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As long as I was of some help. It was no problem at all :D
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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Where to start is always an issue. I'll simply start with my first impression. To say the very least it is a good example of two-point perspective and shading technique. Now to elaborate...
Since the drawing is signed I can only assume that it is a finished piece (something to include in your description if it weren't finished). However, to me, it feels unfinished and almost messy, especially the sky.
The lighting is very nicely projected, with a clear light source on the right side and shade on the left, of almost everything. The buildings are well detailed and I like the different shapes and sizes (it helps keep it interesting). Something else to add in your description might be a reference photo, if one was used.
The clouds just seem a bit too rough and unpolished, and I'm not sure the picture as a whole even needs the big cloud overhead.
As for the main focus (the spacecraft obviously), it is a wonderful design. I can easily see the District 9 inspiration, but it still feels fresh. Two things I would change:
1. I wouldn't have centered the spacecraft. The fact that it is at an incline helps, but it might work more if it was slightly more to one side. Not a major problem.
2. The bottom of the craft feels lacking. The outlines are harsh and the shading isn't as prominent. I would ad more dark spots, even black. Try giving it contrast, even within small spaces. It would add dimension. The top doesn't need the same attention because it is understood to have less detail, and the simplicity works.
Overall I really like the idea and overall feeling. However I felt the piece lacking in execution, because I was left wanting more.
I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

This will only be my second critique, and just to be clear I am not a professional photographer.
I do however take pride in noticing quality, and this is nothing short of a truly remarkable photograph.
Everything from the composition to the colors, perfectly compliment the delicate subject matter. I like that there aren't too many colors, and I think the ones that do exist are nicely balanced.
The subtle bokeh also helps add to the feeling of a small alien-like world. I like that the focal point keep driving my eyes down. The contrast between the background and foreground is very pleasant.
As my eyes scan every detail, it becomes evident that IF there is something wrong with it, I don't think I'm the person to find it.
Congratulations on an exceptional piece of art, and keep up the good work <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to write a critique.
The choices such as leaving the sky blank, and the lack of definition between the moon and the sky, were all intentional and thought out. I wanted to give the moon a sort of glow without resorting to darkening the sky. Same goes for the fading of the hills. As for it being day or night, I wanted that to remain ambiguous and up for interpretation, since the "when" was not important to me.

Cheers! :D
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Thank you for the critique! I didn't think I would get two! lol Anyway, I always deeply appreciate the different perspectives. And I do agree with everything you said. I think I just got frustrated with the background. I kept going back and forth between keeping it closer to the photo or just going by gut.. The sky was very much intended to stay that way though. From the beginning I wanted a very plain looking sky. It's suppose to be day time, and the moon is suppose to be like a vision or a memory. Fail I guess.
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