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

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Old 11 November 2009   #1
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.

Old 11 November 2009   #2
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.
Old 11 November 2009   #3
Whoa very inspiring thank you so very much.. Great work


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Old 11 November 2009   #4
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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Old 11 November 2009   #5
Love your work!
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Old 11 November 2009   #6
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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Old 11 November 2009   #7
Amazing... such an atmosphere !!!
Old 11 November 2009   #8
Excellent work!
Old 11 November 2009   #9
truly epic!


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Old 11 November 2009   #10
Among the most impressive works I've seen for a while
Old 11 November 2009   #11
very nice work
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Old 11 November 2009   #12
I love huge, epic environments, I see the Minas Tirith inspiration here as well. Great work!
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Old 11 November 2009   #13
This looks fantastic, perfect atmosphere.
Old 11 November 2009   #14
wow, was looking for an idea to play with UDK with now I think I found it!

simply amazing!
Old 11 November 2009   #15
The birds really add to the image and give a sense of the grandness. Beautifully executed!
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