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The River by owen-c The River by owen-c
02-13-10 EDIT: New version UP!

Or, as I like to call it, "Hong Kong by way of Brussels."

It's worth noting that there are a lot of details and most of them are in the model itself...the only real exceptions being the roof shingles, floor tiling and plants. Everything else is all just model...
Full image is 3000x5000 or so if you wish to get a closer look.

I ended up spending so much time on modeling that the lighting got the short end of the stick as it were. I'm still not really satisfied with that part of it and may go back to it later.
Also, the original concept of the image was at night, so perhaps I'll go back and create a night version as well.

At any rate, let me know what you think.

*** EDIT: Thanks incredibly much for DD and overwhelming response.... I am much honored...

*** EDIT 2: By request, now available as a print as well.
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Given 2009-11-27
The River by ~owen-c is a very highly detailed scene with a fairly unique cartoony feel to it! - words by suggester ( Suggested by ShengDaFlashPRo and Featured by joannastar )
chaos-kitten85 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oooh pretty. This is very impressive, congratulations.
amedrops Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Beautiful work; that detail is amazing! :)
Shaun2186 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Artist
Amazing work. Love the level of detail. Inspiring stuff. The colours are magic
MaroonGoon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Love it! I want to live here!
Aishavin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
I would love to live there.
owen-c Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
by the way did this get linked somewhere? It has been getting a lot of hits today, just curious.
Aishavin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Not that I know... It is high up on the popular feed (for good reason), that is all I know.
ShadowDoctrine Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful details and colorful style :heart:
Kage-Forgotten Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Welcome to the world of Forsaken.

You are an out-cast Master Samurai with exceptional skill. Born to be the Leader of a destroyed Empire, but Exiled by the Supreme Guardians of the Emperors Shine for Misconduct. You alone have traveled the devastated lands in search of rest and peace, but to no avail you have fallen to wayside as fate pulls you back into the very world you are trying to escape from. Armed with just a Katana, Kage (You) Must fight your way back into Honor and relinquish the title " Forsaken. "

Hello, My name is Malykai and I notice your Forum comments and I am making a game (already in-progress) and I think you would be a great addition to it. It is Open Concept game, meaning you are able to add you input and ideas into the game to shape its outcome. So the GDD I have but will change as we Create more and more. I am a 3D Modeler/ Animator/2d Concept Artist/Sound Engineer. I want this Team to be full of Newbies so that the hunger to create drives us. The Style and format of the game is hack and slash adventure (third person.) With this project the goal is to get a finished title under your belt and from there you can branch out and with your new experience build a bigger and better game. Thanks for your interest in the project
Now this is where you come in. We need artist (which I myself am also one) to help us realize this Vision which is already in progress. We need concepts including environment pieces Character works and the two combined.Also if you posess the skill to do 2D maps that's a plus but not mandatory. If you feel like this is a fit for you and have been wanting to add more to your portfolio, and work with other exceptional artist then this is the place. For compensation we will be splitting Royalties if we go for funding, but as of right now it is a non-paid project in which you can add that you have " Worked on game." to your portfolio.(Why not right?)
Deviantart thanks to you. you've been a great asset helping us move forward. I just wanted to let everyone know that we are moving into getting the animation pipeline rolling for the Main characters and Enemies and setting up a small prototype to work out all the kinks before we move on. Things have been moving great and we have received a great amount of contribution from the team.
We are now looking mainly for these Positions:

3D Character Modelers 2
Rigging Artist 2
Animators 2
Sound Engineers 1
Voice Talents 2
Dialogue Artist 1

Currently Have:

2D Concept Artist 4/4
3d Modelers 3/4
3D Character Modelers 1/3
Rigging Artist 2/2
Animators 2/3
Programmers 5/5
Level Designers 3/4
Sound engineers 1/2
Writer 2/2
Dialogue Artist 1/2

The Roles are being filled just fine guys thanks

So please feel free to contact us
Via Skype: Xardyon0
or here on UDK forums

Thanks guys will have a update coming up here in the next couple days.Thanks again for all the help and support. BTW the animations are not final quality these are for testing and will be iterated several times and if you see a position full please don't hesitate to apply we could always use the help.

Keep following us @
Feel free to view our progress and to Contact meat the following :


Contact Me @
Skype ID : Xardyon0 (That is a zero at the end)
Carto ID : Xardyon
Or here on DeviantARt @ [link]
DarkJanet Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful town.
KimikoT Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Wowww!!! Gorgeous!! I love it!
TheDawnofSnowdrop Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome! >XD
pariah87 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
:worship: So many beautiful and interesting details.
Thank you so much for sharing this! :clap:
moonymuch Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
This is so lovely!
saflam Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing details! oAo I love the color scheme <3
Code-Blu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
your accurate detail is mindblowing!
JELLYBEANwannabe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
This is amazing.
nuttypanther Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Gee, love it :jawdrop: I always liked the theme of a multi-storey city, with bridges over streets and all. It would be a great place to live in.
HasnulKarami Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is awesome !!(^_^)
aurora-cs Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, your skill is amazing - the perspective in this is just spot on and the colours are stunning. Nice work! *claps*
ksagag Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here: [link] :eager: :blowkiss:
Loopy-Lupe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
I remember seeing this a while ago, but I couldn't fav it!
Well now I can, wonderful lighting and structure, I'd love to live there.
otronombre Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
how did you draw the water
Mikurunrun Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
This is breath-taking and amazing and pretty and just... wow.
The details are crazy-good. I mean, seriously.
What I'd give to sit on that bench :)
yzorderrex22 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
This is so intense, I can hardly stop staring long enough to leave a comment. :omfg:
lastlecture Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Everything about this is amazing! o.o
I'd love to visit a place like this...
Shansified Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
rifina1217 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
very nice....hohohob
krizz4life Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Thats.....AMAZING :O
star-player Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I love it. Congratulations. I'd like to visit that place. It really makes me. Congratulations, really
Carthegian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Fantastic details, it's truly a great work. Very inspirative =D
owen-c Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, be sure to check out the "ver. 2" as well with updated lighting and so forth.
Nice work you have as well. And I see you're watching Bakemonogatari, that's neat since I am currently watching that show as well.
Carthegian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
I've seen it :)

Thank you for the compliment. Ah, bakemonogatari offers a unique feel and flow of the story, and the background work is just so amusing =D
kawai-hime Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student General Artist
just amazing you really deserve the DD
really incredible work
MatthewOmnius Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
This is absolutely epic. Superb!
owen-c Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks; if you haven't already, I encourage you to check out the "version 2" of it. I didn't post that one since it was done after the original became a DD.
BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I wish I could be there!
owen-c Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I may be updating this one in a few days....
DTKinetic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Detail Overload! The colors are also very effective.
NixTigris Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Great model. Strange mix.
owen-c Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I was originally going to do a straight HK style model, but I just love Art Nouveau and it somehow gets enmeshed in things.
NixTigris Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Long live to ArtNoveau, from it came some of the most beautiful crafts ever made by humans.
owen-c Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, totally. And also some of its stylistic offshoots like Gaudi.
It seems to me like it was the first really original style since Gothic, that didn't fall into the trap of just re-using elements of classical/gothic style. And it was still so focused on being decorative that it didn't fall into the trap of being simple and a bit boring like a lot of the other styles. I think the other one would be Art Deco, but nouveau has an alien kind of look to it that nothing else does.
I'm waiting for it to make its comeback, I suppose it's been 100 years. Get ready for it
NixTigris Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010   Digital Artist
MissChristalJoy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
:omg: wow.... simply wow.
RhexFiremind Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
WOOOWW, THIS IS JUST AMAZING!, really inspiring work! man, this is increible!
Kyttee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How long did it take??? Which program did you use?! Amazing sense of details here and the result is just marvelous!!! Thumbs up!
owen-c Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
3ds max - about a week or 30-40 hours. Thanks
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