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Gate Of The World by Nimphradora Gate Of The World by Nimphradora
Some call it Throat, some call it Gate Town, some even call it the real capital of the empire, but then again the lawless types who lodge in the pubs here would say anything to get a laugh.
What's no one can deny is that the town sits right on top of, and has its fangs pinching the only passage from the Seethe to the Eyelands, and with that, half of the commerce of the land. 

"Commerce" it must be noted, is employed here highly charitably for what actually produces the wealth and power is some combination of smuggling, banditry, theft, murder and various forms of what the locals call "fishing" that are only marginally safer than suicide, which involves diving into the Seethe for extended periods of time to scavenge.

It's because of the types of people, more charity, this kind of commerce attracts, or rather leaves surviving, the governor of Gate Town holds the both envious and precarious position. He's to be envied as grasping the almost literal lifeline of a nation, and the precarious position of most assassinated in the history of the empire.

Jan is in fact, the 49th Governor. He has enough eyes and ears in the imperial city of Whisht to know that the 50th is coming soon, and the succession will likely not be pretty. 

Exerpt from Black and White, a sci-fi fantasy story by Ze Hai Liu.

Digital Illustration, Ze, 2013.
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Theluki986 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This is a splendid landscape, full of magic and epicness. :clap: You really did a wonderful job here :love:
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hananas59 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it, it's very open and fantastic :3 
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buttsqaures Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Beautiful :)
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Sael-ar Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beaautiful! 
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FuzzyMaro Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Beautiful! You did a great job with colors and perspective :) 
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Kilcra Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
That's really crazy looking, and you gave this piece a very dramatic sense of scale. Awesome stuff!
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Beautiful piece.
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RioFluttershy Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Prettyv^^
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Apricityy Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student
Very impressive from the colors to the details and difference in texture. Overall the piece is very pleasing to the eye and very interesting. Great work!
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Ronyaw Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Artist
This looks amazing! Do you have any tipps on drawing landscapes? I struggle a lot with environments :(
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Nimphradora Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! 
Do you have any examples to show? It might help me give you better advice.
A generally good thing that anyone can benefit from is going outdoors and sketching or painting from nature. 
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Ronyaw Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
You're welcome!
unfortunately not.. I tend to start a painting and delete it as soon as it does not look the way I want it to.. 
It just seems to be so easy, other artists just take a big brush and throw some colours onto the canvas until they have trees.
When I do this, it looks like weird scrambled eggs. 
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Nimphradora Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh i've been there, you don't see it because most artists don't show it, but for every one good artwork they're showing off, there are probably somewhere between 10-100 discarded sketches that didn't turn out.

The trick is to find the motivation to keep going until you get to that good one.
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Ronyaw Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Artist
Thank you very much for these kind words!

I am much more motivated now :D
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lfrogwatts Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Well...That’s very atmospheric. Amazing detail on the whole thing as well. As if every pixel illuminated before me.
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