You know, it's always nice seeing landscapes getting some love. I don't see as many of them around, since people usually like to focus on drawing something that's considered alive in some way. But honestly, landscapes are alive in their own way too - a lot of people don't find drawing flora interesting, but they're just as alive and complex as other creatures. Your rendition of this black and white piece is really fabulous. I think that focusing on monochromatic colors really helps bring out the lighting / shading in this piece especially. I love the shiny splatter-like effect you've got going with the water at the base of that miniature waterfall / hill / drop. And that ray of light going through the image is really lovely. It's so soft and serene, yet feels bold at the same time. Very nicely done.
Ah yes I agree. c: I love landscapes a lot, but they're honestly so alien to me because they don't follow the same rules as creatures and living, bodied things do, so landscapes tend to confuse me a lot. Which is why I don't dabble in them very often, if at all. BUT thank you friend! I'm glad you like this one so much! It's not entirely original, it's sort of parsed together from a whole bunch of reference I had open at the time because HOW DO TREES WORK, HOW DOES WATER WORK, I DON'T KNOw. I was surprised how nice the end product turned out though!
(I find it ironic your use of the term alien here.)
I think a lot of people feel that way about landscapes. They are definitely a much rarer subject for artwork than an animal or something of the sort, but that's also what makes landscapes more profound when you do come across one that's very detailed, like this. C: