"The Arrival of Vimanas" (Atomhawk 2020 contest entry)

This is my entry for Atomhawk's 'Adventure' contest theme for 2020!
Trying to capture the feelings of thrill & adventure; of welcoming a separated loved one as a collective festive celebration! Trying to capture a celebratory vibe of the moment when the UFO's arrived the lands with our guardian aliens in them. The people called them 'Vimanas', the chariots of gods. Trying to present the classic "chicken-or-the-egg-first?" problem with both; the genre (sci-fi or fantasy?) & the timelines (Ancient past or futuristic?)
Its a keyframe illustration / environment concept art.
C & C are appreciated! Always looking to improve.

Final illustration

Final illustration

Thumbs and works in progress

Thumbs and works in progress