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As I'm outlining my universe, it's slowy turning toward an Industrial Revolution Era-type of society instead of a Medieval-Fantasy setting... Srsly, they have robots, how couldn't they have photography.

Alnoïn is a Mage, that means a politician ; He's kind of an important personality in his city. I got some inspiration from old-fashioned photographies such as Victorian portraits for this artwork. (I overused textures yeah forgive me) And because he likes his personal automaton, he makes Gavin pose with him. o/

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JesnCin's avatar
JesnCin|Student Digital Artist
What a sweet and sentimental piece :) The old timey feel of the photograph really hits home, especially with that eroded texture look. Feels like there's been happier days looking at this photo. I particularly like the robot expression :]
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rosy-GingerPear's avatar
Glad I got the oldish look right, so ^^
Thank you very much ! :la:
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JesnCin|Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :la:
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izmoroz's avatar
I love this piece from you very much. Your linework and coloring looks great and the whole atmosphere gives an impression as if the picture was taken in late 19th century~. 
And seriously, your character- and story-ideas are truly interesting and well-developed, I get inspired too. They're so full of potential I just want to see them as a full story someday : )
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rosy-GingerPear's avatar
Thanks a lot ! :hug: I kind of overused textures, but I guess it came out well o/

Daaw, glad you're feeling inspired ;v; And please, I wanna see more of your comic project, too ! D: Leonard and Edna are so intriguing !
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First of all, the picture is wonderful. In every part of it, it looks like a 19th century photography. However, Alnoin (your creativitiy with names is very good, by the way) looks very weary. That is not bad; but at the moment, I would expect that to be reflected in his character and/or background. Perhaps sickness, or he suffered a grave personal loss.

And I absolutely agree with Horse Cookies. This early industrial background is an excellent idea. The automatons drive it there, and at the same time make sure (through the inclusion of robots and magic) that their world looks very different from ours. But there is one great thing about writing about such a period of time; it is far less rigid than the medieval setting. You can include far more changes and ambitions.

Your society seems to be one with a lot of "castes", so rather rigid. But I get the impression that it is ruled by an oligarchy, like the old city states in Italy or Germany. Or is there an aristocracy and a monarchy at play, too? Or is that something which will be rather felt in the countryside?
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Thank you very much. :hug: I'm really glad I achieved the look I wanted :)

As for Alnoin, he's a complicated man, marked by life and events. He's seen a lot, and not only good things, and he may fear that these events could resurface again. So the tired look on his face is kind of justified.

Agree, that's what I was thinking. Industrial Era in a fantasy world is a far more interesting setting. Mostly, it's because one day, I told myself : "Screw this. I want them to have umbrellas, tinted glasses, bicycles and trains. They have automatons goddamnit"

Actually, there's two big lands : Jesteria, ruled by a federation of magicians, and the Great Kingdom of Sélébrise which includes a lot of colonized countries in the Monarchical Union of Ragalis. (Ragalis being their continent.)
In fact, Jesteria is like an oligarchy of mages, yeah. I'm still thinking about including a gentry system, but they wouldn't have much influence in politics.
A general map is under construction anyway :3 Hope it will help to see that clearer.
For the 'castes', I'd say there's big international institutions, such as the Guild of Watchmakers, who take care of everything that concern robots, or the Order of the First Hour of Day, some sort of guards that live the night and stand guard around the cities.
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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

Even trains? Wow, you go into a more adanced industrial era than I thought earlier. But: that really is exciting. Because you have a different (magical) concept of energy, and that is intruiging. [One of the interesting things about Rumpel in OUAT is that his use of magic often comes quite close to that; he very much engineers magic (when he isn't using it as if it were a paper at a stock market). And as we talk about Storybrooke - I really like Dr Whale/Frankenstein's involvement there (not only because of the beautiful black/white-scenes), because he works at the crossroads between science and magic]

I am not sure if you want to use these thoughts, but from what I read about the 19th century, is that the breakthroughs achieved then really were revolutionary. What occured then enabled us to do truly magical things. After 1900, especially after 1914/18 which showed the whole possible abuse of our scientific magic, people were not so easy to enthrall with progress (I think the only exception was the space programme of the 1960s). We had gotten used to it. Today, we almost lost the ability to marvel at truly wonderful stuff like a smartphone using the internet, because it is "just one more gadget". But for someone seeing a telegraph work for the first time, or even a wireless, that was so close to magic- we can hardly imagine that. Same goes for travelling. Of course, the railway is the incredible revolution, because it liberated us from the speed and the strength of a horse or our own feet. The step from the horsedrawn-carriage to a steam-powered train going perhaps at 60km/h is more important than the development since then to a TGV or ICE going at 300km/h.

And, along with that progress, comes another thing: mass production. And it might be interesting for you, because it might be an underlying development/conflict for the background of the age you create. Just like energy, consumer goods, speedy travel or information in our world.....the use of magic in your world might rapidly expand by the ways it is harnessed. People might complain that it is irresponsible to have it in so many households. Or that the people now dealing with magic in a mundane way mostly lack the necessary deep understanding of it.....
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Wow. :wow:

Sirin, I must say that you are a great help. I wouldn't have come by myself with such considerations in my worldbuilding.
I'm taking note of this. Don't know what could I do with theses subjects, but at last... Thank you SO MUCH. I'm really glad that you feel so involved with theses thoughts that it gives you the will to write down all these ideas...  ;_; :huggle:

*Oh, it's your birthday, soon o/*
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Ivel-Xx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ca fait vraiment vieille photo,bien joué :)
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Merci beaucoup ! :D :hug:
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pollutedpencil's avatar
It looks pretty nice, if I may say so myself.
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Thanks a lot :3
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pollutedpencil's avatar
Don't mention it :)
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HorseCookies|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think its a good idea to turn it towards the Revolution-Era, especially if its early on, then you can still keep some of medieval-fantasy bits. C:
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rosy-GingerPear's avatar
I was thinking in that way, actually, yes. ^^
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HorseCookies|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent! :dummy:
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lidsworth|Hobbyist Writer
I like this. 
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rosy-GingerPear's avatar
Glad you do, thanks :3
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EJtheDemonKid's avatar
Nice coloring! Love the atmosphere!
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rosy-GingerPear's avatar
Thanks a lot ! :la:
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EJtheDemonKid's avatar
Yet hanks for the llama, too!X3
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Takalla|Student Digital Artist
Very cool. I love robots. :D And I also love the sepia tones and how 'old' it looks.
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Thanks a lot ! Glad you like it :la:
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