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Hanging Gardens of Babylon by ertacaltinoz Hanging Gardens of Babylon by ertacaltinoz
Hi everyone,
I revised my latest work, and did some radical changes. It deserves much more, but I think I'm done.
I guess this version is much better. Hope you all feel the same. Here it is: Gardens of Babylon with a "Pan" Action Figure in it:P

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (also called the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis) and the walls of Babylon (near present-day Al Hillah in Iraq) are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. They were built by Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC. He is told to have built the gardens to please his wife, Amytis of Media. She wanted to see the trees and plants of her homeland. The hanging gardens were destroyed in an earthquake after the 1st century BC.
Some people do not believe the Hanging Gardens were real. In ancient writings the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were first described by Berossus, a Chaldean priest. He lived in the late 4th century B.C. Greek historians later wrote more about them .
Recent archaeological digs of the palace in Iraq have uncovered evidence of a building with vaults and a well nearby. However, the place of the palace complex is different from where Greek historians said they were, which was on the banks of the Euphrates River.
In 450 B.C., a historian named Herodotus wrote, "In addition to it's size, Babylon surpasses any city in the known world." Herodotus said the outer walls were 80 feet thick, 320 feet high, and 56 miles in length. He said that it was wide enough for a four-horse chariot to turn. Fortresses and temples containing immense statues of solid gold were inside the inner walls.
Above the city was the famous tower of Babel, which was a temple to the God Marduk. It looked like it reached the heavens.
Archaeological examination has found that some of Herodotus's claims (the outer walls seem to be only 10 miles long, and not nearly as high) might not be true. But his story does tell us how cool the features of the city appeared to those who visited it.

Last week someone asked me if I could draw something "not evil":) And also asked if I could imagine some sacred place instead of a character design. And, this is it! Hope you like it.

And pretty thanks to :icondianae: for her brilliant "water splash tutorial" .I drew my water splash with the help of this tutorial-[link])

And pretty thanks to the one of the greatest fantasy artists of my country (also he is like my teacher), Kerem Beyit, for his advices and helpful info.:iconkerembeyit:
With respect...

UC-Logic LaPazz WP5540 A6 Graphic Tablet
Approx 60 hours.
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Sanartstudio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work
watermelon-shotput Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember seeing this years ago, but I never found out who made it. Great job!
Starkzal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
Wow! Ficou muito lindo <3
Rukartbert Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ajf115 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Student Writer
Awesome scenery, and I love what you did with the statue 'holding' the sun.
SunflowerIce Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
a magical view on the hanging gardens :3 I love the light and peacefulness of the picture ♥
Elbellart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is truly stunning.  You are a gifted artist and am so glad that you share your gifts (as well as much appreciated historical info) with the world! : )  This piece is very inspiring.
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is it that many kinds of shit this beautiful don't even exist?
Phakos Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Writer
Lovely job!
mkoiltltyy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so amazing, i especially like the green animal with the long tail Wink/Razz 
99Sebuko09 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
whoa! I didn't even see that Jack of the Green guy in the left corner, I guess that I'm trying to say is everything blends together to make this amazing world of yours :D
murdokdracul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Babylon and Pan, two of the folkloric entities that interest me the most, and painted excellently. I'm considering buying a print of this.
Balsa1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Hello, I'm a student who's currently doing an Ancient Mythology concept art project at college; in this project I have to find some drawings and ask their respective artist some questions about them. I've seen this drawing and I really love it, so firstly I would like to ask your permission to use it in my project and secondly, if the answer to the previous question is yes, I would like to know if you could kindly answer some questions about your drawing. If you agree then please reply me back so I'll send you the questions, if not thank you anyway.
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How can I say "No" and why?
Of course I give permission for such usage. You can send me your questions.:)
Balsa1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Thank you so much!!
here are the questions
• The correct name, artist name and date the art was produced
• A background to the works production (if it is available)
• What inspires the work of the artist, find relevant and accurate sources
• What does the artist say about their own work
• What other genres/artists/people/works of art inspire the artist
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply; here is the answers:

1- "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" - Ertaç Altınöz - September 18, 2008
2- I'm afraid there are no possible material of the production process since it is one of very old drawings of me.
3- I was always too interested in wonders of the world and since I was new with digital arena, it seemed to me that this could be a great opportunity to test myself and my skills. These are the relevant sources of the image; but the accurate source of the image is something more fascinating to me which it is the feel of creating something entitled "new". :)
4- I generally try to add a story in my works and this one is one of them which satisfy me most according to its story.
5- I really cant name any specific genre or work of art inspires me and I think it is everything that has effects on an artist vision. But, I can easily say I love horror, macabre, sci- fi and fantasy genres on many different medias and any work which looks genuine impresses me most!

I hope this should do the trick.
But if you ever need some more detailed answers , just dont hesitate to send me your e-mail.;)

Good luck and thank you for adding me in your project.
All the Best
Balsa1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
thank you so much!! I really love your art works :D
AmarinthTheIkamaku Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Beautiful work! This looks like one of the places I'm gonna put in my book <3 ^^
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Xiczor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
60...Hours....You're lucky you can keep working on a piece that long....Whenever I try and work on something big and detailed....I end up working on it for hours on end, then I'll make some kind of mistake....[Usually with the inking Or painting] Then I'll figure that it's no good and never touch it again.....How can you stay interested?
alexadi95 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really beautifull i wish i was there
zepheyr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
This is like a dream world.
matimski Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow so many details:D
ultimatede Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
you are an absolutely amazing artist
brijome Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I like it!
asti-friend Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I love pictures like these! It is so soft and warm, I can really feel the sunshine.
Emberblue Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I don't know anything about this place, but your illustration of it is amazing. :heart:
Larial Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
really beautiful. I wish I could be there..
NoxNoctisEstNostri Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is super. I especially love the little green dragon guy attached to the forest lifeforms wrist. very awesome.
BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
You've been featured in my latest journal: [link]

:love: :huggle:
BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Hello! :wave:
You're featured in my journal: [link]

:hug: :heart:
aliceazzo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I'm seriously considering buying a print of this :)
WhiteLillyDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! <3 ^^
If-not-for-Gravity Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work, Love it !
Babylon lives !
VanEvil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009   Digital Artist
Wonderful!! That little green creature is so cute!!! And everything looks amazing! <3
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dear:hug:
VanEvil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009   Digital Artist
You're welcome, keep up your great work! ^^
Ash-S Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
wow just wow.
Adrasteia29 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
I'm in awe of this's beautiful and just so serene to look at , in a "i want to run around and explore" kind of way!
SilvaraDragontear Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! So pretty. Love the little green being, so cute. :D
This will go in on the :+fav: list.
Stoneblub Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
This is Awesome!:D
Einfach Geil!:D
Cok Sü;per Olmus:D
BeeVomit Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
If this were truly as Babylon was in its age, I am sorry for its destruction. However, all monuments to power must fall in their time.

Well done. I will collect it.
LOVEmeDEATH Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
THIS IS SO WONDERFULL!!!!! love every single detail
ThisSideReflected Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Quite simply, perfection in a picture :+favlove:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's getting old:)
ThisSideReflected Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
No way ;)
alethiaX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Wow, what gorgeous scenery! I really like the composition/framing too - the creatures you've painted are really wonderful. I've really enjoyed your gallery; thanks for sharing your art.
loveyoutas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
This is absolutely amazing!!
Feyon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The best interpretation of the Hanging Gardens. Ever.
Almadeia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is very lovely :O
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