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"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
sweet
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swordcat9 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is amazing work! I suck at backgrounds, if only I had this kind of talent! Dammit!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
thanks :D
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:iconnsolanki:
NSolanki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Photographer
Beautiful creation of the past! Well done!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thanks man!
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:iconkenkunz:
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")?
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Hi, sorry but I can't allow that.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular image! :)

The scale is wonderful, and the colors work so gorgeously here. :aww:
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Becky123190 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
 is really beautiful im subbing to your channel for beautiful art like this
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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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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Very interesting! I think every ancient cultures is interesting in its on way :) Thanks for sharing!
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elodie50a Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
So beautiful !!!
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:iconlothrian:
Lothrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant! It is truly such a tragedy that a whole civilization has vanished from the face of the earth...
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
it is, although there are still some living people of Mayan descent who speak their language :)
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salomnsm Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It´s so great!!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
thanks!
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grotesquebuffoon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
out of this world :worship:
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TheEmeraldMasquerade Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! :)
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:iconthesmalo:
TheSmalo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful and amazing! You are talented :)
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you very much!
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dkr1031 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I just love Mesoamerican Civilizations!!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I love them too :)
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:iconmelijan:
melijan Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's totally amazing!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Thank you :)
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:iconawareweapon:
AwareWeapon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Genial compa tu arte es de lo mejor, sigue así que tiene mucho talento :D
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Muchas gracias! :)
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:iconcomj8:
comj8 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Otro gran trabajo ;)
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
muchas gracias :)
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:iconlululetti:
lululetti Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bellisimo!! :)
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
gracias! :D
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:iconlululetti:
lululetti Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
de nada! :D
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mayakid2012 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
No mames esta pkm!!! este año prevalece el bien para volver a entrar a la era de oro! :D
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
jajaja ojalá :D
gracias!
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Regoleta Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, son tan increibles tus paisajes. Me gustan a montones y admiro tu gran talento a tu corta edad... ¿dónde aprendiste todo esto?
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Muchísimas gracias! La verdad es que desde muy chiquito aprendí a pintar con diferentes medios, fui a algunas clases y siempre me ha encantado, y hace un par de años aprendí a usar photoshop y me gustó bastante pintar en la computadora, aunque a veces sigo haciéndolo a mano :)
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:iconregoleta:
Regoleta Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Pues qu[e bueno que te guste, aprovecha tu talento. :)
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:iconarkiniano:
Arkiniano Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Que ambientación más buena y que fantástico coloreado!
Genial como siempre ;)
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Muchas gracias Javi! Me alegro mucho que te guste :)
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Istebrak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful blues and oranges <3
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Thank you :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been selected to be in #Genuine-ART's Featured Corner.
Have a nice day,

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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thanks so much!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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SkepticSketcher99 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful!
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thanks!
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danis58 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I love the color effect. How the warmer colors are in the pyramides and still it doesn't seem forced.

Wonderful work, I love it! ♥
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:iconjcbarquet:
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Muchísimas gracias :)
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danis58 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Denada :)
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BlueSteelEyes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student General Artist
love the colors! They compliment each other very well. The framing of it is also very well done, and there is perfect balance. Overall stunning, and a very detailed scene. Very warm and inviting.
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Thanks so much for your in-depth comment! Much appreciated! :)
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