Santharian Development

Santharian World Development => Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources => Topic started by: Seeker on 10 November 2013, 12:22:36

Title: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Seeker on 10 November 2013, 12:22:36
Well I originally wanted this to be a pic for the Cloud falls entry.  however as it progressed it diverged from the entry too much I think.  so any comments , suggestions are welcome.  Perhaps it fits a different waterfall better?

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Exmortis on 10 November 2013, 14:18:28


I am having trouble determining whether the structure behind the closest waterfall is a make-shift dam or a poorly illustrated rock formation...

Additionally, that region of the image looks strangely flat when contrasted with the rest of the scene and as such sticks out to an uncomfortable degree upon inspecting the image...


Other than those details, I feel that the image is of a impressive quality...

Well done...

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 10 November 2013, 16:25:50
I see where you're coming from, Exmortis, so maybe a few more shadows, protrusions that add to the 3d effect wouldn't hurt. If I remember correctly this picture part was used somewhere else already and I had a similar thought back then. So yeah, that part could probably still be improved a bit. However, other than that small detail it's another lovely, very idyllic picture that deserves an aura +1.

Looks like we've some waterfalls to choose from now - see e.g. also Reegen's quite epic Waterfall Glade ( I already linked to in his thread. So that one seems to be a pretty large one, while this one's more a smaller one. Looks like both don't quite fit to the Cloud Falls, though... ;) But we've got some decent waterfall resources now.  :thumbup:

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Bard Judith on 08 December 2013, 21:04:11
I rather like the smaller scale of this waterfall - usable, accessible - and I'm quite drawn the level face of the first rock 'wall'.  In fact, were that a dam, it would be a very well-constructed one, for the rocks to fit together so neatly despite their irregularity.  Although most of us are culturally prejudiced towards squared-off, rectangular ashlars/bricks/blocks, there are in fact precedents for ancient 'irregular' stoneworkings ( that are claimed to be almost irreproducible with modern technology!)  Google 'inca stonework' for the most famous examples.   

 Were there a bit more depth to those rocks,    ;)     I'd be tempted to claim them as a specific dwarven technique for interlocking stone to create mortarless dams, and possibly even write a brief entry to get, ha, my feet wet again.   I suspect there's a weir and maybe the ruins of a very strange little stone mill just 'off-screen' in this illustration

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Bard Judith on 21 December 2013, 23:06:12

I have studied the marvelous Vardynn map and found the ideal geographic location for this lovely waterfall...if you approve, Seeker...

Some initial suggestions, and a germ of an idea to write a place entry...after so many years.

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Bard Judith on 21 December 2013, 23:09:34
N.B.   This is the lower stream which feeds Bourshal Lake, known as 'Twinwater'. It has the clean drop and hollowed-out pool which the Bourshalites found perfect for their purposes - creating a weir to hold and breed their captured fresh-fish, mainly.   The upper stream ('Twintears')  is rocky and dramatic, and is mostly composed of impassible (and unusable) series of rapids.

Title: Re: Waterfall Pic
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 22 December 2013, 16:02:39
Very fitting suggestion, Judy! Should fit the picture perfectly :) Now we only need a final version of the waterfall from Seeker, and ideally the entry to make things perfect. Map can be updated in the meantime already, so I'll get to that! :D

P.S. Also good to have names (and cool sounding onces) for the streams, as they were still missing... Also missing as I see now is a name for the river to the west, so I'll see to add that as well. :thumbup: