You always do some amazing perspective with a fuckton of details. Really would love to see what you can do with a 3D software.
I loved the sea and the lighting you used. God, the lighting. I do feel like you make perspective reduce the size of the people too quickly, though. It might be just me but the mom and the kid are already too small from a couple steps foward, their size don't seem to match the girls.
If it was plotted out with 3D software, then it really isn't any different from thumbnail sketches or whatever. Amateur artists of all types tend to have an idea of what's "cheating". I say just use the toolset you're given, and as long as you're not ripping somebody off you're fine. I'd bet anything that if DaVinci were born today he'd be using photoshop.
I love this. The framing. The perspective, the colors. Part of me wants to say it "reminds me of x" to try to put into perspective how good it is, but I just can't. Nothing I could say would do this justice, so I'll just say "Looking good!"