Tried an entirely different approach this time, focusing a lot more on values. I also made a mistake with layers that cost me more time to fix than I would have liked, but at least it will be easy to prevent next time.
Overall very happy with this!
In Romanian folclore we also have such beasts, closely related to Eastern imperial eagle. They are called Zgripsors ,which is also the symbol l of Habsburgs dynasty. If I think now I believe this would be the most appropriate for this scene.
I like the atmospheric conditions. The rock structures are interesting and the depth of field is good. The way the fog/list come together with the sunlight is beautiful and gives us a glimpse of a hidden world. Lovely work. :)
Mist, mountains and arches are all good but do not create depth on their own.
It is the skill of the artist that does. Clarity in front, the right lighting.
Closest wing blurred, crisper with more detail going down.
It is the knowledge and skill of the artist that makes this phenomenal.
Thank you for your close observation, I appreciate it! ^^