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About Traditional Art / Hobbyist Member Joshua BurnsMale/People's Republic of China Group :iconone-planet-at-a-time: One-Planet-at-a-Time
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Concept Sketches - Environments by Jburns272
Concept Sketches - Environments
Some concept ideas of mine.

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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.
Mongolian Stupa by Jburns272
Mongolian Stupa
Yesterday was the Mongolian fire ceremony. A great fire is set and people walk around it, making offerings and prayers for the new year. Offerings are traditionally alcohol or butter but I did see a fair bit of incense when I went to the festival yesterday.

This stupa is based on the ones I've seen here, both at the ceremony and elsewhere.
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?
  • Mood: Annoyed
  • Reading: Exams I have to mark
  • Eating: Fried rice
  • Drinking: Mongolian tea


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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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I think I misunderstood you. No, I don't think I have seen any.
Encoder6 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Happy dance
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries!
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep on doing the shufa! Cheers Yao.
chinese-cutes Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
By the way, thank you so much for liking the comic 'Want'
as a favorite.  I was wondering...if you don't mind, could you like
the FB page
too...if you have FB?   Or if you prefer Tumblr?  I hope you have a
nice day : )
Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
I do have FB, but it is somewhat difficult to log into where I live. Thank you anyway.
chinese-cutes Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
♥♥♥ Thank you ^^ ♥♥♥
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again for the fave! 
Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem.
Encoder6 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And Thank you for the :+fav: :)
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