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Edge of THE CITY by thd777 Edge of THE CITY by thd777
Have been struggling with this one for some time now. It is still not exactly where I want it, but I thought that I post it anyway and see what others think...

This is a much bigger scale view of The City, home of Jazz and Kalee. We are looking at the eastern edge of The City. The city walls ~150m high and separate The City from the wasteland outside. On the right you can see one of the enormous waste dump sites. Even though The City reclaims most of its waste (~80%), with over 2 billion people living within its wall (The City covers most of a continent) there is still a lot that isn't recycled and gets dumped in the wasteland outside the walls by the yellow hover trucks. Around the dump site you can see a shanty town of outsiders (refugees, adventurers, and criminals (dumping prisoners outside the walls is a handy way to keep the prisons clean and unwanted people away from the City)) and a small watch post. On the left a transport is returning from one of the remote mining outposts.

One of the things I am working on is to add falling debris to the dump trucks hovering above the waste site. I am also not completely happy with the look of the waste piles...

Ciao
TD
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Well first of all, this may just be me being unobservant (which is more of the same), but I'm not seeing the hovering trucks over the waste piles...somebody point them out to me?

The piles themselves seem a bit uniform, I'd think that there would be a lot more variety to the waste that is entrenched therein and if you rework it at all, you could maybe add some weird stuff to make it seem more real. A couple years back, my county experienced a really bad drought and all of the lakes dried up. On the bottom of one was a completely intact couch. Stuff like that really adds character to a scene I think. Not that I'm promoting drought or anything, driving by the lakes was so sad because I'm not even kidding, the water was completely gone and there was grass growing on the lake-bed. Well, except for the part where the couch was.

Still, I don't think this piece is a failure by any stretch of the imagination. The city seems very austere and sterile, and the transport returning enhances the idea that only people who the Powers That Be want to be there will be there. Even without the description paragraph, I got a good feel for what this city is like. I think the textures and the kind of muted colour scheme help establish an atmosphere of futurism that suits the piece.

I think if you decide to keep working on this, it can only improve but even if you decide you've had enough of it, it is still an exceptional piece of art. :)
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Joey1058 Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your waste piles need to be rustier and more colorful. Too white.
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This looks great! like a matte painting for a movie. As for the subject matter, This looks very accurate, and sadly familar... a similar thing occurs in a lot of third world countries.
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thd777 Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yes, my SciFi universe is inspired by reality...

Ciao
TD
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Bad-Dragon Apr 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Looks pretty cool to me.
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thd777 Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

TD
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thd777 Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

TD
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