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Old 07 July 2006   #1
Atlantis : Thomas Juul Krahn : Atlantis

Hi everyone.

Finally a mattepainting challenge!... I've never done this kind of thing before so I thought I'd join in to check it out.
I never really had to meet any demands but my own, so this is going to be a tough one. I hope it works out.

Good luck to everyone!

*This here is my final entry. Good luck to everyone.*

Final : Atlantis


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Old 07 July 2006   #2
Okay, so I've started drawing. This is just a quick sketch, trying to nail the composition.
I'm completely new to underwater scenery, so I've not really begun to establish the colour palette yet. It turned out to be more tricky than I had imagined. I'll have to work on that later...

I chose to depict the ruined Atlantis. I've also chosen some sort of mix between Mayan and Greek architecture for the buildings and. Don't really know how it will end though. This is just a first draft

Atlantis 1.0

Comments would be very much appreciated
Old 07 July 2006   #3
The temples

I've been working a bit more on the look of the temples. I've settled on a mix between the temples of Chichen Iza and Angkor Wat. What do you think?

Temple sketch
Old 07 July 2006   #4
Been adding a lot of details to the whole image! Worked mostly on the two temples.
The architecture worked out fine for the scene. Now I'll have to make it look as though it's actually underwater

Old 07 July 2006   #5

Continueing to add details. Been working a lot more on the cliffs and the architecture. Decided also the throw in some Roman domes

I've also chosen not to let the city be a complete ruin, but add a hint of life and civilization, by throwing in some lights and windows.

I've also worked a lot on trying to make it feel like an underwater scene. Mainly by adding a lot of haze, and pushing the colour palette a bit more towards light blue/cyan. Also tried to add a few rays. What do you think? Does it feel like it's under water?

Atlantis 2.0

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Old 07 July 2006   #6
Red face

man nice work! and good luck!
Old 07 July 2006   #7
it looks very nice.But you must make more underwater feel I think. overall it's going great!
in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only WAR
Old 07 July 2006   #8
Looks very nice till now! I personally prefer the greek buildings more than the maya.
I am not sure but I think the lightning is way to bright. You should make the light darker and more blue to give it a better feeling of underwater.

Keep it up!
Old 07 July 2006   #9
hey thomas =) great to see you entering this as well, and as usual, nice pieces!
we still haven't met up, I'm in Århus at the moment though, so if you're around, gimme a shout, eh?

Old 07 July 2006   #10
Thank you for your comments everyone. I appreciate them.

I've experimented a bit more with the haze and colour, and I think I've found something that works quite well. So if I add a school of fish here and there, perhaps some more distinct lightbeams from the windows, I think it will work out.

Plaf: Yeah, that could surely be a great experience. Unfortunately, I'm going to Sicily with my family this monday for about 10 days (well, I'm looking forward to it of course ). Just one more thing you have to put up with when you're 18 I guess...

I'll work some more on the rocks cliffs today, so I can get a new update before I go.
Old 07 July 2006   #11
hey Thomas , this is looking really nice keep it up
Old 07 July 2006   #12

I've been working like mad on the environment. I really want to go as far as possible before I leave for Sicily tommorrow. I hope to have have yet another update ready tonight.

Been working on the cliffs mostly, but I've also been adding a lot of detail to architecture. It's really coming along fast

What do you think? Many areas need more attention, but I like where it's going.

Old 07 July 2006   #13
Yeah! Youngest matte paitner ever Nice start and cool idea. I expect something great! Good luck Thomas
Old 07 July 2006   #14
Okay, new update. Not a lot has happened really. I've just been finetuning details throughout the whole image. Cliffs, architecture, weeds, etc.

I've also added a school of fish in the distance. Just another underwater indicator They're a lot more visible in the 1280 x 720 version. I hope you like it so far...

I'd love to hear any comments or ideas you might have.

Old 07 July 2006   #15
this is looking great man'! , not quite the underwater-feeling yet but you will get there

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