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A piece from A Guide to Katapesh. This city sits at the foot of a high mountain pass. One of my favourite pieces I've painted in recent times.

Artrage, Painter, Photoshop.
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Sedeslav Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Beautiful work!
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Brilliant!
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Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
cool
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Writer
wow.....
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Nomadka2011 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
reminds me of ancient cities in the Middle East
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just makes my mind wander back to Conan, aye it's positive
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Varezart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Nice!!
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cinemajack Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Nice! Katapesh too, VERY nice! =D
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Wallasaurus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is lovely.

I must dig into artrage. it bothers me though!
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
s'pretty
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samaelsevanhadar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   Artisan Crafter
And again this realistic touch... :>
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Great Cityscape!
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agdahl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
I like it! It feels a bit Hindu Kush, I can picture Pashtun coming in with camels to trade with the isolated populace! This one goes straight to my favs!
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sylverwolffe Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Do you use references when painting detailed landscape shots like this one, or is it pure imagination? :)
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This one particular one is pretty much pure imagination, but I will look at a variety of inspiration when I set out on a project, just to either refresh my mind on the specifics of (for example) Afghan walled towns, or Tuscan mountain villages. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere where I can see some fairly rugged scenery out of the window and that's a big help!
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Son-of-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Cool.
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GAVade Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   Digital Artist
Very good, digging the marks and textures in this.......

I'm curious what parts did you do in Artrage?
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! A great deal of this one is Artrage. All the impasto marks on the buildings and the mountains is AR, the foreground too. I did some finer work in Painter, then finer still in PS, and tweaked my levels and added some gradients where needed in PS. I'd say its about 85% AR though.
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GAVade Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   Digital Artist
Nice, thanks for sharing that :)
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful scene. I would love to see a step by step tutorial of your workflow, combining the three art packages you used here. Loving Ninja Mountain BTW.
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whimsi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
This is awesome. I love the feeling of this painting... although, I must admit, I immediately thought of Conan the Barbarian, riding into the city with the horse thief. XD Good ol' Conan.
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'll consider this a job well done! Thanks!
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sedART Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Wonderful!
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. Reminds me of a documentary I've seen recently about Alexander the Great's campaign through Afghanistan - similar mountains and architecture.
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Jan!
I'm glad you're getting that Afghan vibe - that's the kind of thing that sprang to mind when I read the brief. The Hindu Kush, The Man Who Would Be King and so on. A place ripe for adventure!
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"The Man Who Would Be King"
That was a great film! I saw it once as a kid and all I remember is that it was very good and sad.
I must try to get it on DVD or something, thanks for the tip! :)
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Its my favourite film EVAR! Well worth tracking down. They just don't make them like they used to. Sean Connery and Micheal Caine in full effect.
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