Around 360 BCE, Plato told the story of Atlantis. The quick story of Atlantis goes something like this:
“The founders of Atlantis were half-human, half god. They created a Utopian civilization and become a very strong naval power as well. Atlantis was protected by a giant stone wall and made up of concentric islands separated by small moats and was linked by a canal that penetrated to the center. The lush islands there contained gold, silver, and other precious metals and supported an abundance of rare, exotic wildlife. There was also a great capital city on the central island. In the end however, people became greedy, petty, and morally bankrupt, and the gods became angry because the people had lost their way and turned to immoral pursuits. As punishment, the gods sent one terrible night of fire and earthquakes that caused Atlantis to sink into the sea.” – National Geographic
I don’t tell you this story to try and debate if Atlantis actually existed or not, but rather to help you visualize what this wonderful place might have looked like and give you a little background on it. As you guessed, you will need it for today’s DDI, which is to draw what you think Atlantis looked like.
Remember that the tale is very much entwined with Greek mythology. In fact, it’s said that Poseidon owned Atlantis and there were references to Hercules as well. Don’t forget about the jewels and metals in your design.
Don’t feel yourself limited to just an aerial of the city however. Maybe draw some buildings or focus on one specific building. Maybe there are a wall of statues or an Atlantic-like animal no one has ever seen. If you’d like, maybe your more interested in drawing what it would look like after it was sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Maybe they still lived and had to change their buildings to survive underwater. Go nuts with it and most of all…
Have Fun With It!