I appreciate the constructive feedback
When I normally represent fire, it's about heat and a burning glow with outward and explosive energy. In this case, it has much more soul, more turmoil, and is self-contained rather than expansive. The emotion I take from the scene resonates in my mind; this was far more strongly shaped by music and nostalgia than most of my artwork. It also has a very strong "scenic" quality to the content (ground, depth, objects further away and radiant light). Although I consider Phaethic Escapade
technically superior in framing and balance (and at a time was tied with this for my favorite image), I find the emotion I extract from this more meaningful to me now.
I'm ever so slowly working on a related piece to this (same inspiration source, different scene from the game), and hope to have it finished by like 2025 lmao: Lament 2
; maybe replaying the game again will give me the motivation I need to finish it.