My initial foray into atlantean architecture - with its main intended purpose to give me some technique rehearsal. This take on the concept of Plato's metropolis plays around with the question of stonework that was supposed to line its every building.
Now that it has been finished, I feel that there is so much more that can be elaborated upon, both in the basic design and additional scenery. For it still lacks the “rich in science and divine prestige, but already dead on the inside” vibe that formed the core of Plato’s message.
Machinery of purpose unknown, left within once splendid halls to gather rust and grime while the world it was meant to serve continues as if nothing ever transpired.
Artwork originally meant to remain watercolour only, but lack of sharp detail and previous experiment with fractalizer made me decide that taking a page from Jean Giraud’s work and combining techniques would help it look better.
New addition to the stable of interesting ideas that yearned to be given another chance after first take at putting them to form became horribly obselote.
Original idea used to be quite distant from what I just painted: thegreatmc.deviantart.com/art/… - I worked out many different approaches that elaborated on the primary premise, only to figure out that the most interesting was the one that focused on what made the first take so fascinating to draw. Except back then I never bothered to look up how heated metal might look like and change, which meant that a lot of time dedicated to second take would be used exclusively for learning.
Halloween season is already over, so it was high time for me to properly finish this scenery before uploading.
Although around here halloween is little more than an optional theme for a handful of events and parties held in the shadow of subsequent All Saints Day, internet always helps to keep this season around for all.
I will forever enjoy the annual flair that MMORPG games add to their landscapes on this occasion - be it Guild Wars, WoW and recently Wildstar - so much, in fact, that I had to invent and drew one such landscape myself.