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Concept Sketches - Environments by Jburns272
Concept Sketches - Environments
Some concept ideas of mine.

Clockwise from top-left:

南足 (Nan-zu): A Feng officer and confers with some scouts in a forest in the Nan'zu region. Nan'zu is the lowest region in the Feng Empire, and so is the warmest, wettest and most heavily forested region in the Empire. Unfortunately, the potential of this region has attracted the attention of other kingdoms.

山下村 (Shan'xia village): Shan'xia is one of the southernmost settlements in the Empire. This makes it a frequent target for border raids. In order to protect themselves, the village has been constructed like a Tulou.

大段州 (Da'duan): Da'duan is a large landing on the northern slopes of the Zhuque Mountain. The low elevation and intersecting river systems make excellent conditions for growing crops. As such, Da'duan is a major food producer in the Feng Empire. In the back of the landing, Bei'men city, the largest city in Feng's North can be seen.

南口市 (Nan'kou City): Nan'kou city is the oldest settlement above-ground settlement in Feng. The Nan'kou gateway was discovered in a road between two major cities. This allowed large numbers of people to flow out onto the surface. Nan'kou's population first surged and then fell as people moved on to settle more favorable areas.

雪门村 (Xue'men village): The highest gate-settlement in the Empire. Xue'men lies well above the treeline, making farming all but impossible. Xue'men exists only as a site for research and to export ice and water to the Feng capital.
Or at least severely throttled. For the past few weeks I've had trouble getting onto Deviant art. According to (…) , I should be able to access this site. ( and my computers (from several different locations, not just at home) say otherwise. I can get on with my VPN (as I'm doing now) but that's a pain especially since it seems to cut out every 10 mins.

This may sound like an odd request considering where I'm making it but is there anyone else around in China who's had similar problems? Or anyone who might know more than me?
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Joshua Burns
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
People's Republic of China
Current Residence: Inner Mongolia, China

I'm a NZ-born astrophysics graduate but I'm also interested in East Asian calligraphy and painting. I'm currently teaching English here in Inner Mongolia.
I want to become much better at calligraphy so I'm happy to receive any and all comments and feedback.

はじめまして、私は助守和(ジョシュワ)です。 ニュージーランドで生まれて、大学で天体物理学を勉強しました。私は今日本で英語を教えています。書道にも水墨画にも興味があります。^^

Nau mai. Haere mai. Tēnā Kōtou. Ko Joshua tōku ingoa. Nō Kirikiriroa ā Aotearoa au.

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Encoder6 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, my friend :cake::party:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, my friend! :)
Encoder6 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :manhug:
KamakuraSamurai471 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Hello,thanks for making a long comment on my work the "limit of our culture".
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2015
Thanks for the favs and for your comments. I hope that you will enjoy other photos from my trip as I get them up.

Hopefully, you will get another chance to see the view from Hakodateyama when it is not cloudy. I got very lucky that it had cleared up at that time. Earlier when I was at Goryokaku Tower a storm blew in and turned the view I had from the city there into a screen of white. You could actually see a wall of white come across the city from Hakodateyama at that time which I captured on video. If that storm had come in the evening I would have also missed the chance for the great view.

Knowing that you like calligraphy I was wondering if you have ever picked up any goshuin in your travels.
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.

I'd like a chance to go back to Hakodate if I get the chance. Sounds like you had the opposite problem to me; when I went to Goryokaku, the sky was a lot clearer. I did get some interesting photos at Hakodateyama; the clouds somehow made the cable car look like a submarine.

I don't think I've had the chance to see more than a few goshuin. And if so, they would've all been in museums.
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Ah, for goshuin you can actually get them at virtually all shrines and temples. Some places even have more than one as they offer it for a particular pilgrimage ect. In most cases you can see the monk/priest preforming the calligraphy. In order to get them you require a goshuicho and need to ask for it. You can at the most major temples/shrines see people lined up for them but otherwise for all other locations you need to ask for it. In the case of local family temples this will sometimes result in you being asked inside the home attacked to the temple and given tea while waiting for the goshuin . The cost is generally 300JP, some places will ask for that amount directly others will wait to see if you know that it should be that amount and only in the case of Osaki Hachimangu Shrine did they actively refuse to accept any payment. Note that there is only particular locations where the books (goshuicho) to then have your goshuin placed in can be obtained. This site can help you find places that have the books:…
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