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Canopy Village by Scorpion451 Canopy Village by Scorpion451
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My entry for :iconconceptworld:'s latest concept contest! (been ages since I got to say that! ^_^ ) This round is an environment round, and the theme is "tribal shacks".

This one was interesting, because I don't do too much in the way of tribal stuff, unless you count postapocalyptic raiders as tribal, and I wanted to try something out on a limb for a change. So naturally when taking the opportunity to branch out, I made a tribe that lives, know.

The people of the Nai'leth tribe are inhabitants of the largest rainforest in the world of Lea'tio, known as the Sea of Leaves. They are, in fact, the only truely permanant residents of the forest counted among the sentient races. This is not surprising, as the Sea of Leaves is well known for its staggering array of lethal predators and equally dangerous herbivores. From the lumbering feet of the Ten-Horned Ghunth, to the swooping talons of the Forest Roc, to the disturbingly efficient coordinated strike of a Singing Rat swarm, there are countless ways for the unwary to meet their end in the Sea of Leaves. The Nai'leth have learned to understand and embrace this land, however, and have become famed as peerless hunters, survivalists, and masters of the healing and biological arts. One of the most interesting aspects of their culture is their practice of constructing their villiages in the canopy of the forest, safely and comfortably suspended far out of the reach of the vast majority of the dangers of the forest- and the promenantly placed roc skull totems serve as ample deterent to the rest.
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ISawEverything Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted for this.
Almonihah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Good to see something from you again!

It's definitely a lot of fun to look at--there are enough little details to catch that I find something new if I look at it again. And I definitely do get that possible fun game location feel from it, too.
Sketch-Concepts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work man! Looks great!
GDSWorld Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome entry Joshua, I love it.
Love the depth and the scale, also love the way in which you've captured the mood of the shacks. 
Keep it up and good luck with your entry! 

PS: Sorry been away for a while, still helping my family with their business but 
Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Artist
Thanks! Playing with a lot of that James Gurney stuff in this one-
That book really was the missing puzzle piece in the delving into color theory I've been doing lately. =D
Odd finding out that a lot of people are scared of using green when its one of my go-to colors. :O_o:

Quite alright on the being away, I know how it goes, I'm just glad I'm getting caught up on my commissions enough that I can do these again. (Wait'll you see the one that I wrapped up today, its been my major project for the past couple months, I'll be posting it as soon as it gets a thumbs up from the guys who commissioned it. It has it all: battle mechs, steampunk outfits, a fancy tea set, cookies... )
GDSWorld Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey Scorpion, sorry for the late response. Great to hear that the book is helping you out. 
To be honest things you shared with us (especially the 'Sunscreen song') really helped me out. 

Sounds good to see you taking on commission and I'm really digging your latest entry. I'll comment on it 
as soon as I make some time. Great to see you keeping up with the contest and do keep it up, you really 
inspired my entry for this round. :highfive: 
DTKinetic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very nice to see a new submission from you =)

I like the way you tackled the given theme, definitely reminds me of 3D Adventure or platform games I played in my childhood, where you'd have entire levels that take place high up in the canopies of trees (like Donkey Kong). Plus I like the circular motion of the branch weaving across the middle of the pic, like a staircase, and the little cottages are well arranged :nod:
Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Artist
Been a while, hasn't it? :)
Definately pulled a lot of inspiration from the gaming realm on this one, I love it when you can explore maze-like villages like this one in games, lots of places to hide cool stuff in a compact space- Delightfully frustrating when games like Legend of Zelda put a powerup where you can see it as soon as you walk into town but you have to clamber over half the place and solve ten puzzles to actually get to it. ^_^
Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Artist
And on a side note, fun fact: the ropes on that branch are a scaled up version of how you train a bonzai tree's branch to grow in a certain direction. ^_^
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