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The South Quarter by dominuself The South Quarter by dominuself
I usually close a year with a Thief related artwork, but this time it will mark the beginning of a new year, in which I hope I'll post more and be more productive.

The South Quarter is a densely populated district of The City, the main setting in Thief's fictional game world. The district has its own song, composed by Eric Brosius [link] and yes, Garrett is also somewhere in there at work, see if you can spot him!
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SkaarjOfAfrica Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
don't mean to be a bitch, but the Clock-tower is most likely to be the tallest thing out there, since it's not New York City and it doesn't have downtowns - they just use endless layers of low-story buildings in the games to cover the horizon.
Still, amazing artwork
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ZjQj Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
This is such an amazing, exciting piece. I love it. Is there any way I can buy a print of it?
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dominuself Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, there are prints available on Society6 ( society6.com/dominus/south-qua… ) and INPRNT ( www.inprnt.com/gallery/dominus… ) and both have free shipping till Sunday!

Thank you!
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
This is exceptional!
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Very nicely done.  It took me a couple minutes to spot him, as I was looking in windows and distant rooftops first.
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gamophyte Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
OMG when I need a skybox for my thief Fan Mission I'm so going to beg you for your art. This is brilliant.
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As long as you credit it, you can use this for Thief-related purposes :)
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gamophyte Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I just attempted to make it into a "distantart" background skycube today, but realized I may have to rebuild it with your photoshop layers to work in DromEd properly. Technically it wouldn't be this exact art piece here. I would love to still do that, if it's okay. I would still give credit where credit is due, but understand if you don't want to pass me the psd.
I am building a new mission for Thief2 because of the engine overhaul patch that is "NewDark" 1.21
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think I have the original PSD , but anyway I remember at some point I've collapsed all the layers :)
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Naeran Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good work! :clap:
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ElusiveKite Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Well done.
I'm 'mastering' a role play campain using this game setting, I can use this image when the players ask for a descritpion... :P
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dominuself Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure :)
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JocelynJEG Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I love this! It really makes the city come alive.
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:iconlytrigian:
Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, there's the taffer!
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TrickstersShadow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just perfect!
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:iconglacierdragon:
GlacierDragon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning, beautiful work <3
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:icondominuself:
dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^__^
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girl-with-glasses Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Wonderful palette and atmosphere. Beautiful painting!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
outstanding work! :thumbsup: :+fav:
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:icondominuself:
dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
you're welcome! :)
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evergre7n Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
gorgeous!! I love your Thief stuff.
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
"If you can spot him"?! Of course I can, that's obvious! :D (He's in the lower right corner on the rooftop.)

A marvellous piece, Dominus. The lights, smoke and shading... The only thing that puts me out is that South Quarter is rather a lower middle class district, so those high skycrapers seem a bit confusing. Neverthless, the artwork is enchanting. Thanks a lot and best wishes for 2013!
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, but those skyscrapers can be in another part of the town ;)
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
At first thought yes, but when I thought about it for a longer time, I realised it's a bit too near considering both the perspective and the size of the quarter you can see on official maps. Just think about it: who lives in South Quarter (apart from master thief :P)? Small merchants, maybe some modest families, retired people etc. I doubt anybody would bother to erect such high buildings for them to use.

Despite this little detail, the work is gorgeous and I bet taffers admit it :w00t:!
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Bagged-Milk Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had to contend to this comment (respectfully). Since this is a view of the city, with the South Quarter being the main close up, then the background (with the skyscrapers) would have to be Stonemarket and the Old Quarter, both of which have massive skyscrapers. Let's not forget the massive Angelwatch tower which is located to the north-east of the view (to the left).

All in all, this painting is gorgeous! And yes, all taffers admit this.
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I agree provided the painting is based on accounts before Angelwatch got ruined. Anyway, if we suppose the first two rows of the buildings belong to South Quarter and the rest are from other districts, then the whole thing is totally logical. I think it is up to discussion. Neverthless, the painting is brilliant and I love all of it. Thanks for your reply, Bagged-Milk!
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Bagged-Milk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was just looking or thinking about it from Garrett's perspective (when he's on the rooftops) since he lives in South Quarter which is by the docks. Since you would look to the east across the city it would be hard to not miss all the skyscrapers and larger buildings. All in all, I love any discussions about the Thief world, so thank you for replying. :)
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
So do I, among other things that amaze me with Thief is how it brings people together. The pleasure is mine!
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Bagged-Milk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There's a picture of a location that I need to take and upload here, it honestly makes me feel more like part of the Thief world whenever I pass by. I'll take it relatively soon and upload it on here. :meow:
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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Plutonia-V41 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it how much this resembles the classic Thief art style by Daniel Thron. The City scenes in his cutscenes were made using the same simple but effective use of layered silhouettes, with lighted smoke effects to give depth between the buildings. I've actually recreated his cutscene style using just Photoshop and After Effects, in various animations that I have used to spice up my Thief ghost playthrough videos. It's actually not that hard. Though with your level of detail, there would be a lot of stuff to animate per scene.
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Hongablaster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice! I can almost smell the city...
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Lewitje Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :)
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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MR-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Beautiful. I simply love it:heart:
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^__^
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Bee-Tulum Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
yes yes yes yes yes yes eys yes it's coooooool !!
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahah :D
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luluba22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man this a amazing work, give me some hints about how u do to get this visual effect
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silenthilldan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks like there's a lot of layering involved with the background and foreground buildings. Add some filtering textures, a creative vivid mind and a wicked artist and that's how I think that's how Dominuself created this. :iconoooohplz:
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
pretty much, yes ;)
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la-Structure-du-Ciel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved Thief - one of the things that made it so great was the setting and the art, and you've capture the style absolutely *perfectly*. :D
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Took some liberties there but I think it still reads THIEF pretty much, thanks!
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FikryFadhillah Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this! :D. Nice work! :D
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dominuself Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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FikryFadhillah Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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