Monday, May 4, 2009

Big Qot'k Polyptic!

I made this for my final illustration class. It is attempting to show different aspects of Qot'k life as they would depict it.

The Great Hunt
Under the cover of night (as evidenced by the Mask of the Creator hanging overhead) the Qot'k hunters are going after their prey during it's mating season. Their prey use a light organ to signal mates and thus the hunters use a lantern on their boat to do so as well. The only problem is that so do the Anglers and occasionally the two mistake one another for their quarry.

The Fisher-woman
A fisher-woman sits in the boughs of a slanted reed waiting to catch an arrow-fish. The fishers are the holy people of the Qot'k as The Creator is a fisher-woman. They wait for days out in the reeds catching a wide variety of fish that are unattainable by coastline nets. The best catch are arrow-fish however as the toxin they have is used for anything from shamanistic drugs to medicine and a useful tool for the hunters' spears.

The Harvest
Reed-workers gather the all important reeds (which are something like a mixture between agave and bamboo) for the rest of the Qot'k. First they climb up, removing smaller branches as the go, tossing them down to their fellows waiting on rafts. Eventually the climbers cleave off the upper portion and the larger trunk of the reeds are sawn off and rowed back to shore.

The Coastline
Here the reed-workers unload their haul. They lever the larger logs into the air and fishers tie large nets to them for gathering large groups of coastline fish while the logs dry for other purposes. The other reeds are used for making building materials, food, fermentation, medicine, cloth, firewood and many other things.

The reed-workers build the houses in close proximity, attempting to promote community harmony and...

Unit eventually build larger housing units for multiple families. Four houses go into the base of one unit, the upper level having a larger cooking area and meeting hall. These are expanded upon as well.

Four units are joined into one complex. They are used for schools, markets, workshops and large public forums. Families still live in the base of these but they tend to have close ties the the activities of the complex.

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