Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"City of Enoch" concept


This one's part of a series of illustrations for my Doctrine and Covenants teacher.  It's still rough and painterly, but I kind of like the way it turned out :)

The people of the City of Enoch, or Zion, became so righteous that the whole city was brought up to meet God.  Hearing the story as a child, I always wondered what it would look like to have a city uprooted out of the ground and pulled into the sky, so illustrating this chapter was particularly fun :)

I thought it would be neat to take dirt up with the city, like the dirt clinging to the roots of an uprooted tree.  Also in this concept there's a river that ran through the city while it was on the ground, so that as it rises up into the sky the water spills off the sides in waterfalls

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  1. Oooh, I really love this! I personally like the "rough and painterly" effect, to me it seems like it fits the piece.

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    1. Hi Allie, thanks for commenting! It was a fun piece to paint :) I'm trying to get better at environments

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    1. I AGREEEEEEEEEE!!! THat's flippin AWESOME!! Plumbing in that place would be a NIGHTMARE!!

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    2. Thanks Wesley, thanks Steve (Stephe?)! Lol hopefully any damages from transport would be taken care of upon arrival by the Municipality of Heaven ;)

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    1. Thanks Joel! It's good to hear from you :)

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  4. This really is so fantastic, Josh! The only thing it needs is more GREEEEEN and TREEEES (but then, I Would say that ;) ).

    I like being able to see the size of the city; it's just enormous. I usually have a hard time imagining large places and an even harder time imagining lots of people living in them (the population count of Wyoming is up to, what, 5 now?). So I appreciate being able to look at Zion as you depicted it, because it gives me the structure I need to concretely visualize the hundreds or even thousands of blessed individuals who were righteous enough to go up to God together. It's an awesome and happy thing. :)

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    1. Aww, thanks :) I feel like there are a lot of stories in the scriptures that could use more visual exploration. Including this one; I'll definitely be doing more concepts in the future. And I'll be sure to include more "GREEEEEN and TREEEES" ;) thanks for your input and support!

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    2. Where do you find this story? I want to read it!

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  5. I love your idea Josh! I'm Jordan, BTW. Found this picture doing a google search for "City of Enoch." I'm thinking of writing a scifi book that explores the idea of re-creating Utopia thru the ethical use of technology (Transhumanism is the closest term I've found to describe this so far). I would love to hear about what is going on in this picture from your perspective. It looks like you have a propulsion system, that the city is "lifting off" not simply being "taken up." Is that right?

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