EOW 130 The Well At the World's End. WHich contains the water of Life
the title is the Brief
this book is the inspiration for the topic, But by no means feel confined to it's content
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Cool and interesting topic! Yup, indeed pretty poetic.
Although i would prefered a topic with "new year" or something but anyways , i still like the idea of water of life. Time to start imagining the composition. hmmm
*daydreaming mode On
as stated inth elast challenge. people are ok as long as the person isn't the central feature.
they are useful for a sense of scale
but as a narrative element they should be avoided
End of the world huh..
I am pretty sure most of us are imagining the end of sea and falls, or the end of a huge cliff and fog...hmmmm.../
literarily there have been hundreds of literary and artistic depictions of the end of the world. doesn't have to be This world... doesn't even have geographical "end" of the world could be the end of time..... apocalypse... although thats not what the literary reference is. But the inherent dilemma is that the world is round. and therefor world without end. and if you want a world that has an end, you either have to adopt a medieval world view, or take it else where (ie discworld) ... Of course these are the paths my brain takes when I am tacklling something like this.... you can in a sense concider this a WIP
It's the holidays, and Im bored.... might even do this one myself
I would urge you to Parse the menaing of the word end, as well as the word "Well" because a well can be a hole with a rim and a bucket etc.. liek a wishig well or it can be a cavernous sink hole, or a glimmering pool.
Interesting topic. I haven't red the books. But it starts the imagination.
I just had to sit down and draw.
I did some homework and found the original text and where the well is described:
"So he sprang up and strove with the slumber that still hung about him, and as his eyes cleared he looked down, and saw that the sea, which last night had washed the face of the cliff, had now ebbed far out, and left bare betwixt the billows and the cliff some half mile of black sand, with rocks of the like hue rising out of it here and there. But just below the place where they stood, right up against the cliff, was builded by man's hand of huge stones a garth of pound, the wall whereof was some seven feet high, and the pound within the wall of forty feet space endlong and overthwart; and the said pound was filled with the waters of a spring that came forth from the face of the cliff as they deemed, though from above they might not see the issue thereof; but the water ran seaward from the pound by some way unseen, and made a wide stream through the black sand of the foreshore: but ever the great basin filled somewhat faster than it voided, so that it ran over the lip on all sides, making a thin veil over the huge ashlar-stones of the garth. The day was bright and fair with no wind, save light airs playing about from the westward ort, and all things gleamed and glittered in the sun.
But when they were somewhat calmed of their ecstasy of joy, they made ready to go down by that rocky stair. And first they did off their armour and other gear, and when they were naked they did on the hallowed raiment which they had out of the ark in the House of the Sorceress; and so clad gat them down the rock-hewn stair, Ralph going first, lest there should be any broken place; but naught was amiss with those hard black stones, and they came safely to a level place of the rock, whence they could see the face of the cliff, and how the waters of the Well came gushing forth from a hollow therein in a great swelling wave as clear as glass; and the sun glistened in it and made a foam-bow about its edges. But above the issue of the waters the black rock had been smoothed by man's art, and thereon was graven the Sword and the Bough, and above it these words, to wit:
YE WHO HAVE COME A LONG WAY TO LOOK UPON ME, DRINK OF ME, IF YE DEEM THAT YE BE STRONG
ENOUGH IN DESIRE TO BEAR LENGTH OF DAYS: OR ELSE DRINK NOT; BUT TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND
THE KINDREDS OF THE EARTH HOW YE HAVE SEEN A GREAT MARVEL."
I hope I can take some creative license on thie, though. I was kinda hoping to make multiple wells, perhaps the water has to be drank in a certain order, or the drinker won't get the benefit of eternal life... kind of like a puzzle.
And yeah, I was gonna go the route of falls, though perhaps if I tried really hard to make them darn cool-looking it'll make up for taking a route people might expect...
Last edited by Zirngibism; December 23rd, 2009 at 09:22 PM.
I didn't print the text for a reason.
I want people to make their own pictures based on the topic alone.
I was trying not to be too specific
Aaah, thanks Zirngibism. I'd gotten the text from Gutenberg, but hadn't found the description yet, appreciate it =) Might not stick to it's description, but still good to know.
And thanks to chaosrocks for another nifty topic and for the quickness of things being done.
Good luck all.
*edit* And ah, a response in before I even got mine, noted.
"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers." - Kahlil Gibran
Sketchbook: Critique greatly appreciated =)
coolio mundo topic, ill give it a whirl
Okay, here's my first really rough wip... The idea is of having the Well in this isolated place of life, while a barren desert surrounds it and begins to overtake it.
Cool topic. Quick color speed-paint wip. Need something to fix the composition, though. Feels like it's getting cut in half...
Keeping out of direct sunlight.
my first wip. bout 60-70 mins in. im really bad at environs so any and all crits, tips, ideas, advice is always welcome. hopefully i'll start getting more practice in.
solid looking wips already poppin up.
updated wip 3.5 hours more...
Last edited by misledtomisery; December 26th, 2009 at 08:25 AM.
wip - my concept involves a massive well house with the idea of pulling water from the abyss above and the abyss below, hence the two well arms. I find the idea of immortality being the result of "knowing good and evil".
Last edited by tsujni; December 25th, 2009 at 02:46 AM.
This my first ever attempt at any "[blank] of the week" assignments so be harsh!
After I read the topic, I sat down with the old tablet and sketched. I'll be sure to reference later but I wanted this WIP up for general comments.
watch the perspective on you ellipses. they are tough I usually get them wrong too, helps to build your perspective and then place the ellipse in it.
tsjuni -- you know that looks like an upward view of a giant lobster.....right?
would love some suggestions on the light play here, I want a real sense of depth of field as well as light contrast. Dark sky, light emitting from water below, and this aged looking mossy walkway... any ref would be very appreciated.
misled- i like your first comp. better. for me atleast i get a bit more of a epic feel to it.
all of the above? none of the above. size of the jpeg?
i'll play around with it, see if i can get an epic feel back. still got a ways to go with enviros. thanks for the feedback.
heres what i have so far. i dont really know where to incoorporate the water well exactly, but im sure ill find something.
misled tom- heres what i think you did better your first time around. this is just my opinion, so maybe you can see where i am coming from.
Last edited by thescala; December 26th, 2009 at 07:33 AM.
just a quick sketch from me - don't think I'll be taking this to final
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