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Dun-Di city

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When I first heard the name of the city I thought about Crocodile Dundee. I never asked my client if he had the same thing in mind.
This is a setting for a d&d campaign and one of the rare occasions for me to paint architecture. I won't say I stink at it, just I didn't had much experience with it and chances to exercise. I do think it ended up as a decent setting. The small houses were a pain in the nether regions to be honest but I was glad to have the occasion to paint something else other than characters.
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masalorStudent Artist
Combine L.O.T.R , Age of empire and Disciples,to have an perspective of that bird on the fly view!
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
Haven't thought about any of those when I made it, just followed my client's description.
Eveqi's avatar
You are great even in painting architecture :clap: I like those small bridges connecting houses along street.. quite unusual in this amount.. probably the citizens of Dun-Di city are very friendly? :)
And I love again the small details like horseman, little gate and regiment beyond it, tower (lotr inspiration?), entrance portals, statue (archer with crossbow, right?), sheeps and small road up along the castle wall (lovers visits?).. the colours speak for itself, beautiful, clear and optimistic and you added perfect leaves frame, which makes it even more realistic for the observer. Fascinating work, bow to you :nod:
I have only one question (oh, actually fifth if I count all the ?) - why is it turned?
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
Its a birdview perspective and I imagined the "bird" taking a small turn. I thought it gave the whole image a much more "active" perspective.
Eveqi's avatar
So it was your own invention? Very good one, it makes it even more extraordinary :clap:
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
I wouldn't say its my own invention, birdview perspective exists for a long time. Its used in games and in movie, all you have to do is look for it.:)
Eveqi's avatar
Yes, it does exist.. Forest Gump's feather for example, MIB and the dragonfly, etc., but it's not used on paintings often, so I really appreciate you've taken the advantage of this view from above on the city and applied it on it :deviation:
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
It seemed like a good idea at that time. :)
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SeekHimHobbyist Writer
That is one big castle!

GOD bless
John 3:16
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
It is indeed. :)
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Daniel-AV666Professional Digital Artist
Now that's bloody awesome.

Particularly the arcane tower in the background.
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
Believe it or not that was the easiest part to do in this whole image. :D
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sannamyProfessional General Artist
I do actually believe it... is the less detailed (ovbiously for the distance), maybe the first line of houses in front of the arcane tower should be more smugled or desfocussed, and maybe the town plaza is a little soo huge and deserted...Anyway...

Beautifull job as usuall. ^^. I do particlar like the casttle and the INN (in the front right)
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
There is some distance fog on the house line you mentioned but I didn't want to have it too strong on. As for the plaza, it is big by description but to populate it with crowds of people...now that would have meant some extra money and the client was interested in the city, not in the crowds. And 'tho as an artist sometimes I feel these kind of sacrifices take from the final image, I rarely can afford to spend the extra time working on something extra for free when I have a couple of payed commissions waiting in line. But every time I do my best to make the client happy in his choices.
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sannamyProfessional General Artist
well... actually, that's the correct way of do it... The idea is make the client happy, but (if someting learn in design clases) sometime the client doesn´t know as much as the professional about things like this... and is our duty as artist/designers/comisioneds help the client to solve his problem..."the client could went to you seraching for a bridge, when what he do really need is a way to cross the river". In tath way we can evolve in our profesion and make the client evolve with us. but sometimes is too risky, some people doesn´t want to be categorized as ignorants of his own ideas or needs, but that the reason of why now people doesn´t trust profesionals, they want to do everyting themselves, ignoring that pros have the experience and knowledge needed for a clean and eficient work.

^^ Anyway... I understand... and I'm happy to hear about your "pile of work"... the Best luck for your projects capitan! ^^
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, believe me, I always try to suggest the client a better approach in the sketch phase of the image. But almost as often the client has his/her own vision about how things should look and I have to respect that. But, from time to time I do get a client who in the description puts "artist's choice". So I take solace in those ones and do what I can about the others.
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Daniel-AV666Professional Digital Artist
Was it? Hmm, doesn't seem like it was. Still, it looks really cool.
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
The hardest thing of all the image was to put together all the little houses. So I ended up making up just a few groups and the just copy/paste them all over the place, occasionally flipping them. :D
Yeah, I'm a dirty cheat. :D
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Daniel-AV666Professional Digital Artist
Oh I see.

Now that I think about it, it seems obvious that would be the best course of action to get all of the houses, but its not noticeable unless someone tells you.
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
I guess thats the idea. :D
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Daniel-AV666Professional Digital Artist
Indeed.
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madam-marlaProfessional Digital Artist
wow, I think it looks spectacular :) The castle in particular is very beautiful :)
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MatesLaurentiuProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. There are quite a few details I could have added but usually I have to stop somewhere before I put too much detail into it.
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