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Emily Holland
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
UC Davis - Animal Science
Media: pencil, sculpture, watercolor, oils, acrylic, diorama, pen
Subjects: scifi, nature, worldbuilding, fanart…

I write science fiction on the side:


Hi watchers,

As you may have noticed I have been less active on this site lately. My core membership has ended and I don't feel like buying a new one, nor do I want to deal with deviantart's poorly-policed ad networks. I will still post major artworks here, respond to comments and notes, and participate in metroid-club contests, but there are better places to go if you want to keep up with my progress. - if I make anything Ilion-related, it will go here without fail. - this is purely an art tumblr, with means no shitposts, reblogs, fandom trash, and the like.
If you want the above, you can also follow my main blog
Finally, while geared towards friends, family, and local gallery artists, is the best place to go to follow my 50-50 series, which so far I have done every year (the show is juried, so no guarantees there will be one this year, or next)

Best way to contact me:

I will respond to notes and comments, but not right away.
Tumblr messaging is the quickest way to reach me at the moment.
If you are a worldbuilder or mapmaker working at a global scale, it can be helpful to have an actual globe to guide you. If your world is an alternate Earth, then you are in luck. You can go to Amazon or troll the thrift stores and garage sales for a cheap globe of the Earth. All done.

For the rest of us, the globe we need cannot be found in any thrift store. So we make our own.

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The above is an 8 inch desktop decorative globe I bought at a furniture store. Globes run for about $15-$30 at stores, or cheaper if you can find them used. What you want is a sturdily built globe with no raised relief.

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Accuracy is not important. Any out-of-date borders and countries will be slathered over with a couple coats of gesso. Gesso is a type of acrylic paint that creates a toothed surface that can be painted on. You can buy it at any art store in bulk for pretty cheap. It's a good thing to have around.

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Next, use a pencil to outline where your continents are going to be.

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Fill in the oceans with a base color. This will provide contrast between land and sea, making the next step easier.

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For raised relief, use a heavy molding/modeling paste. This is where you will be defining your coastline and texturing the landscape. I would recommend making your coastlines more fractal than this, as mine are too smooth, but it's too late to change that now. Refer to this Cartographer's Guild tutorial for creating realistic coastlines.

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Mountains. They can be raised with a touch of the finger, keeping in mind that the paste will shrink as it dries. Exaggerate your peaks and use water to smooth out plains, deserts, and valleys.

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After the paste dries, paint the continents with acrylics. My planet has red and black plants, hence the color, but the technique is the same. Refer to tutorials on painting landscapes for getting a realistic color into your lands. Take advantage of the texturing you created earlier. Lightly dry-brush a light gray (not pure white) onto your mountains to add a dusting of snow to the peaks. Dry-brushing is a technique used by modelers to create weathering effects and make things look "dusty." To dry-brush, dip a dry brush in thick paint and wipe off most of it on a towel. With what remains, lightly drag your brush across the raised surface of your mountains in multiple directions. This should be your last step, after you've added all other layers of color.

A wash is sort of the opposite of dry-brushing. Dilute a dark color in water and let it sink into the nooks and crannies of your textured surface. Wipe off the excess with a towel. Dry-brushing makes highlights; washes make shadows.

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Now that you have your mountains, decide where your lakes and rivers are going to go. Keep in mind that most rivers won't be visible on the global scale, unless your globe is very large. In the above image you can see that I used natural depressions in the texture to make my lakes. Refer to this tutorial on realistic placement of rivers.

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Lastly, paint the ocean. Look at pictures of the Earth from space to get an idea of the range of colors you will be using. Shallows tend to be lighter and greener, while areas with red seaweed and red algae will be brownish. The reddish swirl at the center of my globe represents a thick layer of vegetation, "plantbergs" of sorts, in case you were wondering.

Sea Ice by Malicious-Monkey

Sea ice. It's bluer than snowpacked land, which I exaggerated here to make the continents more visible. Most of you will be placing the ice at the poles, obviously. This is a tidally locked planet, so an entire side is hidden away from the sun and therefore very cold. Determine your world's weather patterns and sea currents before painting in the ice.

That's it! A globe is very handy to reference when making maps of your world. Plus, it'll look nice on your desk.

Ilion: A Global Perspective by Malicious-Monkey
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AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Many happy returns to you!
PortentosaMan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! You are an amazing artist! Party 
eJcalado Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art style is really not my thing, but still I'm memerized by your talent.
Seriously, dioramas, traditional art, sculpting, digital art, worldbuilding... How can someone be good in so many things?
C4rl0sD4n13l Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I know that this is a bit late but here it comes. Also, I am a bit short of personalized phrases for each birthdays, so I hope that this will be good for you.....:

Singing Singing Today's gonna be a-okSinging Singing 
Singing Singing 'Cause we're celebratin' your birthdaySinging Singing 
Singing Singing 
Singing Singing Happy birthday, EmilySinging Singing 
Singing Singing 
Singing Singing Celebratin' your birthday!Headbang! Headbang! Headbang! Headbang!
Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne 

I wish you a Happy Birthday and that all your wishes of Birthday are accomplished. 

And remember, keep being cool and classy.
JPGuchiha Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake: 
Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
Have a nice day :)
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GenevieveMeuniere Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :party:
I hope you have a nice stress free day^^
JurassicJacob Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Happy birthday!
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