I think Its an interesting moment in history and I also like the design of the ships from this age. Especially this cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa. It was sunk with all other Spanish ships.
Done in photoshop with the help of wacom tablet. It was quiet slow picture done in about two weeks evenings. Spend ages on the old photos and plans for this ship.
I will try to give a decent critique here since I am familiar with military photos since I was a 96D2T in the Army.
First it is very dramatic obviously out gunned against what looks to be a larger and better armed opponent. I would think that the wheel house would be better armored since that is where the captain would be during an engagement, but I have to remember this was a portrait of a ship that sank pre-20th century.
The artwork on the bow is good, I do remember ships having that. Also the primitive style of range finding on the fore turret is a nice touch which few would see.
All in all this is a very good work in my opinion.
Technically the colors and the contrast inside the image are kinda low. It's still somehow not looking real enough. Still, it's a master piece, and it cought me for a long time and made myself dreaming.
The battleship in the background looks like the USS Oregon, one of my favorite pre-dreadnought ship designs.
Excellent work as expected of you, sir!
if you got my last comment about a book cover the novel I'm currently working on is about pirates so this sort of thing would be very awesome.
And let me say that this is a really beautiful piece - the Spanish-American War is usually only shown from strident, nationalistic American perspectives, and it's lovely to see it from the Spanish side.
The water looks realy detailed and realistic!
Next to that, it's also dynamic. There's something happening there, instead of a picture which is standing still.
It catches attention, and also my eye Nice work