This is part two on Shattered plains thumbnails sketches. Below are some really quick thumbnails that I did for shattered plains environmental concept. The purpose of thumbnails is to convey the early stage of idea. They are usually really quick and scribbly just to get the idea across.
These concept of shattered plains is inspired by a great fantasy novel, The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson.
The Shattered Plains are a located on the boarder of the Frostlands and Unclaimed Hills formerly part of the Kingdom of Natanatan. They are aptly named, as the terrain of the Plains consists of huge numbers of plateaus of various sizes, surrounded on all sides by deep chasms. It is unknown what caused the landscape to form this way.

Below are the rest of the thumbnail sketches I did for shattered plains. I will eventually pick some of these (including part 1) and paint over.

Shattered plains thumbnails concept sketches

Shattered plains thumbnails concept sketches

The first one is a group of bridgemen trying to lay down the bridge so that they can cross to the other plain across from them.  Second to the right is some idea of possibly each plain are connected in some form of a branches.  Though it probably doesn’t fit the original idea but I could keep this one for unrelated topic but fun environmental concept.   The one on the far right is just a group of bridgemen in camp fire with huge boulders around them on a plain.  Bottom left, top view of a similar idea to the very first one.  The last one in the bottom is very generic ideal of shattered plains.  It is very similar to the idea from the first part, Shattered plains environmental concept sketches, because I ran out of idea at this point.

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Below are some simple tutorials that are related to the topic.
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Shattered plains thumbnails sketches part 2

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.