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industrygothica
08-26-2010, 01:06 AM
Since I've been MIA for a while, I thought I'd come back and hit up a challenge. It seems that most everyone is going the island/continent route, so I figured I'd go the opposite direction. I've got plenty of time to finish this, I think.... I'm just more worried about the inclination. ;)

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mearrin69
08-26-2010, 01:14 AM
Looks great already. I really like the terrain rippling you've got going on there but I LOVE the titling...simply awesome and grungy.
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Jaxilon
08-26-2010, 02:23 AM
Fantastic color scheme too. Once the main challenge finishes I'll try to get back to this one myself. I'm falling asleep in my chair hoping for a second wind but I don't think it's coming. I guess I'll hit the sack about 3 hours early tonight...for me anyway. Man I can't wait for Winter, I can stay up ALL night then.

Katto
08-26-2010, 05:48 AM
Very good start. I also love the colors you've used. The font is a bit hard to read IMO.

tilt
08-26-2010, 06:46 AM
looking good - and I'm with mearrin on the titeling.. love that ... and the subtle land "bumps" :)

industrygothica
08-26-2010, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys! Here's an update... nothing but a bit of labeling, really.

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Jaxilon
08-26-2010, 10:15 PM
Dang, that really went down hill seeing as there is nothing to see :)

I see the ## Latest w ... ## but no thumb to click

Edit: Ah, much better now, that is really looking nice

industrygothica
08-26-2010, 10:17 PM
Yeah.. I was having attachment issues. Fixed now.

industrygothica
08-27-2010, 02:38 PM
Another update. I love Ramah's town icons, but I'm still not sure if they're right for this map.

-IG

mearrin69
08-27-2010, 02:57 PM
They're awesome icons but I agree that they don't really fit the style...too crisp. What if you maybe tried "watercolor" or another artistic filter on them?
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Ascension
08-27-2010, 04:16 PM
I think that, in this instance, they're too big. Of course, the first thing I would do is to blur them a bit to see if they can fit in better and if that didn't work too well then I'd just shrink 'em down then blur 'em. Mainly, I'd use the plain black n white ones instead of the color ones so that I can add more subdued colors. If you kept these then the map itself would have to be more colorful...one or the other.

tilt
08-28-2010, 03:34 AM
I'm with Ascension - try reducing the colors in them to fit the colors of the land, way to colorfull now :)

industrygothica
08-29-2010, 02:40 PM
Desaturated the colors a bit, and made the icons a bit smaller. I also ran them through a grain filter and added a .5 pixel blur to try and get them settled into the map better... what do you think?

*Edit* Just noticed I forgot to untick the global light box, and my mountain shadows got changed. Hate it when that happens...


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mearrin69
08-29-2010, 02:45 PM
Definitely looking better. Are you planning on greening it up at all? All that water makes me want some green in there...even though I really love the colors so I'm not sure how to do it without messing up all that orangy-yellow mojo.
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industrygothica
08-29-2010, 02:49 PM
I tried some green, but it didn't really work. I'm sure it was just the style. I don't think there would be too much green anyway, since Caprion is a desert region... which is why these lakes are considered hallowed.

Ascension
08-29-2010, 11:54 PM
Lookin pretty good there.

Ramah
08-30-2010, 05:31 AM
Maybe if you give those city markers either a shadow or just a darker nimbus around them, something to tie them to the map more. They look a lot better since you grunged them up but they still seem a little too "plonked on" to me.

Love the palette of your map by the way. Beautiful. :)

Map Vandal
08-30-2010, 10:42 AM
This is looking amazing!. I love the title. The color scheme sets a wonderful mood for the map and really draws me in. I agree with Ramah that the city markers need a drop shadow to anchor them to the map. I always find that extremely difficult to do effectively. Good luck.

This is definitely my favorite map in the competition. Great job.

tilt
08-30-2010, 11:09 AM
I'm with ramah, try to ground them more and I think you'll get there - definitly helped that you changed the palette :)

industrygothica
08-30-2010, 01:15 PM
Some shadows, as requested. I tried to add them several updates ago, but they just weren't working for me. They look better this time, I think. Also added a border. This one might be close to finished, but you never know what can happen in the weeks to come...


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tilt
08-30-2010, 01:28 PM
yeah.. those shadows look great... the "road" is a little long on the southern one :)

industrygothica
09-15-2010, 12:48 AM
Slight modification to the shadows... since my tablet is still packed up after the move, this will be my last update. Thanks for all the input!

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Jaxilon
09-15-2010, 01:36 AM
Dat's purty

Steel General
09-15-2010, 07:14 AM
Neat stuff, has a very distinct look and feel.

industrygothica
09-15-2010, 02:04 PM
Thanks a lot.