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The Town Duesterrode by SteffenBrand The Town Duesterrode by SteffenBrand
Düsterrode is a small town that has to defend itself against orcs and wild animals towards the forest. Style wise I wanted to try something different, push it a little to capture the feel of morning. The colors are a bit held back, which is a deliberate choice here because it works very well with the other maps.

While many ask: No, there was no 3D-Software involved at any point of the creation process. I usually just draw some perspective lines (here we have a 3-Point-Perspective) and start from there. After quite a bit of aligning - to be honest - so it looks good in the end.

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01 House of the Village Mayor, 02 The ‚Sylvan Tavern‘, 03 Blacksmith, 04 Temple of Peraine (Peraine is the Goddess of Agriculture and Healing), 05 Bothie of the Huntsman, 06 Graveyard / Borons Ground (Boron is the God of Death, the kind of blissful Forgetfulness that helps to overcome, Dreams, and Silence), 07 Well, 08 Farmsteads, 09 Watchtower

Düsterrode is but a small part of the bunch of maps in the Beginners Box of ‚The Dark Eye‘ soon to be published. © Ulisses Spiele GmbH, 2018
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:iconarsheesh:
arsheesh Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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:iconduridya:
duridya Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! Mir gefällt die Perspektive und dass du richtig Lichtverhältnisse eingebaut hast :-)
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Danke, ja, das wollte ich schon immer mal vermehrt machen =)
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:iconcrumb662:
CRUMB662 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Job well done.
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:iconusappakin:
usappakin Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Nice work! ^^
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:iconmvessentialarts:
MVessentialarts Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Cool
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:iconreacted1991:
reacted1991 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
looks like the hill top from the walking dead
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I have only watched the first 1 or 2 seasons, I don't know.
Maybe it is the wooden barricades... :D
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trizero91489 Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago
:sing:

I'm goin' down to Duesterrode, gonna have myself a time.


crazy wizards are everywhere and horny orcs without restriction.

Goin' down to Duesterrode, gonna leave my hoes behind.

Ample questing day or night, monster girls are shouting: "mornin, neighbor!"

Headin' on up to Duesterrode gonna see if I can't unwind.

Someday I'll be old enough to stick my dick up the princesses butt!

So come down on to Duesterrode, and meet the horny friends of mine.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
In a 1000 years I would have never thought to combine this to Düsterrode, but here we go, you just made my day :D
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trizero91489 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I aim to please! :D
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:iconjhonydraw:
JhonyDraw Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This reminded me of the stonemarten village. 

2.bp.blogspot.com/-YDbuS1HryyY…

a happy memory of my childhood
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sadly your link didn't work :/
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:iconjhonydraw:
JhonyDraw Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
img.over-blog-kiwi.com/0/24/52…


This illustration belongs to the book "The Den of Dragons" from the Grailquest series. of James Herbert Brennan

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grailque…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_He…
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UNDEADWARRIOR7411 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks really good! Nice job! Nod 
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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:iconphuderoso:
Phuderoso Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me the Resident Evil 4 village, for some reason. ^_^
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:iconsempalon:
Sempalon Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago
Hey, you are right!  ^^  '4' is the best Resident Evil for me! ;-)  They should do a Remake of it!
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:iconkellerica:
Kellerica Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Impressive, but I expect no less by this point! Great village. 
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, much appreciated, Kellerica! =)
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:iconotegine:
Otegine Featured By Owner 6 days ago
What happens to 05 when orcs attack?  It's outside of the city walls O.O
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
He can look out for himself ;)
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:iconworld-of-zekira:
world-of-zekira Featured By Owner 6 days ago
While it's absolutely gorgeous I have to wonder why the North indicator points the same way as the shadows? Is this town so far to the pole that sunrise would cause this?
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:iconbogie-dj:
Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Excellent Steffen!!  Nice work with the morning shadows.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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tomgarcia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thats a really big cow, holly molly.
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:iconfred73fr:
Fred73fr Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspiring,
Typically the type of colorization I wish I could do
That goes straight to my faves and Reference for my projects
Thanks for sharing this ;)
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
It isn't my usual coloring way, too. It was hard at first, but I decided to use a much more desaturated coloring for the whole gaming box. I usually tend to get a bit overboard with colorization, but I'm trying to work on it. Thank you so much! =)
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MustageIce Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Sowas liebe ich!
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:iconmapledude:
MapleDude Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work.
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:iconm0rv:
m0RV Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this map, like really.  Any way to commission one of these?
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thank you so much! =)
Sadly I have to say I can't take any commissions right now. 
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:iconm0rv:
m0RV Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if that ever changes.  Thanks for responding.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I will, thank you =)
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:iconpsychoticslave:
PsychoticSlave Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Nice perspective ^_^. I host DND games so I was wondering if I could use this as a concept for A small village?
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I can't prevent you from downloading and showing it, obviously.
But it is a copyrighted image with all things attached to it.
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:iconpsychoticslave:
PsychoticSlave Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply :3 Im not using it for any commercial or public purposes it’s a 6 player group :)
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Alright, I hope you all have a great evening =)
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:iconpsychoticslave:
PsychoticSlave Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
you as well, even though it's the next day's noon :)
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:iconwoodgnome01:
Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Excellent work with the perspective.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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:iconsayosen:
sayosen Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Amazing work as always.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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:iconsirinkman:
SirInkman Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional
Nice work Steffen :)
Has a nice dark atmosphere/mood.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Sir! :D 
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:iconlolholm:
Lolholm Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I think it's too small to be considered a town, I would classify it as a settlement, or village if being generous.
Still I like the concept, looks like a nice place.
Besides, I realise that many games such as Skyrim to give an example, call small walled settlements ''Towns''.
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:iconsteffenbrand:
SteffenBrand Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Well, good point and thank you for letting me know.
English isn't my first language. Thank you! =)
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:iconlolholm:
Lolholm Featured By Owner 6 days ago
No problem. :)
English isn't my first language either, but I've read and written so much in English by now, that I'm almost better at it than my native Danish.
If you want to learn more about medieval castles and towns there is a youtuber called Shadiversity, who amongst other things compare video game and movie towns and cities, with historical ones to see how realistic they are.
It might help you.
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