Delta City

Not so much time to participate for a challenge, but regarding the theme, I can’t pass.

So here is a quick concept for the 14th Digital Painting School - post apocalytic challenge.

Prompt was to define the major vista from the Water Keepers, a faction in charge of the rarest ressource on earth in this slight distant future. Their main city has been built on the last clean delta on earth, I assume it’s the Nile don’t know why.

Here is a bit of lore:
Water Keepers lives in various places, close to natural wells, at the top of hydraulics dams, but the most iconic one is The Delta. This stilt city has been erected on the last viable delta on earth. The Nile, which protects and feds people for milleniums.
Even if the Nile Delta itself is a massive clean water provider, Water Keepers are always creative when it come to protect the most valuable ressource on Earth. The iconics massive stilt structures on The Delta aren’t houses but huge water tanks. Shaped like water drops, the top part is a kind of funnel, leading the rain to the low part to be stored.

Only 4 hours to make it in the last two days, quite a rush, and quite happy of the colorful mood as I’m pretty bored of classic post-apo visuals.

Base architecture sculpt has been made in Gravity Sketch.
Base layout in Blender
Postwork into Photoshop

Final Image:


Base Blender Eevee Render:

Gravity Sketch base sculpt:


love this!!

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Thanks a lot :wink:

This is awesome! The extra bit of lore really adds something to it.

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Lot of thanks to you, tried to add a bit of lore to each illustration recently. It’s somthing I really missed to do on previous stuff.

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That’s a really good idea! It really helps build a “world sense” for me. By that I mean the feeling that this is only a glimpse into a much larger world.

I also love the functional design of the buildings. The form, the materials, and the environment all match the intent, and give so much significance to each component. I can see how well planned this was!

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I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!

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Many thanks Bart.
Wish you an awesome week end too.

You’re on the #featured row! :+1:

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Looks like the color is skewing (or hue-shifting) because of Filmic.

My hacky attempt to reform the Eevee base image with AgX:

Comparison with your original:

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I’m starting the happy dance right now :wink:
Have a great day.

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You probably right.

I didn’t check what the layout looks like in standard mode, but with the massive overpaint and photobash on it, it’s finally not so noticeable at the end.

I always forget that the filmic mode isn’t accurate. But I assume as well I enjoyed the shifting without knowing it :wink:

Re Final Image:
The skyline looks amazing.

The water wells’ are quite interesting, they look like giant medieval wine goblets/cups…upside down :upside_down_face:

The water, being the main theme, looks really good.
A little confused about the direction of the ‘waves’, passing the boat and from bottom center of image?

Nice image in general, many interesting aspects to catch the eye :100:

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I think you got it wrong :sweat_smile:

The “standard” view transform is actually way worse than Filmic. For better results you really need to use AgX or TCAMv2 etc.

As mentioned my above re-formed image was with AgX.

For your reference:

Your orange in your image is crushed into yellow, just like the Filmic sweep in my above screenshot. Using “Standard” sRGB view transform would not do you any better since the crushing to yellow is even more ugly in the “Standard” view.

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Wow the difference is just crazy regarding the spectrum stripes. I definately dig into this.

Thanks a lot for the information, I was totally unaware of that.

Thanks a lot.

You made a point on the waves, I probably mix the original water and the overpainted/bashed one in a funky way. :sweat_smile:

I wouldn’t call it spectrum stripes, these are just colors mixture by sRGB/Rec.709 primaries. Real spectrum stripes would require spectral rendering I believe :rofl:

Yeah sure, but I didn’t find a better way to call this at the time. But you understood what I mean. I tried to translate the French I had in mind but a bit too straight forward^^

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Hello Folks,

Here is the “Behind the Scenes” article of this creative piece of art!

Do check this article written by the artist himself. It describes the process of making the artwork step by step and you can also learn about making interesting environments.

Alina Khan
Editor at Blender Nation

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Many thanks again @cgqueen wish you all the best :wink:

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