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Nouvous Manarola

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PLEASE NOTE: I have never posted full resolution files of the early TKP image art illustrations anywhere online until now. The full 400dpi resolution, as posted with widescreen crop and text, and clean text/crop free versions of this illustration are available on my Patreon's 5 dollar tier (along with quite a lot of other works at full res): www.patreon.com/posts/full-res…

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A timelapse image of a garrison town on the planet Polemos at dusk. In the slight middle right of the image you'll note a lone artillery turret. Polemos settlement city states are, more often than not, defended by stationary turrets, AFVs (walkers or treaded tanks), and floating anti FOIL rail gun platforms. With the history of warfare on the planet this has become a establishment of the culture. Many city states are neutral territory to FOIL warfare but are heavily defended none the less.

Both Polemos and Indus, the two primary planets in the Theos setting, are a kaleidoscope of fragmented historical references. As such places such as this exist but without the general populace understanding the historical point of origin in human history.

Nouvous Manarola was built with a mutated reference to the Italian village of Manarola en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manarola that existed in humanities distant foggy past. It resembles the old city in some ways and in others is quite different. Those who built such places have a notion of context but everyone else hasn't the interest of notion of these things. What exactly happened to humanity that disconnected them from recalling their true past is one of the many deep mysteries of Theos Ke Polemos.

The illustration is a rendered pencil illustration with digital tweaks in Photoshop then digitally colored in Photoshop CS3. The original un-edited pencil illustration was posted some time ago here vulnepro.deviantart.com/art/De…

More to come...

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marklungo's avatar
1. Magnificent, as always!

2. So where do all those big sewage pipes (or whatever they are) empty out?

3. I hate to be a know-it-all--well, actually, I don't, I just hate when people notice it--but in the US, Naruto runs on plain ol' Cartoon Network, not Adult Swim. Like anybody cares. ;-)
VulnePro's avatar
My thanks :)

Hmm, now where do they go? I wonder...

Well just say that some of it is just simple industrialization and some of it is a mystery as many other things that are peppered in the story ;)

Could have sworn I saw Naruto show on Adult Swim but I certainly could be mistaken as I haven't watched CN or AS for ages.
X-A-N-A's avatar
I wanna live there!
VulnePro's avatar
:D I'm happy you dig the piece. The real Manarola is a rather striking little coastal city and I definitely wanted this interpretation of it to feel similar only it's in the desert and not on the ocean ;)
X-A-N-A's avatar
Well, it's a nice looking place! The houses probably cost a trillion dollars to live in them, though :XD:
Rob-Cavanna's avatar
Looks like a rough town, but my imagination still longs to wander those mysterious streets and alleys. Gotta love any environmental image that sucks you in that way. :thumbsup:
VulnePro's avatar
Thanks a lot man, I'm glad it's sucking you in that means it's working :) It probably isn't what you'd call a rough town, more an old town but that said I imagine you'll find places you don't want to be caught alone ;) I'm happy you dig it.
Rob-Cavanna's avatar
Spent some quality time on the Polemos web page. Color me intrigued. World building is a serious undertaking, but so satisfying for the right audience. Detail detail detail. I feed on it.

I'm going to reference another Ottomo project here:"Cannon Fodder" -which is the 3rd part of a three piece anime collection called "Memories". Features a town that is infested w/ turrets of every imaginable shape and size. A steampunk-ish dystopia stuck in some WWI style era. Very heavy on artsy stylization and detail. You may find it interesting. :D
VulnePro's avatar
I'm glad you're finding what we have posted so far intriguing. The main Vulne Pro site is woefully out of date though due to other projects that have taken up my time. What's there still does have the broad strokes and I plan to expand that little Theos glossary into something much bigger as we progress.

Yeah, I have seen Cannon Fodder (have memories on DVD) and I rather loved that one a lot. In some ways it is similar to what I was talking about with the defended city states but, as you saw, was far more extreme and satirical in it's presentation (which I also loved).

Indeed I'm very much interested in those little details. You have a great story to support them and the little things can make all the difference, it will really make your world alive.
Rob-Cavanna's avatar
Yup. Kind of wish that Memories disk had been taken up entirely by the Cannon Fodder story. But you're right, it was just mostly intended as quick satire. What its got in common w/ Polemos is that detailed presentation and a broad visual scope.
quickblast's avatar
dam cool so wart is it a game? for gameboy?
VulnePro's avatar
It's not intended for a game but this project could certainly work as a game depending on the focus and execution. Actually, all the Theos Ke Polemos artwork is designed for an intended animation proposal. Animation has tremendous freedom for creativity and visual design and I'm letting my mind explore that while sharing the preliminary ideas with all of you :) Thanks for the comment ;)
MarkCDudley's avatar
hey what happened to the explosions in the distance?
VulnePro's avatar
This one never had any explosions in it, I think you're thinking of the winter scene with the big piped industrial complex which I've yet to post.
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MarkCDudley's avatar
oh yeah i was there for this one.
came out nice.
VulnePro's avatar
Thank man. Now that I have the time I'm able to finish a lot of these that were set aside for all the work that hit me last year. City stuff like this is a lot of work but a lot of fun as well ;)
yakata's avatar
good concept. kind of looks like Naruto
VulnePro's avatar
Thank you :) I still haven't really seen much of Naruto save an episode or two on Adult Swim. This was definitely not inspired by Naruto but I had seen some of the Naruto city images recently (mostly due to the 360 Ubisoft game) and it did look somewhat like some of the things I have been doing. It was a nice style of a somewhat European village (much of the reference I have been exploring) look and Asian architecture.
yakata's avatar
that wasn't meant in an insulting way, i actually really dig that kind of era and culture crossover
VulnePro's avatar
Oh, no, I definitely didn't view it as an insult at all. No worries ;) Actually I thought it was an interesting observation :) Thanks again for the comments!
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