Player name: AncientSkies
How did you find out about us?: Instagram
How old are you?: 24
Where are you from?: Colorado, USA
Are you in our Discord? Do you understand that you must have Discord running at all times when at your computer, and that you must check the forums every few days?: Yes!
Why do you want to help with this project?: I have been following the progress of ArdaCraft online for about a year now and have fallen in love with the project. What the community of the server is trying to accomplish is nothing short of a massive art project and being an artist myself I would love to contribute where I can to make this monument complete. I love Minecraft, Tolkien’s works, nature, and immersion so I find that ArdaCraft is a way to get all of these in one place.
Which Tolkien-related works have you read, seen or listened to?: I have read the Hobbit as well as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and their respective movie series and audiobooks. However my personal favorite work by Tolkien would be Farmer Giles of Ham, though unrelated to Middle Earth.
Portfolio: These are all tree-based builds with scenes that reflect their natural habitat. All of these were based from reference photos.
Scene 1: This build is of a relatively large English Oak standing alone in a meadow. Surrounding the oak are several species of grasses, clovers, shrubs, and wildflowers found in Europe. Set just beneath the tree is a small runestone.
Scene 2: This scene is of a mid-sized Silver Fir surrounded by ferns and shrubs that can be found in Europe’s coastal temperate forests.
Scene 3: This is a collection of multiple Common Juniper individuals each set in a dry mountainous grassland. Junipers, especially lone individuals, often take some twisted and unusual growth patters in nature. Here I attempted to replicate some of the unique forms of this tree. This includes low growth, overgrowth, split trunks, twisted trunks, deadwood, and foliage disease.
Plot ID: Singleplayer, as instructed.
Are there any types of landscapes you are particuarly interested in building? For example, coasts, forests, mountains, etc.: Though all environments would be great fun to build in, I am particular to grasslands, meadows, temperate rainforests, tundra, and high altitude forests. I am a botanist in life and these are my main areas of study. I am best at building natural looking foliage for a landscape but I have no issues working on rocks, rivers, or caves. Of course, I still have much to learn.
Other relevant skills: Texturing, some minor modding, building with Conquest, and in life I do fantasy illustration.
I would like to say that I am still relatively new to building some of the things presented here in this application. Given the chance I would love to hone my skills and learn from the other Landscapers on the server to help bring whatever I can to the table. Thank you!