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E.O.W. Round 154: Harbour of the Damned
Topic suggested by Veshkau:
Harbour of the Damned
Harbour of the Damned: Sea port base of an undead army.
Please vote for your personal favourite artwork from this round. Please remember that your vote should reflect an equal weight of aesthetic impact, adherance to the brief, and idea development.
Your votes will be public.
Please help strengthen the activity by leaving criticism for the artist you vote for, and for any other artworks you can manage!
'They wait... patiently, as only the dead can, wait for the next storm, the storm that will bring sustenance and swell their putrid ranks.'
Imagine an undead 'breakers yard' if you will; a watery mangled fortress of twisted metal and boiling furnaces.
A place of depravity born of desperation and starvation, where lost or derelict vessels come to their final terrible rest.
Populated by ghoulish aberrations that scavenge the ships for the rotting remains of lost sailors, murdering those unfortunate enough to survive drowning.
I looked to a more contemporary setting for the harbour, one with current military tech, but all mashed and rusted.
So I used refs of WWII pearl harbour, aircraft carriers, subs etc. and used a mix of oranges and purples for the contrasts between the ghostly sea and the sweltering hulks.
I really had great fun with this; my first EOW entry, and helped me get to grips with how the forum works.
Anyone want's to check out WIP's they're in my sketchbook.
Happy New year all!
Last edited by Vulgar`; January 5th, 2011 at 03:46 AM.
I voted for the following:
Snatti--that eerie, ghostly green is teasingly bright, but adds a rather dismal and frightening mood to the scene. The place looks so cold and heartless, and the water would have me aching for the ocean. It looks dangerous, and I like how creepy the horn-like structures appear in the distance.
Revenebo--Beautiful details, first off. I don't know if I'm seeing a VERY creepy vessel in the water, or the remains of some monster's corpse being USED as a vessel, but it scares me more than the harbour, itself! It looks like there really is nowhere else to go, and that alone is a scary thought! The colour scheme makes me think of a wasteland of sorts, so desolate. So I appreciate this piece very much for all those reasons.
Buka--I think I love the ghostly elements to the ships, as well as the feeling of a cold sunset. There is simplicity, but it's all so well detailed and it makes me feel gross, if I were actually there.
While I picked three, I loved seeing the different moods through all the pictures! Really makes me feel gloomy when I look at these harbours, and I think you all made great efforts! I think you all brought out a powerful, weighty emotion with your pieces. I'm so awestruck by the skills and courage to try these enviros out!!
Love the feel of your piece, the ghosts exiting the ship as though they were merely embarking at their destination, luggage et al. The mystery of where they're heading and the sheer number of ships hinting at those who have gone before. It's tough to represent distance in water, but I think you've done pretty well capturing the scale of the oil tanker for example.
What can I say other than beautiful, in it's subtlety and composition, I actually really liked the gulls from one of your earlier WIP's but thats just me.
Looking properly epic, loving the island setting, nice use of the whale skeleton to draw the eye.
Truly Sureal and Sculptural! Could do with a size reference, maybe some fish near the viewer.
Really nice composition altogether very ghostly.
Liking the techno-dead idea, I am now intrigued to see what the residents look like! Maybe needs a bit more contrast as far as distant and near objects maybe.
Liking the wierd geiger-alien-baby-ship thing.
Altogether some really nice entries.
thank you for featuring my piece in the voting, it's the first competition here for me, but I have to say I din't manage to end this image
Corrick - This looks very professional. The composition is pretty wonderful. Effective use of space and scale, and the foreboding atmosphere makes you feel like you're there.
Absorber - This had a unique stylization which I thought was uplifting for a concept like this. I didn't think of it before but now it came to me that this reminds me of a set of a high budget, epic-scale play, like if a team of artists and architects were to design a harbour of the damned for a broadway play, this is how it would pan out, with pale blue hues, sharp wooden hovercraft, the chill of the morning air and the dim light setting stage for a backdrop of great ice spikes. Enjoyed this different interpretation.
buka - I think this had potential to steal the show but you didn't spend enough time filling in the details and making it as haunted as it could've been. The sky, cliffs, ship wreckage, water and fog were still carving themselves out for the final cut. Still, the ship was very well done and this was clean cut overall. Thank you for entering.
tsujni - First off I like the choice of color, you definitely did the kiwi green/midnight black spectrum justice here. As a crit, the hanging chains were a little out of place/cliche in their usage here. Maybe hanging moss, decaying vines or other varieties of vegetation might've worked better than the traditional chain link concept. The tower is menacing looking but another crit would be that the spikes protruding from the mantle surface surrounding it could be more consistently placed, and what appeared to be a hive-like entity docking ship to the left, or battering ram of the damned (I'm guessing now) more strategically placed for a full view for instant eye candy opportunity. Another unique entry, thanks for entering!
Ogihara - Gallant effort for your first time in the EOW, Ogi. The walkway docks were solid, but the ocean beneath looks like sand without color or watery texture, and I can't tell if the gang of skeletons are ransacking the ship and setting it aflame or if they're just having a drunken party aboard the Black Pearl, and it's Jack Sparrow in night-form overlooking the chaos in disgust. Good job! There are great artists on CA for you to be around and learn from; you're in the right place methinks.
zy. - This was a decent effort zy, some crits would be that the environment could've benefited from a larger view. Bigger cliffside, taller towers, and a more grand view of what's taking place out there in the gloom. I thought that there was a warp-zone of water in a dome formation above a harbour of electrical rods in the sea, and a small crop of fishing vessels sailing horizontally across. Now I see that this is inside a cave, and the icy blue ceiling of water is the roof of the cave's mouth.
Trashy - Excellent, you've grown a lot as an artist, and even more as a practioner of environmental alchemy. I can almost hear the faint rumble of these dark leviathans bobbing in the shallows, the crooning of the spirits transferring from one hull to another. The cries from the last seagulls. The inevitability of the convergence.
JanJager - Well delivered. The fish, the positioning of the line of people and the light from the underwater fire really helped stimulate the basic concept of shipwreck victims who might not know they've drowned. A frightening sentiment, and eerily done - props. Thanks for the topic next week!
Benza - This image's transformation was pleasurable to watch, you had a bundle of good ideas and this was the one you decided to go forward with and execute. I could see a song by Gypsy Kings playing at this harbour. It looks something like a Moroccan pirate's cove, believable in scale but also adaptable for a sea harbour in a miniature glass globe. I liked the offering of Middleastern exotic here - the rest stop during an exodus through the middle passages of hell. Bring your black veils and barakas?
revenebo - Those are some cool poses on the trail towards the ship that appeared to be a haunted neanderthal submarine.. or a galleon maybe. Every aspect in this was crisp, well done.
snatti - Really liked this one man. I commented on the undead concept on this before and the fluidity of your strokes. The color choice made this organic and transparent. Reminds me of the spirits from the Final Fantasy movie with the alien race.
android411 - Good job droid, this had a cinematic quality to it, something I could imagine setting the tone for a graphic novel or a crime mystery. I don't think the man in the front along with the shadow was necessary, could've done without him.
Electricleash - First off I love this part of your briefing: "the ghostly sea and the sweltering hulks." Do you write stories? I also liked the putrid ranks line and the final terrible rest one. As for your entry, if this was in a movie it'd be a sight to see on the screen. Titanic vessels, the undead pouring in through the gaping holes in the hull, the ocean swaying terribly as the auburn flames reflect against it.
nilfheim - Liked the concept, the undead sailor had an intriguing look about him. I tried to post the smaller version of the image you gave but it seems it just turned back into a larger version. Sorry about that. Looking forward to seeing this finished if you were aiming to complete this one.
Angel Intheuk - Mm, this had the beginnings of something nice, cool pink color and dreary mood. The sharp fire spouting 'gate' structure to the harbour was an interesting touch. Are they meant to guard a flying vessel from entering, or just for show?
hyjaxe - Nice one again but still not finished! Finished, it could be excellent. You know this.
Last edited by Vulgar`; January 11th, 2011 at 10:56 AM.
Janjager - i voted for you because your design was the most interesting and told the most stories. i like how you capture the feeeling of an eerie/ undead atmosphere using green light. a spooky glow indeed. your attention to detail is good, particularly the sea vines growing over the wreckages. your composition works really well, you achieve a nice sense of depth with the fg chain and mg and bg. it must have taken you ages to paint this piece, great effort man!
corrick - i love your design, you are great at capturing a sense of depth and scale. you have used warm orange glowing light to add a sense of atmosphere to great effect. my crit for you, the ships in the middle are too small, it;s hard to tell they are wrecked at first glance, beautifully painted though. i wish i could paint as well as you. well done.
Absorber, interesting ship design, nice take on the topic, but the image flattens out somewhat between the foreground and background, there's a lot of negative space that could've been filled in with depth-defining detail. The color palette might be doing it too.
buka, this is a tight composition, everything is well defined and the mood is fantastic. I love the spectral mast and ropes filling in the missing parts of the ship, definitely takes a more fantastical approach to what otherwise could've been a grim topic.
tsujni, I love the color and textures in this one. Granted, I'm only guessing at what anything is but as always it's a visual treat.
Ogihara, this image needs further development, both in detail and your perspective. The ship has a cool design to it, and the smoky apparition at the bow is great but the rest of the image just isn't finished.
zy, nice atmosphere, I dig the ice cave approach. The details get a little fuzzy around the ships though, so adding a little more texture and image in that area could help.
Trashy, great color and textures, the atmosphere has a wonderfully creepy feel to it. This image has a very steam-punkish, Ghibli vibe that I'm liking a lot.
JanJager, this is a thoroughly unnerving piece, with the passengers looking perfectly normal other than the fact that they're dead, and walking into hell. Terrifying. Excellent color and composition and the underwater effect is rendered perfectly.
Benza, the colors in the image are working nicely but the image itself needs a little more detail in some areas, and the elements need to be unified under the same color palette. Also, if you're going to give so much space to the sky, it needs to be compelling enough to carry that much of the image. Otherwise crop it in and shift focus to the harbor itself.
revenebo, the surrealism here is exquisite, texturally as well as visually. The shapes are clearly defined and the color palette is working very well. I love this one.
snatti, despite it being difficult to break out the individual elements here, the environment as a whole is fairly well defined. The textures and depth are well done and the impressionist technique leaves it open for interpretation. Great use of color here too.
Android411, great composition and atmosphere, the color works well here and the detail is where it needs to be. The shadow on the foreground figure is the only thing that really stands out as unnecessary.
Electricleash, the firey atmosphere is nicely encapsulated by the ship hulls, provides a great setting for the story. With such a specific reference though you should pay more attention to scale, those ships are huge!
nilfheim, I'm really liking the closeup in this image, the tighter view is a welcome change from so many wide shots. Seriously though, decrease the image size so we can all see it.
Angelintheuk, nice overall design of the harbor, you've given this scene a good sense of scale. I would suggest pushing the detail a little more so we can see what's going on, but as far as establishing the mood you've done well.
hyjaxe, cool take on the topic, I'm a big fan of airships. The harbor has a good solid design and the glow from the outside light helps establish the "reality" of this place nicely. Love it, would want this to be a level in a video game.
Thanks for the comments and critiques all, this was a great round!
New World Creation: Designers Wanted – Environment of the Week
Some great entries in here! Well done to all the participants - cool stuff.
I voted for Corrick, I thought this one had a great sense of depth and nice atmospheric lighting, very cinematic. I also really liked absorper's, very cool and interesting composition, could benefit from more depth though, looks a little flat to me.
Corrick maintained a good sense of dread and atmosphere, the fact we are so far away from the location makes the harbor more mysterious.
Voted corrick, i think he managed to pull off an great image fittig the theme and gave me the feeling i really want to stay away from this harbour, great jobb