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Import Market by Zirngibl Import Market by Zirngibl
Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, this is Venice-like city featuring a rudimentary "hydro-arcane power" - useful magic generated by the kinetic energy of the surrounding waterfalls.  This, in addition to its strategic trading location, has made the city very wealthy.

The main building in this scene sports a marketplace, where citizens can purchase luxury goods with prices unaffected by tariffs.  (This is due to a legal loophole, whereas the building is considered an island not directly part of the main city.)

Small cargo and bus-like boats are pulled along elevated waterways, and denizens could easily spend most of their time on the city's rooftops.

I also will be sending this to Wizards of the Coast with the intention of getting MTG card work, preferably land cards!  If it were a card, it would be a blue/white land card with the ability to convert an island card into ANY two lands when tapped.  Either that, or a commerce ability that allows the owner to "buy" a player's opposing artifacts, paid by discarding a land or two.
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Import Market by Zirngibl has an incredible amount of detail, which manages to tell a story about the whole landscape. The effect of depth makes it look real and the choice of color is beautiful. Also, it has an interesting sense of harmony. Amazing! ( Suggested by ferrrch and Featured by breerothman )
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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Very nice.  I almost expect to see Ezio climbing about somewhere.
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GenniGenevieve Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Naboo
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ArtandMore567 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Writer
Magical work, my friend!
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FanoBelmont Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. I love the composition and colors, but most of all I love the feel we get for this place. I am finding more and more stuff the more I look at it. Great work!
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Chiara-Maria Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great colors
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BritneyPringle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I absolutely love the design of this city. It's a beautiful place that I would like to visit if it were real.
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Darrok Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow not bad! I can imagine this for a Game :)
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Feels like part of a larger world!
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Kim-Il-Songun Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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JohanIV Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable!
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cairnsbirds Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work!
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xstitch999 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I can almost feel the sun on my skin-Amanda Z
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Amazing :)
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Concept-Junky Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beautiful!  And with art skills like this, you would make a FANTASTIC land artist!!

Also, I think the commerce ability sounds really interesting, though depending on the artifact I might want it to be pricier.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.  I was thinking about something to fit the theme of the image.  I do know how to play MTG and have a few duel decks, but I know admittedly little about good deck building/game balancing.  And thanks for the encouragement.  I think I will be doing some card art in the near-ish future, but don't have any details yet.  :)
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bladesky777 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Amazing
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Maimhollow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, more like this please.
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STEALTHYFART Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Daaang. . . The skill stings. Feels so good.
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DocMikeB Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Splendid artwork and amazing details!
Reminds me of Naboo or the the Byzantine Constantinopolis before the Ottoman conquer...
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think the designers of the former were looking at the latter!  :P
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
absoultely beautfiful ^^

Congrats on your DD ^^
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Now THIS is what I think of when I imagine a hydro-arcane community. Massive water reserves, utilization & the power to make waves for their community. Quite literally.

Kudos miss, kudos.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.  While I prefer designing sci-fi, I enjoy fantasy where magic has consistent rules.  Treating it as another form of energy next to thermal, electrical, kinetic, gravitational... is a lot of fun.  I don't like systems where people seem to be able to pull it from thin air at no cost.  Feels cheap.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
For sure, definitely. :D
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JordanSilverBlade17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
It looks like Naboo's capital city Theed
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think the concept artists and I were looking at the same inspiration!
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NikiSmithArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student General Artist
There are no words to describe how amazing this is! The time and effort you must have put into it. :clap: A very worthy DD. :)
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NikiSmithArt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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NimrodJaeger Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Writer
This is amazing! WotC would be foolish to not hire you :D
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've actually been contacted by them, but nothing has become of it yet.  We'll see! :-\
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NimrodJaeger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Writer
Well, good luck, then :)
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shadowyzman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Holy hell!!!
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JohnK222 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
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Wow! It looks like a real place. :-)
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
A urban setting with stunning look,superb artwork and wonderful coloring!  :winner:
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Llamas-And-Potatoes Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Must have taken a long time.... 
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was sort of a back burner piece.  I didn't keep track of the time since I tended to just work on it an hour here or there between other work.  I estimate it was about 30 hours though.  Next thing I do like this I'll try to tally it.
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Llamas-And-Potatoes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...ok
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KuroBllack Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such detail! It pulls everything together very well
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DeadpoolsWham Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
It looks like Naboo from Star Wars.
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TheJourneyTaker Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
This looks absolutely great!!! Also, :iconcongratsddplz: :+fav:
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FluffyLover1986 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
To the first ability to have islands generate double mana: basically a Mirari's Wake for islands, then? And since it's for one land type, it'd likely be capping out at four mana (then again, since it's blue, and you hate to give blue more mana, maybe not), but in any case, I feel it'd be a case of "if I untap with this, you scoop". Buying artifacts? That'd make it go to the junk pile fairly quickly.

In any case, absolutely phenomenal picture. Going to look through the rest of your gallery now. Huge congrats on your DD. 
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I was wondering if someone was going to offer suggestions about what it could do.  While I know how to play MTG, I only own a couple decks and haven't built my own.  So I don't have the context to really think up a balanced ability.

I was looking for an ability that would fit the image, and since this is a market, artifact buying made sense.  It does seem like artifacts tend to be underpowered, though!

And thanks.
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FluffyLover1986 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Frankly, I see it more as a land.

Import Market

Land

Play Import Market only if you've played an artifact this turn.

T (tap): Add UU (2x blue) to your mana pool.
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flumenlimia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
This is amazing. o.O The backstory is great by the way. =)
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scaryren Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
beautiful
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