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Five Kingdoms of Muiremere - Loose ends #1 by Brian-van-Hunsel Five Kingdoms of Muiremere - Loose ends #1 by Brian-van-Hunsel
This is basically an attempt to salvage an older drawing of mine. I drew the original on A3 paper and almost ruined when I tried to colour it. After that I left it alone for quite some time, but the fact that it was unfinished kept bothering me.
Now I've scanned the original image and tried to make the best of it.

I'm not entirely happy with it, but it's the best I could do given the original drawing. I really should start over :P

Pen, paper, watercolour pencils, Photoshop CS4 and stock images:
- the background is "Old Paper" by Struck_Dumb [link]
- the little ship icons are stock images too, but I don't remember where I found them. If anyone recognizes them, please drop me a line and I'll include the source here.
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Senecal Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Still, this is brilliant.
chrishelenius Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspiration from the Scandinavia and Baltic perhaps? :>
Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only the flag, to be honest :)
chrishelenius Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, it's just that I can see the coast of Norway on the mountains of Firn-Iradas, Maryeddon's bay could be that of Oslo, Revanna resembles the name Reval (Tallinn) and Suidar a bit 'Swede' (which were 'Suiones' by Tacitus). The language in the marginal also sounds like something from Norway.
Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, you have a point. =) This conlang does borrow quite a bit from Old-Norse (and Welsh, actually; I'm a fan of both). I've nicked some words and the grammar has some similarities to Old-Norse as well. Most of all the vowel mutations that are caused by grammatical endings. I didn't use Scandinavia as an inspiration for the geography or culture of the island (though the are expert sailors :P). The resemblances with Reval (I'm almost completely unfamiliar with the Baltic region) and Swede/Suiones are purely coincidental.

BTW: thank you very much for your critique on Val Nevan! I appreciate it :) I'll get back to it sometime next week. Critiques deserve a bit of time to respond to, and I'm afraid I've got very little of that, at the moment :)
KOLBENCRANTZ Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome - nice aging
Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I'm guessing those different coloured regions represent different nations of some sort?
Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes they do :)
ScotlandTom Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really great work salvaging this one. I honestly wouldn't have known this was born from a botched coloring attempt had you not said something. Overall I think you should be pleased; there's a real air of authenticity about this piece that I think (at least partially) stems from the state of the original work.
Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I find that it's actually growing on me ;)

It's certainly true that the original causes the hand-drawn charm I like. The writing I added later (for example) will always look digital, even with some added effects. But the real 'magic' actually happened when I added the old paper background. Without it, it just looked like a child's drawing :P But I wont beat myself up about it. The original is two years old.
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November 10, 2012
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows


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