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    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    Round 156:
    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.

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    very inspiring, hopefully ill get something cool outa this

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    I gotta give this a try, since living in sweden and all.
    May take a field trip to some similar location around my parts..
    Now of to bed and think..

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    Awesome topic, I read about it a while back and it seems cool.

    This will be my first E.O.W!

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    great topic, here is my try, want to go with a nordic kind of architecture, but does not look like a temple right now, will try to fix that

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    Red face EOW 156 - Temple at Uppsala

    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...

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    Nice pics.

    i am just doodleing while watching tv and i don't really know where this is going. But having fun.

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    Damn, I hate knowing somewhat how the country around uppsala looks Think I´ll drop the realism and go with a totaly fantasy scen.. maby the gods where there.. ??
    maby better get some sleep insted.

    great work so far..

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    looking good guys! here is my wip, very quick and still a looong way to go

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    emerging
    Great I like the light. Are you going to have some figures there?
    Sean McClain
    Nice I like the dramatic landscape. Perhaps you can use the colour and value to separate the mountains in the background from the foreground.
    Benza
    Looking forward to see what you comes up with.
    Mitze
    Coming good. I like the temple design. Looking forward to see you render out the temple and let it blend in to the landscape.
    Jaunay
    Beautiful scene. Gives a impression of a holy place. Perhaps brake up the symmetry a bit more.
    android411
    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

    Some inspiration links.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midvinterblot
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borgund_Stave_Church

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    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?
    Gr Thom

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    ThomD - You can post your finals in here.

    Nice work everyone this is coming along!!

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    That could be interesting for someone.
    Midvinterblot by Carl Larsson

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    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

    @ThomD - good start, maybe a bit early to crit

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    Here is the kinda finished version i think. Bit bored of it now.

    Jaunay. Nice pic. A bit more contrast in the foreground might work.

    Sean McClain. Nice. Looking forward to the finished version.

    emerging. Loving the warm colours.

    JanJager . Love all the tumbs, Number 3 on the top or 3 on the bottom would be my choice.

    ThomD Great start.

    android411. Very nice. Like the fires ligtening up the temple.

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    Thanks android411 . Took your advice and bumped the contrast. Maybe too much now.

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    Final version. The small little hut bothered me i think this makes more sense.

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    @Mitze - very nice, maybe work on the overall contrast a bit, I like the idea with the dragon

    so here is an update, maybe I´ll manage to go over it the next days

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    Another sketch, dont know which one I will finish...maybe both.

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    Finally got around to getting some sketches done this evening.

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    Benza: very nice sketches! Especially the one on the upper left.

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    This is what I've done so far, hopefully I have time to finish it.

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    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

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    found this very inspiring eow topic a bit too late so i've only some very rough thumbs to show, but i'll join the next one for sure!

    great posts so far!

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    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.

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    two weeks sounds great for me, especially this eow because i started too late

    my progress so far: (the tree is still too big...)

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    gunna try and attempt this one.... and finish it hopefully. I think I will go with an interior shot just to keep it different and also something with a much more epic scale.

    good work so far everyone!

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    Seeing all the great designs here, I feel a little hestitant to post mine ^^;

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    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).

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    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.

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    Hey wait a sec... I live there! Better get crackin' on this one; would feel bad if I didn't.

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    i found some time to work on my entry today and tried to put the tree in the fg:

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