Netherworld Archipelago - the Capital, Jesse van Dijk (2D)

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  11 November 2009
Netherworld Archipelago - the Capital, Jesse van Dijk (2D)

Title: Netherworld Archipelago - the Capital
Name: Jesse van Dijk
Country: Netherlands
Software: Photoshop

This image is part of a personal project I've been working on for some time.

Without spoiling too much of the background story, the title of the image applies to the city's status among several other underground villages. It's the capital of an 'archipelago' of huge underground caverns, which is why it's referred to as the Netherworld, even though it is technically above sea level.

The city itself is inhabited by a plethora of different people. The two most notable among these, the religious caste and the elitarian ruler class, have secluded themselves from the rest of the people by constructing giant walls around their city quarters. The highest dwellings of the city - reserved only for the most priviliged - have been carved out of solid marble, a rock not native to the local environment.

Hope you like it, as always, critique is more than welcome.

  11 November 2009
Fantastic! I really love the hazy lighting, it's so immersive. You seem to have taken some inspiration from Minas Tirith from LOTR, haven't you? I really like your brush work in the lower left corner, just enough strokes to suggest the detail there without getting too busy. I also really like the splashes of red on the banners on the citadel walls, a small spot of colour amidst the more monotone scene. It's subtle but effective.

Really fabulous, I love seeing this kind of work. Enjoy some time on the front page.
  11 November 2009
Whoa very inspiring thank you so very much.. Great work


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  11 November 2009
Really loving this piece, you could just imagine the type of people who live in this place, very pale faced, sort of reclusive in some aspects, from the world around them.

I agree with leigh, it does instantly remind me of minas tirith, but that certainly isn't a bad thing
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  11 November 2009
Love your work!
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  11 November 2009
very cool image..the peaks of the buildings off in the far distance look really well done.makes me want to dust off an old castle image I was working on
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  11 November 2009
Amazing... such an atmosphere !!!
  11 November 2009
Excellent work!
  11 November 2009
truly epic!


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  11 November 2009
Among the most impressive works I've seen for a while
  11 November 2009
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  11 November 2009
I love huge, epic environments, I see the Minas Tirith inspiration here as well. Great work!
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  11 November 2009
This looks fantastic, perfect atmosphere.
  11 November 2009
wow, was looking for an idea to play with UDK with now I think I found it!

simply amazing!
  11 November 2009
The birds really add to the image and give a sense of the grandness. Beautifully executed!
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