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Golden Age by jcbarquet Golden Age by jcbarquet
Commission for ~geromefuticcelli.

"The Maya civilization was one of the grandest in the history of the world and the reason for its collapse is still shrouded in mystery. The ancient Maya occupied a vast geographic area in Central and South America from around 2000 BC until 1500 AD. The Mayan culture extended to parts of what is now Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize. During the Classical Period which lasted from the third to the ninth century, Maya civilization built awe-inspiring temples, pyramids and cities and formed a complex social and political order. The Mayan culture excelled in many different fields, and testaments of their achievements are found throughout the area." (Information source: [link])

This is my own representation of the culture that flourished in the south east of my country: my intention was not to produce a perfectly accurate historical scene. Although there is not a city exactly like the one here, the pyramids are based on existing ones on various archeological sites. The perspective was done with a few basic 3D Sketchup models; once I had that everything was painted in Photoshop.

I hope you like it!
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The different elements of this piece are very well incorporated. It has an almost natural flow for the viewers eye to follow. The shades and shadows are blended nicely and it all looks very realistic. The faint stars in the top right corner were a nice touch. The pyramids (if that's what they're called) are very intricately drawn, especially the first one. The fade-out effects with the pyramids in the background are well done. Your use of scale is good and seems on target. The tree and river in the foreground are very detailed and when mixed with the darkening sky help create a sort of frame for the lighter pyramids and sunset/rise portion. All in all, this is a very nicely done piece that helps transport the viewer into an entirely different time.
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
swordcat9 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is amazing work! I suck at backgrounds, if only I had this kind of talent! Dammit!
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
thanks :D
NSolanki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Photographer
Beautiful creation of the past! Well done!
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thanks man!
kenkunz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Great artwork!
Would you mind if I use this one as a slide background (for "The Golden Age of JavaScript")?
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Hi, sorry but I can't allow that.
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular image! :)

The scale is wonderful, and the colors work so gorgeously here. :aww:
Becky123190 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
 is really beautiful im subbing to your channel for beautiful art like this
glassocean Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love reading about those ancient cultures & civilizations. The Olmecs, Toltecs, Tiwanaku, Nazca, Inca, Maya and others. They always had the most interesting temples and structures mysteriously abandoned in the jungles. I was also listening to some audio books about how stories have trickled down through history as well about races of giants that had preceded many of these cultures. In South America, when the Spanish chroniclers first met the Inca, they asked them who built places like Saksaywaman(fortress with 50+ton stones fit perfectly with other ones). The Inca told them they(the huge stone fortresses) were already in ruins before they arrived and that they were built by a race of giants. Its fascinating to research these subjects. The Maya also had tons of calendars charting time. Some of them charted 5125 and 26,000 year periods.
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