Topic suggested by JanJager: Temple at Uppsala
Taken from Wikipedia:
The Temple at Uppsala was a religious center in Norse paganism once located at what is now Gamla Uppsala. Sweden attested in Adam of Bremen's 11th century work Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum and in Heimskringla, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century. Theories have been proposed about the implications of the descriptions of the temple and the findings (or lack thereof) of the archaeological excavations in the area.
In Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum, Adam of Bremen provides a description of the temple. Adam records that a "very famous temple called Ubsola" exists in a town close to Sigtuna. Adam details that the temple is "adorned with gold" and that the people there worship statues of three specific gods that sit on a triple throne. Adam describes that near the temple stands a massive tree with far-spreading branches, which is evergreen both in summer and winter. At the tree is also a spring where sacrifices are also held. According to Adam, a custom exists where a man, alive, is thrown into the spring, and if he fails to return to the surface, "the wish of the people will be fulfilled."
The existence of the temple disputed, and there's no historically factual details of what it looked like. There are just two written records - none of the writers ever saw the temple and there are few archaeological records. You can choose to follow the wikipedia briefing or just have at it loosely.
Due Date EXTENDED: Monday, January 31st
Last edited by Vulgar`; January 26th, 2011 at 02:01 PM.
The subject matter is really dark and eerie, so i wanted to try and paint the setting at day time but still give the uneasy feeling that people portrayed in the writings. Subtle dead bodies in the trees people casually sitting at the waters edge, a decayed arm floats to the top...
Great I like the light. Are you going to have some figures there?
Nice I like the dramatic landscape. Perhaps you can use the colour and value to separate the mountains in the background from the foreground.
Looking forward to see what you comes up with.
Coming good. I like the temple design. Looking forward to see you render out the temple and let it blend in to the landscape.
Beautiful scene. Gives a impression of a holy place. Perhaps brake up the symmetry a bit more.
I like the mood and the Nordic feeling. Perhaps work out the reflections in the water a bit more.
Why not have some more decorations on the temple
Great stuff so far, nice to see all these different approaches. This is my sketch, still alot to do obviously. Is this also the place where you post your final work or will there be a finalthread like with the Chow?
thanks for comments guys, this is were I am at right now, will have to change some more stuff but it´s too late now
@JanJager - great thumbnails, personally I like the third most as it has strong composition and awesome atmosphere, but the others could work well too
@Jaunay - JanJager made some good points, maybe you could try to add the tree behind the building and make it lighter and more bluish in order to create some sense of death, right now the tree has a bit too much focus imo, but very nice work so far
@Mitze - very nice mood, the building has a very nice silhouette against the brighter background, the sky looks great too, very excited about your progress
@Sean McClain - great start, maybe you could try to check your vanishing point on the building as it seems not to converge on your horizon
@emerging - very nice mood and lighting, the perspective on the building seems to be slightly off as some lines don´t converge on the same horizon
more sletches, will proberbly not have time to finish this round but trying to stretch the time to get it done.
Thanks for the cheers, guys. wich I could give advise or tips but sure feels like I´m the newbie around here
Last edited by Benza; January 25th, 2011 at 02:25 PM.
Reason: wrong image.
A wandering mind is more likely to find new places
Seeing as environments are far more time consuming than designing characters, industrial concepts and creatures, I'm thinking of making the due dates a week and a half to two weeks so everyone can manage to complete the activity on time.
What do you guys think? This activity will be due the 30th or the 31st.
More time on this one would be great! I think I like the idea of moving it up to two weeks as well. In the past I've started many EOWs and never finished because I ran out of time (I work full time and I'm a full time student).
Ok, this is a loose start but I have my shot set up now. the strong red light is coming from a stained glass window which is out of the shot, i will push the light intensity in the image later to help control the focal point.
will post another wip once i have defined the shapes better and solved some of the design.