O' Ghost

Just a wondering soul...

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No escaping progress

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Before I begin my apologies for the terrible lighting, I don't have a scanner and I'm using a table lamp!

 

My world exists in an alternate reality where Alchemists exist much the same way that scientists do in ours. These alchemists create but with a price. There's a balance between wonder and horror things for convenience, luxury, health, even weaponry. Humans themselves don't possess magic as such but can harvest the qualities from creatures that do. It's a culture that dominates nature. 

 

Being a dangerous profession I envisioned a mobile sea fort that could move for several reasons. To move where needed to harvest or other favourable requirements. Secondly such knowledge equals power and there would be persons with a vested interest in keeping such things secret much as big businesses do and not being easily located or able to leave easily would help. 

 

I was inspired more by nature and shells specifically. This culture is heavily influenced by nature and shells are perfectly evolved pieces of mini architecture which I find fascinating. For the shell itself I was influenced by the colour of sea glass which are pretty shades or greed jade and honey. 

 

I created too many pages of sketching and note making to include in the project here but they key words I had in mind where: Fantasy, balance, Progress, beauty, hidden dark currents. I'm not very good at digital art at all! So Ive worked traditionally. Here's a pencil sketch before painting. 

 

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The image is split top half of the tower is buzzing with colour and magic, products of the hundreds of alchemists busying away! But the bottom hidden half also shows a reality, a truth. The sheer size of the shell-ship should indicate how technology advanced this civiliansation is. The harpooned creature indicating a fantasy element.  I also grey scaled the final piece: 

 

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Stylistically I wanted to keep the image a bit toony but I don't think it's worked. I feel it's still ended up with too much detail and I don't like the colouring of the top half of the image I don't think the two halves merged well as a whole image :( but I don't have the time to redo the image and will have to redo it again when I have more time. I prefer the image in greyscale to be honest but the flat colouring of the top half makes my eyes rain T_T

 

Overall this project gave my brain a workout, it's difficult trying to come up with a world that's original or believable but I had fun. Thank you for such a detailed and instructive class Ira!

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