are a bit wonky, especially the large one third from right.
Sorry to be so pedantic, but this piece (and your work in general) is so CLOSE to awesome that I think it'd benefit a lot from improving in these areas. Again, this is a stunning concept, looking forward to seeing more!
This is a beautiful piece of artwork! Absolutely fantastic! Would I be able to use it as a reference picture on my website? I am currently writing a novel and this suits one of the factions perfectly. Full acknowledgements would be made and a link to this picture would be posted.
Nice work!! Love the hot, red tea. Those space docks only appear to surround Mars in their "crescent" because of our viewing angle, right? It looks to me like the station is orbiting a great distance from the planet, not encircling it, as dukeleto seems to think- in that case, the station is just fine.