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Gearworld: Steampipe Forest by ursulav Gearworld: Steampipe Forest by ursulav
The rusted metal trees make this one for me. I suspect I'll have to paint more. I know this scene takes place in a courtyard of sorts, and sometimes it snows. This would not be remarkable, except that it's underground. Very large rooms sometimes have their own weather, in a limited fashion, although I don't know if they go so far as to get flurries. I suspect she will need to go through that door eventually, and I know she didn't come out of it, but that's about all I know. Except that I have to paint more metal trees.

The perspective in this one is slightly out of true. I tried. I did all the stuff with grids and vanishing points and horizon lines that you're supposed to do. But as often happens, over the course of three days of working, despite every trick and leaving the linework on seperate layers to refer back to, it inched out of alignment, or proved to never really be IN alignment, despite my best efforts. If I were less honest, I'd try to explain it away as the fact that this is an unreal sort of space and you're meant to have a sort of visual unease, but the fact is, the tiles simply defeated me. (The wall's okay. It's the pesky tiles.) Oh, well--as they say, no work of art is ever finished, only abandoned. And I am still enamored of the trees. It was worth it just to concieve of the steampipe trees.

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:iconlazarusmumble:
lazarusmumble Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Sweet. Reminds me of Kim Koster.
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LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
second time I've seen a gear in your work.... probably wont be the last. I love the trees :D
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JaiMcFerran Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007   Digital Artist
wow this is exactly like a scene from the book "Incarceron" by catheirne fisher!!! love it! :aww:
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Corn-Muffin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can I go live there? I think it'd be quite nice.
I love this sooo much!
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malika-mango Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
This is a really genious thing to come up with. Steampipe trees? I mean, it's just so cool. I love Gearworld. I love your imagination.

But I was wondering if you could clue me in a bit on how you get such good texture with Painter. For examle, what brushes and methods you use to get it speckled-like on the tiles. And I know you use a bit of scribbly-scratch on the trees, but still it seems more detailed. And the whole thing sort of blows my mind. How long does it take you do do this sort of thing?

I really appreciate any info you can give me! :heart:
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ursulav Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
The speckly bits are done with oil pastel, where the paper texture defines the textures I'm getting. I tend to use a lot of custom papers in Painter to get all the concrete and whatnot effects. I don't remember how long this particular painting took--a day or two, I'd imagine.
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malika-mango Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
This is a really genious thing to come up with. Steampipe trees? I mean, it's just so cool. I love Gearworld. I love your imagination.

But I was wondering if you could clue me in a bit on how you get such good texture with Painter. For examle, what brushes and methods you use to get it speckled-like on the tiles. And I know you use a bit of scribbly-scratch on the trees, but still it seems more detailed. And the whole thing sort of blows my mind. How long does it take you do do this sort of thing?

I really appreciate any info you can give me! :heart:
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blackmanok Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
gearworld has always fascinated me...
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FaroreV2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Fantastic combination of nature and... uh... not nature....
I've never seen anything like this before.
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DunkelKunoichi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
:clap::clap::clap: Beautiful job!!!
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germancars Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
The trees are really cool, but I like the way the light hits the folds in the robe
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running-halfwolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
Oooooo, mega cool!!
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SevenLevels Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Your work puts me in the perfect mindframe for writing. Thanks!
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TheIvorytowers Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
wow, i just love this, you should work on a myst game or something :X /fav
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Zaphira Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
awesome.
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Maroot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
Very interesting trees. Anywhere such did not see. You have very much enriched my images. Thanks.
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belongtonowhere Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
ive looked up on your website about the gearworld, it seems like an interesting story=) and this pic is just woaw, cool imagination of steampipe trees :thumbsup: will there be coming more of gearworld to DA?
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CheshireChik Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
Have you ever thought that maybe the there's nothing wrong with the perspective of this picture? Maybe the tiles aren't too big. Maybe the door is just too small. Maybe it's kind of like Alice In Wonderland when Alice had to drink a potion to shrink herself in order to fit through the minature door. Perhaps the woman in black will need to search the metal forest for some rusty metal mushrooms that she can lick the magical rust from to shrink herself and fit through the little door. :heart: ~Amy
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
She seems to be floating. Otherwise, perspectivishly, I rather like the sense of "WHAM" you get from the way that door and the tiles work.
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systematakada Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
excelent!
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:iconviika:
Viika Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Fantastic details, textures and colors! :clap:
The subject is fascinating, great job!
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cacrew Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
This is so creative, I just love it!
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theblackwillow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, the columns are so kool, are they supposed 2 be like claws?
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icedragon369 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
awesome. gotta love the steampipe trees :D
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vonPipkin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
an awesome collab between living and dead things *thumbs up* :+favlove:
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windraven Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd like to read the story to this pic, if one ever comes up. It looks great. And the girl looks like she's waiting for someone, or watching out for someone, and that she doesn't necessarily want to go through that door alone.
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crAZe2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005
Dude...that looks really cool. Come see my lastest post...I would be interested to see what have to say about it. [link]
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pr0jectz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005  Professional General Artist
highly impressive artwork
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wickedpeep Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005
So cool...
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Jachra Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005
Gearworld rebelled against your attempts to force it into the form YOU desired, clearly. Artistic vision has a life of it's own that is so rarely beholden to that of the artist. ;D

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go wash the philosophy out....bleh!
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Gestalt1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
Gear world rocks! Thats such an amazing idea! Love it!
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
The steampipe trees *rock.* And I like the skewed bricks. They look good there. You figure, with steampipe trees, it's just as well that the surroundings don't quite line up right.
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mateem Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005   Interface Designer
You're not the only one enamored with these trees. I shall look forward any new appearances and revelations of this dimension of yours.
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amikay Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Lovely peice of work, as usual Ursula =) If my art style were a bit different, I might be tempted to try some spin-off peices from Gearworld for myself...(Unless of course you don't want people to do that...)...it really does put the imagination to work =D
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failur3 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
but what do the tops of the trees look like?
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109cita Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the trees.
You make them seem
as if steampipe trees
are a perfectly viable idea.
Do they collect the steam
from the roots or the leaves?
Maybe both, in differing seasons?
By far, my favorite touch,
is the wheel on the left
supposedly, to turn on / off the steam.
It almost looks like a submarine door.
Maybe THAT'S actually where she's going!
You never know in a world like this!
:O_o:
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rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
i like the steampipe trees
they sort of add an extra dimension to your gearworld
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rsanches Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Amazing!!!!
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darkphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right, it's the tiles! :D

When she has to go through the door, she'll fit -- but she'll have to duck her head... (So perhaps it's not the tiles at all? Perhaps it's the door? :shrug:)
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thxprincess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm starting to feel a little silly fave-ing every single thing you've been posting lately..but you keep putting out all this incredible stuff! I can't help it! Way to go, I love it! :D
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IceGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have to agree with Rheyna in that the woman looks a bit out of place. Everything about her is very bright and colorful, espcially the lighter parts of the abayah. It looks as if she were a separate piece of art you'd done altogether and now she's just been pasted on top of this. But overall I do like the pictures. Gearworld is one of my favorite scenarios you do and I hope we can see some of the unique weather in other rooms. :}
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mystiquemoons Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
I love it!
I can't wait to see more steampipe trees..I know eveyone tells you this but, they are realistic and you have an amazing imagination! :D

:heart:Tigris
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PiercingShadows Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Dang, that's so awesome looking, I love ure style of art, however you do it...
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darkart42 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
I think it works just fine. Great work!
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RedMoonJack Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Very nice pic, the metal trees look really good,Keep up the good work!!!
Feel free to check out my gallery whwn you have a chance.
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Aintes Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
If you hadn't said anything about the perspective, I would've just assumed the floor was supposed to be sloped and slightly warped, like a section of sidewalk where the ground has settled unevenly over the years (actually it looks like our patio looked before we tore it up and replaced it!). I think it works well with the 'ruined' atmosphere of the piece. The back wall also looks slightly slanted and warped, which I also took to be intentional. Don't fight accidents that work for you. ^_^

The only negative thing I'd say about this pic is that the human in the foreground looks a bit more brightly lit and sharply focused than the rest of the picture, which seems kind of dim and 'soft-focus'.
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Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Wow! I always love your Gearworld paintings.
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BadOnion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
beautiful work! looks fantastic :)
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nFalPaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
this pipes forest is genius!
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lost-in-a-fishbowl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   General Artist
I love the idea of steampipe forest, you have an endless imaginations of such things, things that people havent thought of in unique perspective. :)

You have to be at least, my favorite artist because of your perspective and skills!
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