I guess I should start by saying this piece has a lot of nostalgia impact for me, as I was one of the people who finished this game in my high school days. Anyone who's played this game will recognize this scene immediately. I think your decision to illustrate this particular moment was a good one.
Your renditions of the objects of the game are all good. Originally these were sprite graphics, and your decision to render them in a more detailed way that remains true to their original shapes is something I think people have come to expect of your work. I especially like the geometric shapes in the water reflections.
The only real constructive criticism I have for this piece is that the contrasts and values are the same for the entire image, which results in there being no real focal point. Everything is rendered exactly the same. Ostensibly I realize this is in part a design decision to keep the art looking like 16-bit graphics, but I believe it could be handled in such a way that the entire piece would be stronger for it.
For example, I think you could take enough liberty with the original sprite graphics to allow for your light source to more clearly direct towards what I know is supposed to be the focal point of the piece (the boy and the Mana sword).
Man, oh man oh man, this hits the Nostalgia bone. Right in those feels.
I adore this game, it was one of my favorite games of its era...and honestly, of all the games I've ever played.
On a critical note, the scene was instantly recognizable. It took me less than a second to realize what this was. You've done a fabulous job of recreating the scene from the game, right to the color texture creating the feeling of 16-bit Sprites.
I have to agree with the other critique, however, it that it's difficult for your eyes to focus on the correct part of the image. Him going for the sword is the key of this, I realize, and that is where you want your eyes to fall to.
That does not happen with this image. Your eyes gravitate to the center of the picture, and there is just a river there. The focal point of the image is too low, to the point of almost creating eye strain when you look at it.
The image is beautiful...just bring the focal point of it closer to center, and I think you'll be golden.
Where can I get this in higher res? I would love to print thing out no 8.5x11 glossy and hang it on my wall in my office. I've purchased and printed all three of your video game packs. I love you work.
Secret of mana is one of my all time favorite games.
Beautiful! I agree with the critique the only thing I can think of is there seems to be no focal point, but it's all so darn pretty it's no biggie to me. I love the way the sword shines there and how he just looks in awe of it and seems ready to move forward. That's perfect, the perfect feeling.