***UPDATE:*** *falls over* I'm finally finished. There are parts that aren't perfect, plenty of places to improve upon, but its been nearly 3 whole months since I started this - anyone woth common sense who had the choice would have stopped this before now, but heck...after showing my teacher the piece, they said I'd get the top grade for sure, which at the end of the, um...90 days is what's the most important.
What. A. Learning. Curve. Perspective, rendering, colour, landscape, focal points, lighting, detail...I've just grown in confidence while doing this, and comparing it to last year's work...well, it just isn't worth comparing.
Without overbaking the cake, I just want to thank everyone here on CA for all their helpful critique, especially in the early stages when I needed it the most. I've appreciated it so much, and it just goes to show how far critique can get an artist.
The final version is below.
Bit of a read here, but you might need to know this. :/
The thing is, landscapes and architecture aren't my strong points, so thats exactly why I decided to do this for my art unit.
No matter what happens this piece will be finished, I can't dump it unless I want to lose a good third of my marks.
I decided to play this slowly and safely, and used Rahll's (DeviantArt) advice on how to properly develop a piece. At the moment I'm just doing lines so that the perspective can be lined up and correct before I get anywhere near rendering.
Which leads me onto the fact that perspective is pretty much my weakest point in general all-round art. I've tried studying it a bit, but found it too complicated or difficult to get my head round. I really need some ear-bashing, critiquing and if you can, some red lines to point me in the right direction because I know the perspective is wrong in some places in this picture, but I can't for the life of me correct them as I haven't enough experience or time to study perspective effectively. I know the very basics, nothing more.
So I'm in a pickle. I have a piece that contains architecture (which I've never drawn), general landscapes (which I'm not good at) and some insane perspective (which I've never learnt properly) and above all this MUST be finished.
I can't start over with a different angle either as my research development coursework says that I picked this angle and must stick with it, neither can I change the building or surroundings itself, as it's a real building. If you've ever been to Istanbul, you may know it - the Blue Mosque. You might want to Google it if you don't know it.
So all in all, any help (ANY) will be appreciated. I can't do this on my own, and unless my perspective is corrected I know that the finished piece won't look right at all.
P.S.This thread will be updated regularly