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    Eow 109 The Emerald City of OZ

    Eow 109 The Emerald City of OZ

    Eow 109 The Emerald City of OZ


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    the Emerald city of OZ as described in L.Frank Baum's Books.
    there are 13 books and the description actually changes a bit from book to book so you have a good deal of freedom
    Please do not just give u sback the movie version
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_City

    this is a prime opportunity to study transparency and sunlight through glass.. A real challenge, but a real opportunity as well



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    oooh Glen! hi!
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    To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

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    This should be challenging! Great.
    chaos: Since I don't have access to the books, is it okay to make up any kind of city as long as it is Emerald even if it is nothing like the books descriptions? Sorry if it is a stupid question. If I ever read the books, I don't remember! Saw the films though.
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    zimfin:

    Listed below are some descriptions of the Emerald City taken from a few of Baum's books. I'm sure that there are many more detailed examples noted here :http://baum.thefreelibrary.com/

    "From the top of the high bridge they could see far away the magnificent spires and splendid domes of the superb city, sparkling like brilliant jewels as they towered above the emerald walls."

    "...the graceful and handsome buildings were covered with plates of gold and set with emeralds so splendid and valuable that in any other part of the world any one of them would have been worth a fortune to its owner. The sidewalks were superb marble slabs polished as smooth as glass, and the curbs that separated the walks from the broad street were also set thick with clustered emeralds. There were many people on these walks--men, women and children--all dressed in handsome garments of silk or satin or velvet, with beautiful jewels."

    "Dorothy and her friends were at first dazzled by the brilliancy of the wonderful City. The streets were lined with beautiful houses all built of green marble and studded everywhere with sparkling emeralds. They walked over a pavement of the same green marble, and where the blocks were joined together were rows of emeralds, set closely, and glittering in the brightness of the sun. The window panes were of green glass; even the sky above the City had a green tint, and the rays of the sun were green."

    "The Emerald City is built all of beautiful marbles in which are set a profusion of emeralds, every one exquisitely cut and of very great size. There are other jewels used in the decorations inside the houses and palaces, such as rubies, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts and turquoises. But in the streets and upon the outside of the buildings only emeralds appear, from which circumstance the place is named the Emerald City of Oz. It has nine thousand, six hundred and fifty-four buildings, in which lived fifty-seven thousand three hundred and eighteen people, up to the time my story opens. All the surrounding country, extending to the borders of the desert which enclosed it upon every side, was full of pretty and comfortable farmhouses, in which resided those inhabitants of Oz who preferred country to city life."
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    This is a great topic, I'll be sure to participate this time! Thanks for those descriptions!
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    thanks Aug
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    I think I'll probably go with the first description. It's interesting that Baum's descriptions of the city doesn't stay consistent throughout his many books.

    For instance in the original Wizard of Oz he describes the city as being green on the outside but white on the inside (hence the green glasses the Wizard forces the inhabitants to wear). But the glasses are nowhere to be seen in the later books. He then describes Oz as being gold plated with green merely the dominant color.

    Eventually the whole green thing disappears altogether, as the buildings are decorated with not just emeralds, but sapphires, diamonds, and rubies.

    So much for the "Emerald" city!
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    Here's some sketches. Not really faithful at all here since I haven't read the books, just experimenting with color and composition. I like the idea of doing an interior thing... And now that I hear about this gold/white interior I am reminded of the Return to OZ film. Mostly I want to get a 19th century vibe into these. Have to work more on the bottom right one- its totally jacked right now.
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    don't know if i'll finish it or not. most likely not. but i'm throwing down my composition for the hell of it. probably will rescale the whole thing and do something weird. but this is the general idea.

    ... and a shout-out to Chaosrocks

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    a little more work tonight. i like the "real variable width pen" for doodling this ornamentation.

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    i've been warned about giving unsolicited advice before, but it's well-intentioned, i promise...

    the human eye is trained to subdivide proportions in half (and in thirds). it also likes right angles and 45 degree angles. we also like tangents. but, it's important to realize that those subconscious tendencies to abstractly do these things tend to flatten and abstract our images when we draw. in daily reality, we almost never see anything perfectly divided in half--evenly spaced proportions recede according to the rules of perspective, not at equal picture-plane intervals. we literally have to fight this urge when we make our compositions.

    mishkin notice how in your first rough the ground, the sky and the building are almost exactly the same vertical proportion? and the railing in the 2nd one is one-third the height of the image? you're off to a good start already, but just by varying these proportions, i think you can make your images much stronger.

    that said, dividing things in even proportions is useful when you want to emphasize symmetry, iconic status, religious significance, etc. in my mediocre comp, i'm doing it consciously to create an overbearing, towering feeling. something like religious awe, seeing the monolith from 2001: a space odyssey, etc.

    anyway, i hope this helps. it's not like i don't have to remind myself of these things over and over and over again.
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