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Skenara [Land Beyond the Sea]
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Published: October 17, 2016
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Participant of the CGTrader Digital Art Competition
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I'm entering CGTrader's competition for 2018 with a few pieces.
This one is for Environment Illustration.

This map will be in the 2018 Atlas of Design!!! :D atlasofdesign.org/2018/05/16/2…
Now available as a print on INPRNT - www.inprnt.com/gallery/j.steve…

A friend has suggested that I should start a Patreon account to produce more work for these sorts of game and story places.
Let me know what you think - would you be interested? What sort of things would you want to see? What would make that interesting for you?

Skenara, an ancient land beyond the sea... It rests southeast from the lands of Haldeshar over the Kohl Sea.

When the peoples of Simbral first came to these lands, they found them inhabited by crude beasts and dark secretive folk who dwelt in caves and in the stony grounds. The vegetation ruled the lands in all but a few scant places.

An old and powerful people had once called this land home, but few remained.
In places like Ygryn and Skar, or far to the south in Far Nyeshe, the lasy of Ylan weaved splendid magics and crafted arcane wonders in the hopes of undoing what they had done in ages past. The primeval lands grow over them, invested with strange forms and powers not of the natural world.

Thus the travellers form Simbral laid hands upon the land, to claim it and tame it to their purposes. Over many centuries it would seem they had succeeded. But forces once unleashed upon the TuAl, the wild woods, do not sleep. They creep, slow and steady, caring little of time and the ages of men.

Genereation after generation, the peoples of Skenara face the insidious crawl of the skagrafol and all the dark menace they bring. Great swathes of woodslands must often be burned to the ground to ensure that the blight does not spread.

Long ago the cities of Kida and Sekiz were lost to the dark fingers within the Zurinal. The blight threatens to spread even unto the very lands of Bhale.

Some folk believe that hope will come from Yleshe or Ylande. Others believe that the secrets lie hidden in some dusty ruin long since abandoned by the Ylan.

Others believe that a new power rises deep in Volanus, awakening fire and stone to roll against the the green plague; one day to return things to their natural order.

But an ancient thing sits north of Ragrinal who knows that none of these things are true. It waits, as it has for ages, to break the bones of mortal men and crumble their stone cities to rubble and dust under the throny touch of skeck.

Other bits...
Haldeshar by SirInkman  The Lands of Trolnarm by SirInkman  Sagemound [front] by sirinkman by SirInkman   Frosthaven [2015] by SirInkman   Felian's Tower [pencil] by SirInkman   The Barnacle [pencil] by SirInkman
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jmb200960's avatar
Beautiful map ! Love this ancient style !
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Jean :)
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Latino-Magic-Attack's avatar
this looks very well done. and a LOT of detail. though it seems you've overcrowded some places. I've been looking for someone to put my world to paper from my book that i'm writing. its only half complete in my story, but i feel that if i can get it more defined and sorted, i can better pace my story between distances traveled and what not. would this be something you'd be interested in?
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SirInkman|Professional
Hey Deion, you can send me a note here on DA or email me if you would like to discuss a commission.
My email is on my profile page as well as my website which has basic information I would need to give a quote [on contacts page of website].
I don't discuss commissions in the comments area.
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ThreeGivenNames|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, the detail in this one! I LOVE the map monsters as well. More maps should have map monsters.
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Mike :D
Yeah, I agree. I need to do  them more often. :)
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your work is amazing
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Fernand :D
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dbuke's avatar
This is a beautiful map.  Is it alright if I use it in my class to teach students about Why ancient civilizations developed near rivers and lakes?
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks dbuke :)
I'm sorry I missed your comment.
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Caenwyr|Professional Digital Artist
Great map, John. It feels like I can almost reach in my screen and grab it!
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Caenwyr :D
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Ì'd join on Patreon to see your process. Maybe a time-lapse video creating a map like this. It's bloody gorgeous!
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Tony :D
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arsheesh|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful piece!  Stylistically it seems somewhat different from much of your other work.  The compass rose is my favorite element, great work on the design there.  The history behind the land is quite engaging as well.  
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SirInkman|Professional
Thanks Tad :)
Yep, I was trying some new things here.
Wanted to get some sea monsters in there.
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SirInkman|Professional
Thank you Saiyan :)
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dorannun|Hobbyist General Artist
This map is beautiful :) I adore the style.

I'd definitely support you on Patreon if you went that path. There's a variety of ways you could do it; some of the people I support offer tutorials, Patreon-only posts, invitations to suggest the next project, opportunity to request maps after a certain time period if donating at a specific level or above. I like them all but whether they work for you or not is up to you to decide.
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SirInkman|Professional
Thank you Siijaye :D
I am going to have to create an account and familiarize myself with what options there are and all that.
I still haven't worked out what sort of path I would try to do.
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dorannun|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it :)
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snore23's avatar
The ability of yours to create such a vivid world through maps and stories is wonderful and inspiring. Congratulations on a great piece. Great job!
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SirInkman|Professional
Thank you snore :)
The writing of story is a large part of this process.
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I can well imagine. Can't have a map of a place without knowing who and what it is about!
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