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Ryujin - The Ever Moving Land by TheEchoDragon Ryujin - The Ever Moving Land by TheEchoDragon
Commissioned work for an individual trying to bring some of the concepts for his personal project to life.


Edit (20/09/17): Thank you for the overwhelming response to this. My portfolio exists on Deviant Art in relative obscurity so this was quite a surprise. It was a very fun commission to work on and I'm really glad people like it.

To clear up a few common questions because I don't usually come here every day:

1. I don't know what the client was influenced by when they presented me with the idea. I'm well aware of the Pandaren starting zone in WoW comparison (the Aladdin one not so much I must admit) and talked about it with them before we began. We decided to stay clear of any obvious asian influences in the design of the buildings or landscape for this reason. We did very, very loosely base the concept around numerous Japanese myths about Sea Turtles being messengers of the dragon god Ryujin who is said to live at the bottom of the sea. Obviously it's also where the name came from.

2. The original pitch for the scale of the turtle and continent was for it to be roughly the size of Ireland. I didn't think this was possible to depict successfully so I just tried to make it appear as large as I could and keep it as interesting as I could. It was a tricky balance but the client was very happy with it in the end. Regardless of the result that remains the intended size so you will have to take it for what it is; a concept and not a completely accurate depiction. So yes we did imagine there would be bodies of water on such a large landmass and that they would flow down the steeped landscape to create waterfalls and the edge of the shell. It does rain at sea, Ryu is very slow moving, incredibly ancient and never goes on to land. They may not always be there or they might, I don't know. At the end of the day it is a fantasy world and we wanted to have a little fun with it.

3. It's painted in photoshop. There is a blending of textures mixed it to bring added detail to the important areas such as around the face. I went for a mix of a bearded dragon and sea turtle like some people already guessed and, yes, that's meant to be an enormous snake on its horn. I questioned it too but the client was adamant it be there so we'll just have to see what plans they have for it :)

Again, thank you for such a positive response, I really didn't expect it. Sorry I couldn't get to you questions individually but I hope that helps answer some.
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:iconliumanstar:
liumanstar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Well done! 
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SuperShanko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
If this were a movie...... I'd watch it.
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UltimateCharge Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Is that the Citadel from Half Life 2 in the background?
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Deviant-Salmon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Woah you predicted Xenoblade Chronicles 2 lol

I need that game...
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MultiverseTraveler Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
Holy s***, it is amazing! Much better than what I can do currently.
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Sutherlan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
Woah! This is breathtaking with the shear balance of scale for how massive this scene is combined with the innate detail and proportion wherever the eye surveys is amazing! Great work!
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Volinfer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something really well-detailed and epic
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ConstantSeizures Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
I just want everyone to realize, yeah the turtle/land mass is giant. But do you see that snake on its face? Imagine how big that snake is ._.
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:iconthepenguinrapist:
Thepenguinrapist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit! That beast puts the basilisk from Harry Potter to shame! 
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Kylecope Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks soo cool! Amazing idea and details!
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andarkyad Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
es is t wunderbar!
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
brillant
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:iconvanblood:
vanBlood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Great
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:iconwheasy:
Wheasy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
What happens if the turtle decides to submerge?
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tsumefan2 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
it reminds me of the vanishing isle in aladdin and the king of thieves
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Master-Rainbow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of one the lion-turtles from Avatar: The Last Airbender!
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Edelslav Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The Ojibwe often use a turtle to represent the earth. In fact, Mackinac Island in Lake Huron is named after the turtle (www.mackinacparks.com/books-pu…) and this reminded me of that. 
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TheEchoDragon Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Lule. I'm hiding the comment until you edit it down some of that space though because it's kind of breaking the page.

(It's a very nice comment guys just a bit...big?)
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DiamondDashy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Reminds me of Oloko. There's no game called by that name anymore...
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SolMotif Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so curious, is that a giant snake wrapped around the turtles horns? The red and black thing? I can't figure it out.
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TriforceOfWill Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:happybounce:This is breathtaking!!  You managed to make this so huge, and yet so consistent and so beautiful!  I wish I could draw landscapes a half as well as this... 
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MixtinMatch Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING! I could never do something like this +fav Heart Heart Heart 
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Grim-SLH Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Aaa it's so beautiful. The shading, lighting, and everything about it makes it so outstanding! :D
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RavenCorona Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Fabulous.
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lordpenguinman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Continental turtles are the best thing ever, and this is easily among the best I've ever seen!  Amazing work!
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:iconrome03:
Rome03 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
This reminds me of the world turtle in Asian mythology.
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Cool landscape-on-überturtle thatm akes me think of Fastitocalon from Tolkien's poems and the Lion Turtle from the A:tLA-verse.
The whale island from the tales of Sindband the Sailor also come to mind - you have made a glorious contribution to a long and glorious tradition.
Nice text and details. The textures on the landscape, water, and clouds are nothing short of amazing, and I like Ryujin's stoic and dignified facial expression.
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blhck Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Student Photographer
Wow! Reminds me of Zou from One Piece in some way.
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:iconkodrant:
Kodrant Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit this is one of the best pieces of art I've ever seen, wow.
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dragerART108 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One Word: Wow
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carlstin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
nice
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NOVANETTLES Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the hell are people supposed to get on and off of it?!?
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Genie92 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing artwork!:clap:
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LandSeaSky Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This person is trying to claim your art as theirs


My best drawing yet. Used Mspaint with eyes closed
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:icontheechodragon:
TheEchoDragon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know, I've started the process to have it removed. Appreciate you looking out for me dude. :D
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DethklokSlayer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done! 
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Mario-Majan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful and detailed O: 
great work!
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:iconartvan1:
artVan1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
You are going places..
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DracorAlex Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I'm going to make it my computer wallpaper!! I love it so much!!!
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ReachNetwork Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!
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Cheshire65 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Awesome work dude! 
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GrayCloudsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
wow
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Asproxy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Wow, so cool! I love fantasy sea-creatures <3 So awesome!
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realwtomblin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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twisted8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
This is a truly great imagining of the 'turtle as world carrier' myth.  So much detail and such a unique rendering of the concept.  Well Done. 
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Mikatriks Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist
i see there towers from lords of rings
Beztytuu by Mikatriks  
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shimmyrum Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
weird..i had a dream about this before lol.
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antony1988 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
wooow nice, so nice!
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TheBritWriter Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Dammit I want a base of operations shaped like a giant turtle!
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