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Illo Journal Project Update #6

OK, it’s time to properly introduce things. I’ll be re-posting the previous images with things named this time. I had trouble renaming things. My original plan turns out having minor unintentional relation to other well known stories. So to keep things more original, I’ve struggled through the re-naming process. So here goes:

In the upper right corner is the planet Terrene with its three satellites Nera (bottom left), Choe (center) and Jolu (upper left center). Terrene orbits Empre, its sun. The Empreal system travels in the outer fringe if the Halcyon Voluted galaxy.

Ba’anta is the major continent of Terrene. To the north, Ba’anta is bordered by Brumal, the northern ice cap. Across the T’al Ocean to the east is Ignitrius Island. Southward is the Irasuvian Peninsula across the Ycu Sea. It is bordered to the south by the Algid polar cap. Off the southwest coast are the Cei Mar Di Islands. Far across the Odi Ocean is a smaller unexplored continent that has not been named.

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….. More to follow…..

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Illo Journal Project Update #5

First of all I want to apologize for the delay in this update. My paying job has changed and really consumes so much of my time. I hope to be able to keep more frequent updates coming. Thanks for your support and for following my work!

In update #5 we can see a view of the garrison and lighthouse. The guardhouse and local military post are here.

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The lighthouse has a large a flame altar that is kept light at night to help guide ships into and out of the port.

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Here is a view of one of two guard barracks inside the garrison.

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In the next update I plan to have (re)names worked out for everything created currently.

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Illo Journal Project Update #4

For Update #4, here is a view inside the tavern. Most import and export negotiations are made at night here between the ship captains or representatives and the port officials.

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This is one of two warehouses for storing goods for the larger importers and exporters. The smaller ones generally transport theirs the day they arrive.

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This is through the main gate. on the left is the stables. This is mainly for draught animals that carry products to or from the port to inland markets.

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Illo Journal Project Update #3

In this update I am adding more details of the first city.

The first building that you come to from the dock is the inn and tavern. In the evenings the imports and exports are negotiated in the tavern by the merchants and captains who generally stay at the inn.

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This is the front desk of the inn. Room rate negotiations and specific needs are handled here.

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Across from the front desk is the kitchen for the inn and tavern. Many exotic dishes are prepared here from the various food products traded here.

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Illo Journal Project Update #2

For the second update, I am detailing the first city.

On the west coast of the main continent to the north is a sea port city with a fortress and light tower.It is a major place of trade. Harvested goods, livestock, crafted goods and mined materials are shipped out from the port. Items coming into the port include fine fabrics, spices, exotic produce and harvested goods from other cities in this world.

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The port sees many different types of ships bring in or taking out cargo to trade. Large cargo vessels, medium transport vessels and smaller fishing vessels. The fortress also keeps ships to help enforce security at the docks.

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Inbound trade is handled on the west side of the port and outbound trade on the east side. The duty offices are on either side of the dock to handle initial processing or inbounds and final processing for outbounds.

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Due to the nature of the culture of this city, there is a strong bureaucratic process. Most of the processing is moved along by negotiating accelerated processing fees after hours at the inn and tavern.

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Re: xtillos On Etsy

Just to let everyone know, in case you missed the previous Etsy post. I have some of my color and pen & ink work available as digital prints On Etsy. here’s the link https://www.etsy.com/shop/xtillos. Prints are going for $15.00 each. I will add new prints as they come available. As always, thanks for your support!

Approach things creatively!

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Old Block Print Digitally Recreated

I thought I’d share a digital recreation of an old wooden block print I used to to make business stationary. It originally took a couple of days to design and carve the wood blocks. One was the chains the other was the bats. I would use red and black acrylic paints on paper cut down to 8.5″ x 5.5″. A regular piece of copy paper split in half would make 2 pages of stationary.

In less than 3 hours I was able to recreate it digitally. The only things missing are the striations from the wood blocks and the occasional blending of the colors due to rushing the printings.

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