A few thumbnail sketches for the Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge from Asgard to the realms below, and Idunn's Grove.
I originally had the gate to the Bifrost built underneath the lighthouse, but I decided that design wasn't working. The gate wasn't big enough to support the massive lighthouse, which is supposed to be the tallest tower in Asgard. So I split the two apart.
Here's a more finished concept. I haven't done much design involving architecture until now, but I'm discovering that I really enjoy it. I really like this piece and I'm planning to paint it at some point.
A few notes from Sean Murray's lecture on designing landmarks:
-Well-known landmarks in our own world often have very recognizable silhouettes (i.e., Eiffel Tower, Giza Pyramids, World Trade Center). Play around with simple shapes and silhouettes-- both pleasing and disturbing.
-How does the environment (ocean, mountains, swamp) affect the design of the landmark?
-Sometimes landmarks are built around the remains of older landmarks, bits of walls or columns from earlier civilizations.