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    IOW #6 - Futuristic Botanical Garden

    IOW #6 - Futuristic Botanical Garden

    Illustration of the Week #6: Futuristic Botanical Garden


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    This week you must design a botanical garden from the future. Here are your requirements:
    -Must include both recognizable existing plants and alien plants from other planets
    -At least one human and one non-human must be tending to the gardens
    -Don't forget to include signs in amongst the plants which identify the species and maybe say a bit about them (the text on the sign does not need to be readable, but the signs must be there)






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    The deadline is Sunday 9th of October, 23:59 GMT
    This is a full illustration that will require lots of research, so you have a full two weeks to complete it. Have fun and get really creative!



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    interesting, sci-fi v's natural history. could be some really interesting images here. Does the human figure also have to be tending to the garden, or could the human be some kind of paying visitor to the the garden?
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    NakedZergling: Thanks for that. I fixed it to say the 9th

    Grenogs: I would like the human to be tending it with the nonhuman. You can add visitors if you want, but they need to be in addition to the gardeners.
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    This sounds like a really interesting topic. I am gonna explore the idea of space hydroponics and relaxation / tranquility whilst in space. Artificial ecosystems on space stations / colonies and long distance space flights appear throughout sci-fi, so this IOW gives a great opportunity to do some concept art for a similar theme. Hopefully I can produce something worthy of such a great topic! Thanks.
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    Thanks for the links Blitz - Some cool stuff on those sites. I had a couple of things spring to mind - Anyone remember that sort of garden Ripley is sitting in front of near the start of Aliens? The camera moves around and half of it is just a massive screen simulating a garden. Always thought that was a cool idea.

    Also if anyone remembers the gardens part on Bioshock? Not really futuristic but it was awesome visually. Seems half my inspiration for anything comes from Bioshock, lol

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    Some loony sketching

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    Gadbury - wow, you don't waste any time lol! 2 weeks remember! I like the concept though, colours and composition are great. I think the ceiling is too dominant (I know its just an early sketch) but maybe you could take advantage of zero gravity and flip things around a bit?

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    Dayle - Lol, yeah I need to do more research - I usually just collect a load of images and plough on with the first sketch no matter what it looks like... Thanks for the suggestion, I might try having the planet outside come down across the roof outside almost vertically sorta thing

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    Came across this picture.

    Some plant at the Honolulu Botanical gardens.

    Just thought it was really cool looking.

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    This one sounds fun. I think I'm gonna make some time for this.


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    Just trying to think outside the box here- not sure if I'll use any of these ideas but just brainstorming and want to check if these ideas are feasible before I spend too much time on them:
    Does the non-human have to be helping to tend the plants? Could it be more of an exhibit in the garden? Like sort of an alien landscape sanctuary with flora and fauna from different worlds? The botanist is a sort of collector or preserver of alien worlds?

    Could the plants be half sentient- like evolved Venus fly traps? The botanist is a sort of an experimentor on the plants?

    Could it be a more underwater or other-than-air garden?

    Just spitballin out ideas here. Trying to find the story to make it more of an illustration than an environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kafka Dreams View Post
    Just trying to think outside the box here- not sure if I'll use any of these ideas but just brainstorming and want to check if these ideas are feasible before I spend too much time on them:
    Does the non-human have to be helping to tend the plants? Could it be more of an exhibit in the garden? Like sort of an alien landscape sanctuary with flora and fauna from different worlds? The botanist is a sort of collector or preserver of alien worlds?

    Could the plants be half sentient- like evolved Venus fly traps? The botanist is a sort of an experimentor on the plants?

    Could it be a more underwater or other-than-air garden?

    Just spitballin out ideas here. Trying to find the story to make it more of an illustration than an environment.
    The human has to be tending the garden, yes. And sentient plants are fine as well as underwater plants.
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