It's a good concept but for me it seems a little bit unfinished. Heaven doesn't come over that much different to hell -- is that your intention?
Looking at the glow and warmth created in hell, it seems far more appealing than the frosty, thundercloud that heaven seems to give off. From the thumbnail I thought that it was lightening striking the mountain, but on full view it's far clearer.
Technically, it's clear you made a lot of effort in the composition. I really like the texturing in the mountain and I'm convinced that going to hell is a good thing I would have liked to have seen more detail into heaven though!
From my basic understanding, the theme of this image is opposites. Heaven and Hell collide inside of a mountain, which gives the suggestion that the mountain is the middle ground, where all is neutral and the decision to walk above or below is made. The top right objects show us that light is being shed into dark clouds, suggesting holiness, which brings an image of Heaven above man. The bottom left objects demonstrate a darker theme, with burning hot lava pouring onto the darkness of the mountain, therefore hinting that this area is purged of good and rather has a very unpleasant experience behind it. The glowing, however, hints towards warmth. This can be interpreted in multiple ways, so it rests upon the viewer to figure it out. The lighting and coloring is quite perfect, with what seems as a fine eye for detail (note the trees on top of the snowy mountain, the light reflected off the mountain peak, the cracking of the tunnel from Hell). All of the curves are very well places, and a torrent of blur or unpleasant filters is not being displayed. While presenting a very interesting image, it does not impact my emotions very well. It did not stir my feelings over the picture other then the amazing art work. The piece did put out a sense of good and bad, which deserves credit, but does not make up for the previously mentioned item. Overall, good piece worthy of Museum display.
Well done. About the colors: Colorful Heaven & Hell 'sandwiched' the 'shades of gray' Earth. This creates a nice composition, with proper emphasis on the intended objects. This does not impede the viewer's interpretations (whichever they may be). Personal Interpretation: Heaven, represented by the 'white' rip in the sky, appears Holy due to how the light 'separates itself from the darkness'. Otherworldly. Earth, represented by the snow-capped mountain with shades of gray, appears cold & indifferent (and color-blind). Hell, represented by the lava-like ruptures on the face of the mountain, appears to be destructive & beneath the Earth (or within).
About the stairs: DNA-like stairs serves as linkage between the three realms, with distinctive colors showing one is going up while the other down (important). However, one is left to wonder how the stairs appear inside the mountain (Earth). This is a pleasing mystery.
FYI: Regarding color- Gold steps going to Heaven with 'bone' white steps to Hell may also work here. Gold would infer life and victory here while the opposing color would infer death.
What have we here? The old western elements Fire, Earth, Water and Air being connected by a strand of DNA? I suppose if I really felt the need I could call that big dark spaces on the left and right the fifth element Aether or perhaps Void depending on my mood. So all those elements being connected by life. Oh probably not since it says its for an opposites contest but that is how I see it.
i think it deserved its WIN! although, with all due respect, i feel the Critic, missed out this one tiny point which has something entirely to do with karma! hell, although may seem very shiny/attractive is more closer and hence easier to reach.. its heaven that's far off.. more difficult to reach..and since its far off.. details are lesser visible! even tho they both emerge out from the same being (the mountain) as equal possibilities.. All in all its about perspective. (Figurative and Literal) both. a fantastic piece anvesh! a well executed concept i'd say
hahahah ur most welcome! yeah well at times i really feel confounded that we dont have more colors!! i mean the permutations are there but at times i do find myself at a junction where i ask where are all the new colors??