Ezio and Leonardo at the Monteriggioni villa. While playing the game I realized how gorgeous the whole area looks when bathed in the colors of sunset. It's enough to inspire Leonardo himself, I'm sure.
The originality of the design is sublime, I love the style of cartoon disney type, but far from that color is amazing, has an impressive life. Warm colors, the expressions of the characters, which themselves represent them, plasmas with full life.
I've always seen pictures of AC but there is never life, only blood, rough and expressions of distress or yaoi, this is something different, very happy in sight because you can really get into the paint and to see them. I'd love to keep seeing pictures like that.
Vision: Leo and Ezio are such good friends in the game, and one of my favorite things about AC2 is that the characters age (at least Ezio does, and then Leo's age jumps in Brotherhood) so they're not always young men. This captures a quiet moment for them--a rare thing for Ezio and obviously it means a lot to him. I can almost hear their conversation. You definitely got Leo's continual glee at the beauty of the world, and Ezio's bemusement at him. (I always like to think Ezio keeps Leo around because of all the harshness he sees, and Leo is the antithesis of that. But that's just me.)
Originality: While there are a lot of 'friends' images of these guys, this is a new take on the theme. So, well done on choosing a very well-worn theme and approaching it from a different angle. It's in the game that Leo spends some time at Monteriggioni and this could have happened in canon.
Technique: The colors of the sunset are warm. The pink and gold tones set a quiet mood. I think I would almost like a little darker violet or blue near where the sky meets the roof of the villa; it would outline the building a bit more and would help Leo stand out just a little. His red cape and hat blend in with the color of the roof, too, so maybe a little tweak in there (even a shadow or something) might help bring him forward a bit.
The angle is appealing and unusual. Instead of seeing them dead-on at eye level, this angle gives a sense of the height of the walls. The red stone is a little overwhelming; maybe tone it down a bit?
The characters themselves are wonderful, though I think Leo's shoulders are slightly too slender. However, that may be a style thing and honestly it's not a big deal.
I do LOVE the shading. It's deceptively simple, with those flat shadows and crisp lines, but when you look closer you see there are a couple of different shadow colors. They flow over the characters and give a nice impression of the way the cloth bulges and folds. I could believe this is a still from an animated movie...gosh, I would totally watch that. XD Especially if it was done in your style.
Impact: I keep wanting to fave this over and over, which means it obviously made an impact on me! I think you captured the essence of Ezio and Leo as well as the trust and friendship they share. The color palette is a perfect fit and it jumps off the screen amid dozens of thumbnails. I just want to keep looking at it for all the little things.
I hope this is helpful to you--I keep wanting to just praise everything but hope I was able to offer some constructive feedback as well. Always feel free to talk to me further if you wish--I enjoyed writing this!