Landscape concept art for a Chinese fantasy novel

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $200
  • Entries Received: 30
  • Winner: arteo77

Contest Brief

Paint a scene from a Chinese fantasy novel. This will be given away to fans of the novel as a hi-resolution desktop wallpaper, so please make the final product hi-resolution, with plenty of extra room around the edges to crop to different screen resolutions and ratios. This novel is "xianxia," or "immortal heroes," and features many mythological and fantastic settings. I will list the basic elements here in the description, but please read the attached document for further details. Please feel free to submit sketches for feedback. However, for the final version, I am looking for "completed" concept art, not just a rough digital painting.

Required elements:
1) Mount Flamecrane - an enormous mountain, half-destroyed 5,000 years ago.
2) The fallen sword - a gargantuan ancient sword, far larger than the mountain itself, half stabbed into the ground, covered with magical symbols. The sword should be tilted at an angle. It MUST be a Chinese style straight sword of ancient design. Please see the attached pictures for inspiration. Regarding the magical symbols covering the sword, feel free to use your imagination, but please attempt to make them Asian-inspired as opposed to something like Celtic runes.
3) A shattered wasteland surrounding the mountain. (this mountain is enormous, so the surrounding wasteland may include other mountains or terrain features)
4) Cracks spreading out from the point of impact where the sword stabbed into the ground.
5) A magical energy shield covering the ground around the point of impact.

Optional element:
1) People at the top of the mountain, gathered into four groups in somewhat of a cross formation, with a leader standing in front of each group. Left group: 80 people. Right group 100 people. Top group: 100 people. Bottom group: 120 people. 4 leaders in the middle. Again, I know that this might be impossible to portray, so only put it in if you can.

Please read the attached document entitled "The Fallen Sword Abyss" that has actual passages from the novel with further details.

P.S. I will not pick a winner until the final deadline!

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Public Clarification Board

  • arteo77
    arteo77
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hi, please look at my entry #33 and the description. leave a feedback. Thank you!

    • 3 weeks ago
  • arteo77
    arteo77
    • 4 weeks ago

    Hi, waiting I'm working for this

    • 4 weeks ago
  • yogeshj25
    yogeshj25
    • 1 month ago

    Hey, I specialize in environment design. You can search yog joshi art and find my work online. If you are interested in working with me, you can find my contact info on my personal website. Thank you

    • 1 month ago
    1. laobaisjz
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Your work looks amazing. I'd love for you to submit a sketch for this contest

      • 1 month ago
  • sbilogic1
    sbilogic1
    • 1 month ago

    Will you choose multiple winners, as the artwork generally more time than other stuff.

    • 1 month ago
    1. laobaisjz
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I don't plan to, but it's not impossible. I've picked multiple winners for things in the past. Honestly, what I would love to do would be to find someone I could work with more regularly in the future. In any case, feel free to submit some ideas and sketches for feedback before spending too much time. I'm happy to give direct and honest feedback about stuff.

      • 1 month ago

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