BRIEF: Port Royal is the most important supply post on the planet. It is fiercely defended and often attacked. This day the attack is an aerial one. You will notice that I have not defined what era, age or genre. Feel free to mix and match - aerial forces could be any number of things....dream big.
DUE August 30 2010
Last edited by Vulgar`; August 7th, 2011 at 06:20 PM.
BRIEF: The many races of the universe meet to discuss treaties and various matters of intergalactic importance. This is the Hall of Communication where this takes place... caveat... it must NOT look like the one in Corusant in the Starwars Epic.
BRIEF: A gathering in secret... a commune of evil monks. A place of worship with high priests, maybe where sacrificial offerings occur. A knighthood, perhaps, could be set in the early 1600's or in the future, kind of like a digital version of witch folklore. Think of the dark creatures from 300 in the skies, the Sith lords in cloaks at a sky dock in the rain. It can be gothic, olden, ancient, Pagan, or if you want to be clever you can draw the Bush Administration. (I kid, I kid)
BRIEF: In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Are the pilgrims arriving at a holy place, a lost kingdom, a valley of peace, a city in ruin?
REQUIRED: You must include a description or back-story.
DUE December 3, 2010
Object G2-494 soon became a sacred place of pilgrimage for the Namibian and other African tribes.
When scientists finally found it, they asked the locals about what happened there; most witch doctors said "the Gods had been given proper burial".
Special teams are still trying to find the extraterrestrial bodies.
Experts speculate about the causes of the crash and the intentions of the so-called Gods.
All they know is they were transporting water. Vast amounts of water.
BRIEF: Every ship has a captain - directing with unquestioned authority. One place provides them refuge from this dire role: their personal quarters.
You can tell a lot about someone by the way they decorate their bedroom. Do they collect art, records? Grow houseplants? What is the lighting like? Whether you depict a Sci-Fi battle-cruiser or a historical galleon, try to envision the human side of your stoic Captain, and decorate accordingly.
BRIEF: Christopher Columbus never set foot on America. It was never discovered! 350 years pass from the year it should have been discovered. It is the year 1842, and a new voyage is finally successful... but what does this new world reveal?
Illustrate a fictional take of the New World at it's moment of discovery. Mayans, Native Americans, Aztecs and Incas were prolific cultures in science, astronomy, math, etc. Envison what their world could have evolved into. Vast architecture/cities, wild inventions, complex society, ancient alien visitation? Be bold and go wild since there's no need to be historically accurate in your representation!
This can be any part of America, not just North America alone. Also keep in mind that it doesnt need to be a coastal setting - they can be arriving into the heart of the continent. Backround stories are optional this week, but a captain or explorer's diary would provide an interesting outlook on your envisionment.
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.
This round is presented by Lord and Caretaker of the DSG, William B. Hand!
The idea here is that this sweeping, rolling landscape is formed not of rock and dirt, but of some ginormous ancient tree-like lifeform whose growth has been horizontally oriented, and has covered the original landscape like a skin. We might see vertical extensions of some sort off in the hazy distance, and maybe some nubby knots that rise above the surface, but dominating our attention are these lovely ponds created by these scattered irregularities. The general mood should be magical and lyrical.
Of course, there might be some little fishes or bugs flitting in and around our semi-permanent pools, and maybe the small figure of an explorer or two just to suggest the scale.
This is an open topic. It could be strategic, mystical, scientific, or whatever else you wish to imagine, similarly it could be ancient, steampunk, alien, futuristic, etc. Let your design and rendering tell the story.
This should be done in any time/setting period except Ancient Greece. You don't have to use actual rocks, but something that represents them. Same with the ship/dove. But you should represent all those elements. Think of the elements of this concept: the rocks, a dove, and the Argonaut's ship as symbolic items. If you choose, you can create your own reinterpretation of 'The Symplegades' but this week's contest is also subject to your own creative version. Any questions, post them!
"The Symplegades, or Clashing Rocks, also known as the Cyanean Rocks, were, according to Greek mythology, a pair of rocks at the Bosphorus that clashed together randomly. They were defeated by Jason and the Argonauts, who would have been lost and killed by the rocks except for Phineas' advice. Jason let a dove fly between the rocks; it lost only its tail feathers. The Argonauts rowed mightily to get through and lost only part of the stern ornament. After that, the Symplegades stopped moving permanently."
I figure it might be cool to illustrate the settings for this opus written by Edvard Grieg. Now...you can go ahead and stay true to the Peer Gynt vision with it's ogres and the lopping off of fingers if you'd like, or you can go ahead and let inspiration guide your interpretation. What's important is to capture the mood of the music and to represent the title faithfully: a Mountain King's Hall (for that matter, what IS a mountain king?)
All credit due to the composer:
Peer Gynt, Op. 46
In the Hall of the Mountain King
The hive mind. Cooperation. Existence as a singular unit. Seamless collaborative measures for the survival of the colony. Whoever designed our universe was a curiously efficient architect when it came to strange science and the natural instincts of creatures - forming bridges, for one, is a sight to see and an extraordinary “concept" if you will.
COW REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES:
Your challenge this week is to design a bridge forming creature that’s able to work together with it’s many relatives to overcome obstacles, a task no single creature of this select species could accomplish by itself. Think about reasons why the creature would need to build these gestalt bridges. Focus on the anatomy of the creature. Your creature should clearly portray a member of this species, rather than illustrate its bridge-building technique, which is what the Environment section of this challenge is for. However, the environment you have in mind will drastically affect the design of your creature, and how it has evolved to become a competent bridge builder.
EOW REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES:
Your challenge this week to design an environment depicting how this collective effort of bridge construction goes down. There’s a slight dilemma with the crossover aspect of the theme because technically your environment should show the creatures building the bridge. No creatures, no bridge, right? There’s also an additional option in this case: You may collaborate with an artist from the COW contest and use their creatures in your environment.
You’re NOT required to participate in both activities but you’re encouraged to if you’d like to design your creature and the environment it lives in as well.
You’re NOT required to participate in both activities but you’re encouraged to if you’d like to design your creature and the environment it lives in as well.
My creatures are small bugs that build bridges across rivers and creeks in order to transport their queen to new feeding grounds.
To build the bridge they gather all sorts of stuff from the forest: bark, branches, other insects, small logs, and they use sticky slime from glands on their backs to piece these things together. This slim glows bright orange when it hardens.
"I remember a story, a story an old man told me on his deathbed. He spoke of a fortress hidden in the clouds, a glorious winged structure which traveled above the ground. The dawn revealed it; the sunset hid it away."
Deep, dark and foreboding or warm, fluffy and cozy? Either way, beware. Trolls dwell here...
Once a thriving place of joy and happiness and a kingdom from which most happy tales originates. For years the happiness of people and King's men that ruled was able to keep the evil away. At last the King was overthrown and the place that used to be a place of welcome has since been a home of trolls. Now only the most brave of humans dare to get close to the area, and things that were are now left in ruins. One tale says that in the top of the highest tower lies a secret kept there by the most evil trolls. A secret kept there because of its importance to them and their survival. Because of this supposedly important item, a competition with great awards are kept yearly for brave men and women, where the goal is go and retrieve the item. So far there hasn't been a single one to come back once the gates of the castle has been opened...
A place where dragons are born... with an elemental twist. Choose your element from the four listed above!
Jacobi Hawkeye, treasure hunter extraordinaire, lowered himself into the dragons' nesting caverns. The sight that greeted his eyes was more majestic than even an experienced adventurer such as himself had been prepared for. Yawning fissures emitted strange turquoise light, suffusing the vast space with an eerie, misty glow. Globular columns of rock, shaped by the dragons' own strange powers, rose like solidified smoke from the cave's floor to the ceiling. The columns were honeycombed with irregular nesting cavities, many of which flickered and glinted from the incubation fires within. Several dragons were visible, emerging from their dens and gliding ponderously from column to column. Even those earth dragons, largest and heaviest of the great drakes, were dwarfed by their vast, cavernous hatchery.
A mysterious plague has caused a mass death of most of the Earth's plant life. The eco-friendly green movement isn't doing much to help the shortage of lumber throughout the world. Just one last tree remains.
What species? A mighty sequoia, a gnarled olive tree or something more ordinary? A shrine/temple/museum/stasis field/memorial park has been built, including the glasshouse that houses the tree. This tree is contained in a "protective" glasshouse for a dauntingly bleak, but necessary purpose - to remain for eternity as a beacon of hope, a testament to a legacy of our civilization coexisting in harmony with nature. Survival.
I've noticed people usually tend to avoid depicting interiors so I'd like them to use this topic as an exercise to challege them on an interior with all the organic details, lights, reflections, textures, etc. it implies. Interior view preferred/mandatory.
"Oh I remember it being packed in there, everyone wanted to get a look. Not like they hadn't seen one before, but this one became kinda special, you know? Even with the las-nets and restrictors people would try to get closer... but no one much goes anymore. Of course everyone supports it, with the tax and everything and fundraisers for repairing the holo-glass and token gentech research. Mostly though it's just the old dome everyone passes downtown... We're proud of it though... I mean, who gets to honestly say they have the last tree on the planet... sad, but... who can say that?"
Runner-ups: Saruman sLp & ismo
This is a museum, where memories of lost things live. Glasshouse of memories, yeah.
Design a Shanghai of the future. It doesn't get any better than this...
From 2050 to 2112, unemployment went up by 70% and the average citizens were forced to move to the outskirts of shanghai. In time, the beautiful city of Shanghai started to slowly turn into another slum in the world...
Through the century, rapid development and advancement in engineering spawned seemingly endless amount of super towers. Concerned about the quality of life from a very vocal public, the Government designated specific land plots to preserve the natural parks that near the Huangpu River. In response, powerful real estate moguls crowded all their skyscrapers into the same tiny spaces. The result? A plethora of 500th+ floor towers that meld and blend into each other.
This week is a special crossover round with the Industrial Design of the Week activity, co-hosted by Pixie Trick. The EOW topic is Secret Society Headquarters while the IDW topic is to design the Secret Society's relics and any other accessories you wish to provide in addition to those items. What the society is all about is up to you, but be sure to prepare a back story to support your work.
No existing secret societies please! I'm saying this with regret because it'd be really cool to see all of your interpretations of an Illuminati monument But I digress, it's not meant to be this week. Creativity and your own imagination both come into play here and it should make for a memorable institution..
To get the most out of this topic it is best to participate in both parts though it isn't mandatory.
Story: In 2015 the world stood for the first time under one banner,one nation it was not long before dictatorship corrupted the new founded worldnation and in 2019, the world was controlled by a handful of people who managed to to bride their way to power, but a secret society resistance was formed in ready to fight for the sake of the human rights and freedom,and they are spreading thro out the world ,still they are in small numbers and they keep growing stronger by each day.
“We invite you to begin your Vietnam sightseeing with Ho Chi Minh Grand Hotel, the tallest building in the world. The Grand Hotel skyscraper is a world-class destination and a testament to how far gravity technology has come. The world's tallest building is completely airborne!”
This week’s topic is somewhat of a continuation of the topic Shanghai in 2112 in the sense that it’s another Asian science fiction setting.
Equipped with a pool, parking lot, and a nice view to boot...the hotel should be located in the sky, with any kind of hanging structure or anti gravity technology, and you are to design a scene at sunset or dawn for a more dramatic feel. Imagine that this picture will define the hotel for an advertising campaign or something that’d appear on an attraction brochure.
The temple of Horned Ones yet remains a mystery why it is in ruins, what was once a strong society hidden in the mountains that worshiped dragonlike creatures were suddenly wiped out overnight. Rumors tell of a ritual that went wrong and ended up being the reason for the sudden disappearance of it's people.
Exerpt from The Avalon Files, ////TOP SECRET//// Archive:
"When the most secret division of the Navy took command of the first submersible flotilla commissioned in decades, it was rumored that it would be a powerful instrument of the submarine arm. What was to come of this new and mysterious asset to the Naval Fleet was unknown...but what was known was that it would change submarine warfare forever."
I decided to make a base attached to a side of iceberg, which is also capable of small movement control, due to huge turbine (propeller). Technique-wise is painted on top of basic 3d mesh (so much easier in such complex geometry). I implemented also a few textures.
Fear is a formidable enemy. Always faster and stronger. However, he is not bound to win. Our mind's maze is our own hunting ground.
"Far inside the mystic rainforest, lays a valley that once was the orchard of proud giants. These ambitious entities cultivated a garden whose paths were drawn with prodigious complexity, so as to keep all scents trapped in forever. This prowess eventually made the gods jealous: with vengeful magic, they cut down every tree, tied the ambitious giants to the dead logs, and let wild vegetation regain the valley and turn the blasphemous grove into an emerald maze. According to legend, the maze was so perfectly drawn that it's scent still haunts the abandonned garden thousands of years later, alleviating the souls of the giants in their eternal punishment."
A place where merchants sell robots/warfare mechas in a coastal bazaar setting.. so your getting Caribbean or Middleastern sci fi. Maybe Mediterranean. Maybe
Mesopotamian. Whether it's tropical and sunny or post apocalyptic with a dark, moody atmosphere is completely up to you as the world creator.
That one was tough! It was the first time I was drawing mechas and an almost naked guy under umbrella I went for showing more interior scenery, and trying to suggest nearby sea, rather than painting it directly. So the action takes place in post-industrial building which is the perfect place to get into the mood of selling second hand mechas. Intergallactical characters strolling around, merchants argueing - selling tension that reminds me of such bazaars I've been to myself.
In ancient times, an alliance of sultans and kings set out to create a new competitive sport pitting magic carpet fliers against each other in an all out race of epic proportions. The rules varied depending on the hosting country or region, as the terrain all over the world was wildly different and sometimes very treacherous. Before being abolished as a sport by Badr the Dreadful because he was allergic to carpet fabric, the Magic Carpet Racing World Cup had reached it’s zenith and was truly a fantastic sight to behold during that time period.