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    Teen Challenge 216: Tower of Babel

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    4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower,
    whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name,
    lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
    5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower,
    which the children of men builded.
    6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one,
    and they have all one language; and this they begin to do:
    and now nothing will be restrained from them,
    which they have imagined to do.
    7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,
    that they may not understand one another's speech.
    8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the
    face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
    9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel;
    because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth:
    and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
    Genesis 11:4-9


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    The tower of Babel is a story told in Genesis. It basically tries to explain the confusion of tongues around the world. The story is about a united humanity who want to build a tower that would reach unto heaven. God prevents this by confusing the language of the people. As a result they stop building the tower and scatter around the earth. The task is to make an illustration of the tower of Babel.

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    Wednesday 16th of July at midnight(gmt).

    Don't forget to crit each other and help each other out. I accept both traditional and digital work, but make sure that scans and photos of traditional work are crisp and clean.

    Good luck!

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    Also, don't forget to vote on the last teen challenge, which you can do here.

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    Hey Ictis, nice start! I really like the shape of those clouds and the design seems to be okay as well. I would make sure to get some things right:
    -the perspective in the tower is too strong, you're still looking down on the ground plane so the bottom part should be vertical. Maybe experiment with some of that wide camera perspective that bends the lines?
    - the hills and mountains seem really big; if you make them smaller they will take up less space and emphasize the size of the tower.
    -make sure the elements on the building are straight, the window seems kinda wobbly and those side thingies too. Dont be afraid to use some construction lines!
    -The foreground is pretty empty, maybe put some guys there or equipment or a tree? I dunno, but all of those things would help sell the depth.

    Good luck!

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    Nice start There Ictis, interested to see where it goes, so far Iv'e just goty a few really rough thumbnails done.. kinda edging towards the first one at the minute, You guys still probably cant tell what any of it actually is haha

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    That first pencil one was just to kinda get the idea across. Still not finished with this linework though, just wanted to put up another WIP. I agree that I need something in the foreground but I'm not sure what?

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    just a rough sketch

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    Ictis97, Really nice design, you must have drawn these clouds from reference right? They are amazing, really atmospheric. I think you should add a bit of variety to the sides of the tower and not make then completely straight like they are now, doing this might also make it easier and better looking if you made the balcony's completely horizontal, and not in a 90 degree angle on the tower. I think for the foreground u could make the road leading up to the tower for instance, or someone walking up to it.

    JoshuaLyness: I think I like the first thumbnail alot, if that is indeed a ruined wall from which behind the viewer is watching the tower. But now that I am watching it again I'm not sure, maybe those are going to be clouds. I'd really like the idea of watching a bit of a mysterious tower from behind this wall of a ruined building. I might do this if it isn't what u intended to do Not to much to tell about the other thumbnails because they are simply in a very very early stage as you said yourself. The second one is a bit to zoomed in though I feel.

    Madnine: Like the Design but it needs alot more variety, it's still a rough sketch so you might know that yourself, but it does feel really stiff and boring right now. A bit to much like the Tower of Pisa, but if you add variety which you may have already done I think it will look really really good. And make the third point perspective you are using a bit less drastic, so less vertical lines and more horizontal.

    Hope this is somewhat useful to you guys and good luck!

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    Hey everybody, I have been quite busy unfortunately and will be so for the next few days so I am going to extend the deadline from Wednesday to Sunday (20th of July). So six days to go!

    Nice start everybody and Dennis and clockwork, thanks for the comments!

    Gr, Daniel

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    That looks really cool, can you try to lower the resolution of the image because right now we have to scroll up and down to see the whole thing which is quite annoying

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    Sorry, my scanner decides to make everything huge. Here's a smaller resolution upload.

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    Did this just kinda die?

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    Yeah idk, it ended a week ago.

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    That's unfortunate I suppose.

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    Indeed.

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    D. Labruyere is very slacky (or non-communicative), has been for a lot of the time he was mod here. :/

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    That sucks, I was looking forward to a new challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadNine View Post
    That sucks, I was looking forward to a new challenge.

    Me too! I have started a new one. I also made a suggestion to move to facebook, in case you're interested. I'll run this for a while.

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    Great idea. Although I won't be able to participate this week, I won't have internet.

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