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The Cartographer by DylanPierpont The Cartographer by DylanPierpont
Been a while since my last update. School projects, personal work and small commissions here and there have taken up the majority of my life. Everything is moving so fast I'm learning new material at 17 times the rate I was last year. But it's fantastic, because I'm fortunate enough to be working alongside some of the most talented friends I know, and the results just keep getting better and better (you all know who you are)

At any rate! This is a piece that needs a little backstory:

Nearly 2 semesters ago I took an Earth Science course that focused primarily on the geology of our planet. For one of our projects we took a trip over to Golden, CO to visit the Colorado School of Mines. Our job was to search the map room in one of the libraries and find a plot of land somewhere on the planet that we'd be interested in studying for the following 3 weeks.

I went into the map room without a clue as to what region might interest me. So i just started pulling out drawers and drawers of maps from various locations around the globe, found an empty table, and surrounded myself with topology grids, climate patterns, and geology charts. It was pretty overwhelming to say the least and as I started to lose interest in the glacial formations of the West Siberian Plains, my mind started to wander...

What if these weren't maps to PHYSICAL plots, what if these maps represented something more intangible? What if THESE maps were the frantic workings of an old man who's spent day after day in seclusion, surrounded by his life's work, trying to chart the physical paths to heaven and hell? What if..

All in all, I think there's a few areas I'd like to go back and re-work. Not in a compositional sense, but more the application of color and how some of the strokes lay on the canvas. Definitely learned a lot about time management with this one and began experimenting with a different color pallet than I'm used to.

Thanks for checking!!

Tutorial posted here: [link]

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A DD??!!!??!! That's insane!! Thanks for everyones kind words. You all help to keep me motivated ;) And special thanks to :iconarchang3lzz: for the suggestion and :iconvoyager212: for the feature. You guys rock!!
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Given 2011-04-06
The Cartographer by *IISketchII Suggester says: "Amazing atmosphere and details. If you need directions, this is the cartographer to ask." ( Suggested by aRchAng3lZz and Featured by MacRebisz )
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The design and appearance of the featured character in this piece interests me the most. The goggles and the overall look of his surroundings makes me think that he's a mad scientist or some sort of inventor who'd rather be cooped up in his surroundings on a quest for knowledge than helping to make a benefit for mankind with his findings.

The coloring looks gorgeous- a lot of great tones and hews to show a dimly lit room full of books and other strange knickknacks. I especially like the otherworldly green glow coming from that book stand the character is using.

Great job on this! Looking at this makes me think that this was some sort of concept artwork for a big budget sci-fi/fantasy movie.
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:waves: Hi there!
This really caught my eye in thumbnail form, and I didn't regret the decision of looking at fullsize.
Let's begin, shall we?

1) The lighting is great, but what I'm getting here is that the focal point is the guy. :| So in application, I think that the other lights kinda diverts the attention from that focal point, but at the same time I appreciate that the most of the surrounding lights are more mellow and had 'colder' colors, thus helping the focal point due to that flame being a 'warm' color.

2) I know that this is steampunk-related, but is that alchemy? The circles on the books that he's pointing on?
Anyhoo, I like the fact that the symbols glows due to the magical nature of the subject. A little more 'glow' can help emphasize its magic, and also help the guy prove his point further.

3) This is just me, but I feel that I can crop the left part out and still get an awesome feeling from the picture. :)

4) I like all the details at the back and at the foreground. Except for the candles at the far left, they help the scene without being too prominent.

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This is full of marvelous details, but I can't say anymore because, well, I can't zoom in. I have trouble squinting my eyes at my monitor just to see the folds of the clothing, the wrinkles on his fingers, etc. :iconcryforeverplz:

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Keep up the good work! :iconthumbsupplz:
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Silant Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
WOW :O
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:iconvr85:
VR85 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Great!
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:iconartvexx:
artVEXX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconzarieoz:
ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
color, composition & all the piece is amazing. It draws me in :love:
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Donrem Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Congratz, he looks shrouded in mystery! Also, thanks for the tutorial, I will follow your example
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:iconcorvuscorax92:
CorvusCorax92 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly astounding work! I love it!
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Great story and work.
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:icondylanpierpont:
DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Appreciate it! :highfive:
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darkstar128 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
This reminds me of forbidden alchemy. [link]
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:icondylanpierpont:
DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wwwhhaaaaaa??? That's Dave Rapoza's piece. That dude is a master!
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PaulFrancis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I love the clour balance in this. In fact, I love it so much I used it as inspiration for my own picture:

[link]
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:icondylanpierpont:
DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! Love your work. Has a nice balance of dark/bizarre. Just what I like :D
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eris-11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Writer
I could write a novel for this picture. I love it, and I especially love your inspiration for it.
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:icondylanpierpont:
DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Rest assured, if you wrote a novel I would read it ;) Thanks so much for the kind words
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eris-11 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Writer
You are very welcome! And thank you, too :-)
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:iconstratedzjiccoma:
stratedzjiccoma Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This guy a bit more well traveled than your average cartographer... It looks like had multiple brushes with death.
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DianthaWisteria Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The art is amazing, and I think the coloring is fine. ^^ I love the story behind the piece too; great job! :D
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. I keep thinking that no one will ever read the story behind it. Glad some of you have ;)
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DianthaWisteria Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I personally love reading the Artist's Comments. :D
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Kentessa Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
This is just amazing!
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:icondylanpierpont:
DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconelinewton:
Elinewton Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Thats a really amazing art!!
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Hi... DearIISketchIICONGRATULATION ...
You are in the ACTION-PORTRAITS May 2011 BEST OF "...!!!:iconaction-portraits:
Thank you for sharing...
best regards.....................You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
This has been featured [link] :heart:
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is amazing, I love the story behind it and the overall look and feel of the work! Fantastic job! :)
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!! ^_^
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NekosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
That's great!:D
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:iconlordinear:
lordinear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god steam punk is so hard to draw T-T
gj love this ! <3 ur so talented
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Steampunk is just a bunch of circles and metal ;) Do the research and your work will come out just fine :D
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love this one, shows a great deal about all you've gained at RMCAD. I'd be curious to see any progress shots you have!
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! RMCAD has given me quite a lot. Just a matter of working all that knowledge into a full portfolio, something I'm lacking at the moment :/

I do have my progress!! I see if I can't get a tutorial posted by tomorrow. Someone else was asking about that a few days ago.
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
I love the story behind the pic and the pic is just amazing. :D
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks frozen!! :D
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
You're so welcome! ^v^
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Clewilan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Such a great atmosphere here, now I want to draw transmutation circles and become an explorer !
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
HEY, let's do it!! Where do you wanna go first??
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Clewilan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Atlantis Y/Y ?
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Swordandclaw77 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Coulda swore I favorited this the first time I saw it. >_<
Just an awesome amount of detail, everything seems well placed, and dammit, I want those goggles. XD
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
SO do I! Maybe I'll design a pair and see if people still like them when they're not propped up on an old mans head ;)
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Swordandclaw77 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Ha, sounds like a plan. d(^_^d)
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:iconzour:
zour Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the steam punk style and also the orange/yellow and green shine of light very much. Excellent work!
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, zour :D
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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice
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Jabbercrow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Picture perfect - lovely!
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D:D:D
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molly1400 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
hahaha
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MaverikKnight Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
This is incredible! There is just so much intricate detail, it's hard to fully wrap my mind around! I really love how this figure has been going over these ancient tomes for so long that he's forgotten about his candle. Speaking of which, the different light sources are a really great touch!

The idea of drawing maps of heaven and hell is an intriguing idea. Does that factor it the glowing green tablet and the blue device on his wrist?

Keep up the great work!
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks so much! It might...I just wanted to add the green LCD panel to offset the natural colored light sources in the candle and the moon. The nigh-glow wristwatch-looking device just helps to add another color in that same manor.
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