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Celsius 13 - Skytowers concept by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Skytowers concept :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 248 10 Celsius 13 - Duo by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Duo :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 126 5 Celsius 13 - Funeral in Little Parthena by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Funeral in Little Parthena :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 283 11 Celsius 13 - Funeral in Low-East-Halcyon by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Funeral in Low-East-Halcyon :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 164 3 Celsius 13 - Crone by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Crone :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 1,618 51 Project Artbook 26 by Jan-Wes Project Artbook 26 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 347 9 Project Artbook 10 by Jan-Wes Project Artbook 10 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 181 7 Project Artbook 06 by Jan-Wes Project Artbook 06 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 146 2 Celsius 13 - Crone Variation by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Crone Variation :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 904 36 Celsius 13 - Crone Sketch by Jan-Wes Celsius 13 - Crone Sketch :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 378 16 Maysketchaday - Sketch 18 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 18 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 144 3 Maysketchaday - Sketch 13 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 13 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 26 1 Maysketchaday - Sketch 17 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 17 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 85 1 Maysketchaday - Sketch 11 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 11 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 86 4 Maysketchaday - Sketch 05 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 05 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 77 0 Maysketchaday - Sketch 04 by Jan-Wes Maysketchaday - Sketch 04 :iconjan-wes:Jan-Wes 37 4

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The Next Big Interview: Jan-Wes

I really love art that tells a story and art that can evoke an emotion in the viewer. I also love it when lighting and color are really striking and pull you into a world. And when all of these get mixed together with fantastic understanding of form and drawing skills, I won't be able to stop looking at it..."– Jan-Wes 

Based on his observations in the above excerpt, Jan-Wes might as well have been describing the very reasons why viewers find his art so visually stimulating and engaging. A concept artist and illustrator from Germany, Jan's considerable creativity is highlighted in his personal world-building project, exploring a struggling, underdeveloped society in outer space where resources are scarce and controlled by one group, resulting in an oppressive dichotomy between advancement and stagnation. Delve further into this intriguing narrative framework in the following interview, and learn how J
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Jan Weßbecher
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Concept Artist | Illustrator

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Celsius 13 - Skytowers concept
It's a concept for a painting I am working on. I'm figuring out some architectural stuff for it :)
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Celsius 13 - Funeral in Little Parthena

Here is the second drawing, with funeral traditions as its theme and the usual flavour text! checkitout :D

Little Parthena

This district had been mostly abandoned for quite some time, due to some essential lifesupporting systems being shut off. When one of the many Artisan Groups that nomadically roam the city made their new home in Little Parthena, they repaired most of the air flow systems, as well as some of the smaller water and steam pipelines.
These Groups, sometimes clans and families, sometimes cliques of likeminded individuals, dedicate themselves to their traditional craft. Handed down from generation to generation, they hone their skills and bring some much needed technological know-how to the less well off in the city.
Usually, advanced prosthetics are prohibitevily expensive and those that need them most, the working people who bear the most risk of loosing a limb, will likely never have high quality availible to them. 
Through bartering and trading with the Artisan Nomads though, surprising treasures can be found by the ones daring to associate with these people.
Corporations will put bountys on their heads if they feel their bottom-line threatened by their undercutting strategies. As such, they never stay long in the same place. 
This lifestyle led to their unusual funeral traditions. These clans reverre their ancestor master artisans. When they die after a lifetime of striving for excellence in their chosen craft, they will be embalmed and carried with the clan.
They are still part of the family and will ceremoniously be sought for guidance and advice, as well as judgement on newly crafted pieces. 
When the clan makes a new home for themselves, first order of business is setting up a shrine where the ancestors' bodies are placed. The surroundings are usually choosen by their atmosphere, preferrably dry and cold, so the bodies don't fall prey to rot. In display as well are some of the artifacts and masterpieces the dead Master has created during his life. 
A stranger will rarely be able to attain one of these pieces, but not impossible. Some clans are more benevolent than others and believe in paying respect to the fruits of their labour by using, rather than showing them.

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Celsius 13 - Funeral in Low-East-Halcyon

I'm drawing a three piece about funeral practices on Celsius 13 right now. Here is the first one, as well as some flavor text ;)

Originally, the first colonists on Celsius 13 brought with them the funeral procedures that were most common while traveling the stars. The deceased were usually preserved for on-planet burial or cremation. Some wished to be jettisoned into the void, harking back towards old earths' burials at sea.
Very constrained resources made lavish festivities uncommon and reserved for the truly beloved and important. 
However, soon after the Colony had been left to its own devices after the Exodus, population growth was left unchecked and an unbound city quickly devoured the surrounding, half terraformed tundra. 
It's outer rims crept wide, even miles in a year, always in rythm with the short warm season the frigid sun granted. Outwards from the old core districts on the other hand, construction soon pierced through layers of smog and clouds, allowing rich patrons a gasping breath of fresh air.
But where to bury your dead when open ground is now miles and miles away? Where to burn them, when a thousand stories above you still there is no sky? New customs started forming from necessity. Some lineages, even whole districts, retained fragments of their earth heritage and
you can still see those shine through, despite the centuries. Others formed themselves, minted by the environment of the district it's practicioners inhabit.

First example:

Low-East-Halcyon

The fungus farms of district Low-East-Halcyon are at the center of all it's inhabitants daily lives. It's a Ring-120 district. Like a on a tree, the Cities' growth can be traced by counting the rings of districts it adds on each year. This one was established almost four centuries ago, making it one
of the oldest districts. It's also a groundlevel district. Above it are stories upon stories more construction, thus shrouding it in a perpetual twilight. On the upside, this situation means the average temperatures even in the ripping cold winters of Celsius 13 are degrees higher then the upper levels.
Ideal conditions to cultivate all kinds of fungus. They provide for a whole host of basic needs of the city. The people caring for the fungus, in typical C-13 fashion, accumulate as much knowledge about farming it as possible. Then they make sure no one else ever learns their secrets; by all means necessary.
Thus made indispensible, long uninterrupted lineages of Low-East-Halcyon bloodlines survived the ages. This district has flourished ever since its foundation and in turn, the inhabitants have formed their culture around it. 
Their funeral rites pay respect to what supports them daily. When a member of one of the Halcyon-families dies, a procession of their beloved and their farmhands carries them atop their shoulders towards the dehydration chambers. Once arrived, the body is cleansed ritualy and sprayed with clear spirits.
Accompanied by low drums, slow rhythmic dances are performed while the deceased is dehydrated into dust. His water is collected in large ritual flasks, which, once they are filled, will be emptied into the hydration tanks for the growth-chambers, while his dust is spread as fertilizer atop the fungus itself.

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Celsius 13 - Crone
"On Celsius 13, due to a violently defended monopoly on high quality medical services and medical knowledge by a single corporation, many poor citizens are forced to seek other avenues to aid their suffering loved ones. Cults and sects sprout from the slum sectors, promising hope in exchange for a life devoted or limb sacrificed."

It's done :)
You can check out some progress shots on my Artstation.com profile! www.artstation.com/artwork/Bnd…
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Jan-Wes Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, 
I don't know how far you are gonna get listening to podcasts if you don't already have a good grasp on spoken german.
I do know though, that there are some online programs that allow you to learn languages with the help of native speakers.
Can't remember the name exaclty, might have been duolingo or something like that.
If you are looking for more passive listening, I'd recommend just listening to radio news or news broadcasts.
deutschlandfunk.radio.net/ or www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/l… or something like that.

hope that helps :)
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1padaras Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Hi!

First of all, thank you for answering to my message! 

You are right. Podcasts and audio books will not do me any good. I tried to watch some German TV show and I didn't understand a thing :D I guess I'm not patient enough and I have to learn at least basics first :D Yes, I started using Duolingo and it's awesome. I already learned many things, but still it's a long way to go :) 

Thank you for the links, I will check them for sure :)
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marioballen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016   Digital Artist
You are an inspiration for me.. Keep it up, cheers.
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haveithosted Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Your collection is really amazing and unique! 
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DM7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! I'm honored to find your gallery (I saw you on FB). Truly in awe with your latest pieces. :heart:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
You've an amazing imagination; pleasure to've found your gallery! :iconbritishplz:
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Jan-Wes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you, enjoy yourself on your stay ;)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   Traditional Artist
I certainly shall! :dummy:
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Obliviox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found your page and I love it. Also, happy belated Birthday.
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Jan-Wes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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