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Asylum by Annika-86 Asylum by Annika-86
"And into Asylum - like a great, black engine roaring to eternity, ravaging the already benighted landscape with its savage, malevolent presence.
And within, the legions of the truly damned. Insanity sheer and stark and once in human form, now gutted and torn by eons of glutted indulgence.
Their bloodlust flecking the oily walls, living in the shirks of victims ensnared, hanged, drawn and quartered by the serpent's squalid writhings.
This is the place I have not wanted to dream of, and the dream is now the place I partly live through."
[Quote from a cutscene from the videogame Shadow Man, by Acclaim Entertainment]

Ok so this is a piece I did last year, took me a while to finally upload it here.
This is my fan version of the infamous Asylum, the place where all the madmen and assassins go when they die. If you ever played Shadow Man in the late 90s you'll probably know what this place's about. Personally I wouldn't wish even my worst enemy to end in there.
I imagined a number of railways coming in and out of this construction, since the people of the Asylum (I mean the pigmen and the surgeons) probably need to capture deadsiders all around Deadside to gain enough raw material for their unglorious purposes.

This work was originally done for a fan remake of Shadow Man, now it's also the cover artwork for Tim Haywood's music serie Asylum: Dark Chambers. Since Tim was the sound designer of the original game, you should definitely check his soundcloud for more creepy music from and inspired by the game, and more great music [link]

Also here you'll find a vibrant fan comunity of the game, including also people who worked at the original Shadow Man. Any question you've always wanted to ask, this is the place ;) [link]
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Taira2032 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   General Artist
Home sweet home! :P
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent tribute to one of the most messed up places I've had to explore in a video game.
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Artist
Again, sorry for being late lol Thank you! ;)
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MrNagoya Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Waaaah ! I love it !
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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omnistar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This game was awesome and I still think it is now. You did a great job capturing the dark and morbid feeling that the asylum had in this pic.
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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omnistar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Anytime!
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"and there were the love, immense, unclean. but this love isn't for me, and i don't feel it. fools can believe in it, but me, i just believe in fools" asylum - sell's corridors

this is my traduce of the text that we have in the french version ^^. yes this is one of my favorite game. we're in 2012 and i still play it =D .

about your art, this is amazing. we feel really how asylum is enormous and unclean. i love this one. and there are here the most frightening enemis. these one with hooks who made "HUUUUUUAAAAAAAA" and then made kind of pigs growl ^^
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artist
Pretty much like the italian version :P

Ahah lucky you ;) I gave my copy to a friend years ago and never got it back. But seems it wouldn't make any difference now since the game wouldn't work on my mac. :| boo hoo..

Thank you for your comment! Yes, it's 2012 and for me too it's difficult to find that nightmarish atmosphere again in other games I have played :) (I have to say Dead Space is very close to that, in my personal opinion, and as for the games I have played so far that can be compared to SM).
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now about your art, i'm trying to do something like that and have a lot of idea. but i really don't know how to realize them. can you say me how you proceed for making a map like this?
i have a story for a personnal project , the badguy's general district is a dark tower in the hell and the hell's strate look like of dead side (that was a little my inspiration for the hell of my manga ^^ ). the hell is make into 4 strates. common strate where souls go free of all, then the beast hell where warrior fight for the eternity , then the eternal punichment where is this tower , the laboratorium animabus damnatis, a giant laboratory where unclean experiment are made and where a lot of chimeras are born (quite like the play room of the asylum) , and the army of the badguy, and the last strate is the one where hades live ^^.
i would like to realise a lot of these strates but don't know how to make these map=/
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I'm not sure what you mean with "map". You mean a scenery, a landscape?

I don't call myself a proper concept artist, I haven't done many of these works lately. Usually it takes me several times before creating something decent so I'm not sure I'm the right person to ask how to do it :) I look forward to eprove my skills, when job deadlines cools down a bit eheh.

Anyway, what I do first is to take some time to find inspiration and collect references. For this one I took a painting of the Babel Tower from Peter Bruegel (that inspired the original Asylum too) as a starting point.
If you already know what you want to draw you are at a good point, tho it's not necessary that you have a clear image in your mind.
Once you have all you need, start sketching, also random sketches on paper (or canvas or PS document...).
If you work on photoshop you may like this tutorial, I have found it really really helpful [link]

It may be frustrating at first (it took me 2 different efforts, from a blank PS document, before this Asylum), but don't give it up.

It's not much but I hope this helped :)
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot =D it will help. i have a clear image of what i want to draw, but didn't know to to do it. thak you verry much, yea you really help me ^^. oh and i work on paint tool sai, toshop is hard for me ^^
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yea =/. my really frightening games are shadow man and the 1st resident evil (remake of the gamecube).
and i can't really found these nightmarish feels now, as you say dead space are close, and probably the only one that could some times make you jump on your sit ^^. the new silent hill and resident evil are dull ...
by the way it's an old game now, but you can found the athmosphere of resident evil/sm in a game who's on ps2 and is called project zero
you're a student who's making an "enquette" on the vanishing of her brother in a dark and haunted japaneese house. the athmosphere is really heavy and dark in this game and sometimes you see ghost who are moving in the house. you have only for self defending a light and a magic camera that could deliver agressive ghost. it's a really good game
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Yeah I know Project Zero (or was it Fatal Frame?), now I remember :) I was never able to beat the final boss tho. lolol
Never played (yet!!) nor the Resident Evil serie, neither Silent Hill...don't ask me why, I don't know :D
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD. try on the 14st resident evil on gamecube (it fit on wii) . this is an amazing game =D
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Annika-86 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Will try it then, thanks! ;)
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sakuchaoran Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
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