This is such a captivating piece. You've captured the mystery and magic of an ancient forest, just as I imagined Fangorn forest to appear. Its also clear you've spent a great deal of time & put alot of careful thought into the details of the forest and the characters, as every stock image is combined so beautifully, the effect is seamless. The atmosphere of the scene is fantastic. The back-lighting perfectly frames the two brave figures between the darker shadows above them and the possible dangers they could face on the path ahead...all those dark branches reaching out like sinister hands really enhance the feeling of danger and adventure Overall, this image really strikes me as being a perfect illustration of a chapter in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings...and I'd love to see more!
As a side note, I have to applaud your brother for the brilliant posing as Merry & Pippin <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt="" title=" (Big Grin)" /> Using your own custom-made unique model stock has really given this image a special character all its own <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/c/c…" width="20" height="20" alt="" title="Clap" />