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Swallow City

Large illustration for class. We were supposed to do something that was inspired by our childhood interests and favorite artists from back then. So this is my James Gurney/wildlife lovechild. My original thought was that the city in the middle was build out of the cliffs by swallows and bower birds. I'm not sure the idea came across clearly, but it sure is pretty anyway. Maybe someday I'll expand on the idea.

22x16", oil.
Image details
Image size
1056x703px 308.61 KB
Canon EOS D60
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
45 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 29, 2006, 10:49:23 AM
© 2006 - 2021 Damalia
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CardinalHordriss's avatar
Very Dinotopian. You've captured Gurney's style perfectly, well done!
Lara00's avatar
Damn stunning!
Buggie1112's avatar
This is so amazing, what a beautiful place!
luminstyle's avatar
Nemonus's avatar
The Gurney influence is obvious. Awesome picture.
bear48's avatar
wonderful colors

nice job
saszap's avatar
another child of Dinotopia, I grew up on that book
Vessla's avatar
Absolutely fabulous! The weird thing is that when I first read the name of the drawing I've got pretty the same idea of how it should look like. Probably except for those animals =), and maybe with a bit different architecture, but the picture in my mind was almost the same as you have done it. Amazing!
Speachless =) I loove the colours - especially this yellow. If the colour was a bit darker or ligher it wouldn't have the same effect, which would be pity.
I wonder, how long time did it take you to create this pic?
fleetfoot's avatar
Gah! I love James Gurney's stuff!

Really interesting interpretation of the assigned topic, by the way.
Adris's avatar
Amazing work :D
Maeix2's avatar
Great!! I admire your patience, that must have taken ages :clap:
1Merel1's avatar
*Explodes*, this is amazing, I luve everything from it, (And of course the horse lol).
This is certainly a fave! ^^
Wolfyu's avatar
When I saw it I actually thought of James Gurney. He is an amazing painter...I've spent hours staring at my Dinotopia: World Beneath book. :heart:

I absolutely love the idea of a swallow-nest-like city, and you've captured it very well. ^^
jadewolf926's avatar
This is unreasonably gorgeous. Reminds meof a scene that would fit perfectly into the Katurran Odyssey (of course your style is unique to you). I LOVE stuff like this.
Droemar's avatar
Wow! This is a James Guerney lovechild piece. Have you read the Katturran Odyssey? It's in the same vein, but done by Terryl Whitlach, of Star Wars creature designer fame. Beautiful composition and use of light on this.
ZombieLady's avatar
that is some awsome coloring...
T-SLA's avatar
Nice shading ;) Be careful with your textures (over all doing water, like at the right, or with clouds).
luve's avatar
You are so fabtastic with paints. And lighting. And form. Its so believable and really lovely.
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AnNuttin's avatar
:wow: awesome!! reat shading!
JupiterAdept's avatar
Beautiful use of colours! You rock XD
monkiesincups's avatar
Your imagination knows no bounds. Very beautiful :)
archanN's avatar
beautiful work, excellent, brilliantly done. u r so talented!
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