View Full Version : September-October Mapping Challenge - New York Make-over

09-07-2010, 08:18 PM
WOW so many entries! Must map too... I must find time these months to enter the challenge ( been too long since I last entered :( ). This is just a placeholder. I'm thinking two directions, one is an aged and weathered streetmap (grunge grunge!) and the other is basically a 3d-ish 'make-over'. Dwarvish make-over, monster make-over, or maybe New York on the planet Calypso... I'll post asap. well, I already joined the avatar make-over fun :D cheers!

09-07-2010, 08:34 PM
and I have to say a very fine avatar it is too :)

09-08-2010, 03:29 AM
oh, I look forward to seing what you do - love your 3D maps so thats a winner in my book (a winner, not nescecarily the winner *lol*) ... and nice avatar hehe

09-08-2010, 03:47 PM
Ok, for the "aged paper map" I did a manual trace (omg, this took me a complete night :P ) of an old map (1923) of the city and started adding some grunge... Still not happy with the look but ready for experimenting now :D cheers!

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09-08-2010, 05:03 PM
Yeah, there's lots of roads in new york.... ;)

09-11-2010, 03:18 PM
That is amazing texturing work. I can't wait to see what you to with it!

09-13-2010, 12:16 PM
Every time I look at this I get a sick feeling in my stomach over you having to sit and draw all those lines. I'm thinking I would go cross-eyed and hurl if it was me. It looks awesome but I think I'd go mad.

09-23-2010, 04:48 PM
Ok, experiment #1. I used the carefully drawn streets to generate a futuristic version of New York (still in low-res render o save time ;) and did a quick blend with the original map. Not perfect but maybe I can get it to work... ;) to be continued I guess...

edit: oops wrong version, now good version

09-23-2010, 04:53 PM
looking good for a quick blend, but the two does clash a little for now :) ... how did you make the houses?

09-23-2010, 04:56 PM
thanks, the blend was indeed a 5 mins job to see if this could work. would need loads of work but maybe worthwhile. The city was generated in Blender using some procedural city generator. I used the streetmap and landmass to generate a bumpmap and in 5 minutes you got this nice city rendered :D

09-23-2010, 05:02 PM
it looks really good - don't know blender - but it sounds iike something worth checking out :)

09-23-2010, 05:07 PM
Blender is a pretty cool tool, and its free :D I dont really have a lot of experience with it but I used this free plugin (Suicidator_City_Generator_v0.41) that actually does the job for you, for large city generation it is awesome.

09-23-2010, 07:41 PM
some more experimenting. i did a high-res render and some more blending. A bit dark still but at least going somewhere ... and I must say 3d rendering of things is pretty cool, just love it when the machine does the work for ye :D cheers!

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09-23-2010, 11:11 PM
ooooooooh that's preeeeeeeeety and kind of gloomy/dark/forboding... YAY!

09-23-2010, 11:26 PM
That is awesome...It looks like you should be standing behind it with a pointer... :)

09-24-2010, 12:19 AM
That looks evil somehow. Very gloomy. Nice work, though.

Steel General
09-24-2010, 06:08 AM
Very Cool!

09-24-2010, 10:46 AM
Looking fantastic DJ....and that city generator is really cool too!

09-25-2010, 02:43 AM
Wow, it looks amazing.

09-25-2010, 03:26 AM
That is super cool I want to play with Blender myself now. I'll have to add that to my list of cool things to check out.

09-25-2010, 08:05 AM
crazy man. looks real !

10-17-2010, 07:53 PM
Looks really nice but the buildings seem a bit tall.

Eyeballing the map it looks like some buildings are about as high as the Williamsburg Bridge is long. The bridge is about 650m (2,150 ft) long (according to Google maps) where as the Empire State Building is only 381m (1,250 ft) tall. Roughly half the length of the bridge.

10-22-2010, 02:38 PM
Thanks guys, just hope I can finish this :( ... as for the sizes, the buildings are indeed huge but i thought I could get away with it as it's supposed to be in the future ... cheers!

10-29-2010, 07:57 PM
Heya, I didnt like where the map was going and wanted to finish at least one map for the challenge. So I did something I'm more familiar with. I created an overview of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, the first fort the Dutch build on Manhattan... I put the handdrawn streets of new york in the background, so the time spend on that wasnt completely wasted ;) cheers

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Steel General
10-30-2010, 12:05 PM
Very, very nice!

10-30-2010, 02:15 PM
that looks really good - but in all fairness, so did the other map - I'd throw a frame on it and call it done too ;)
and I'm soooo envious of your drawing skills.. just "throwing" together a new map in the eleventh hour... :) ... great work :)

10-31-2010, 08:21 AM
Absolutely beautiful. And like tilt, I'm also soooo envious of your drawing skills. I need to practice drawing more. I'd love to be able to do these hand drawn perspective maps....they're just so beautiful. I'm sorry you didn't like the earlier one, I thought it rocked. You should put both in the exhibition!

Aval Penworth
10-31-2010, 01:35 PM
Very nice drawing. I think your WIP from post 4 is more interesting tho

10-31-2010, 01:51 PM
Looks great.