View Full Version : October/November Entry: The Spire

10-31-2010, 10:09 AM
Well, I finally had a chance to sit down and get started on something. A lot of folks seem to be doing nice town structures to fit in with last month's town concept but since I didn't participate last month, I've decided to do something a little less friendly-looking than a local church or tavern. So, I'm making a dark spire. Not sure what kind yet--it may be home to a viscous witch, a swarm of will-o-the-wisps, or maybe some old guy who just likes a view from high up. I'm sure a thematic motif will evolve as I go. For those of us who start working before we have any idea what we're actually doing, having to name our posts can be disconcerting... so I picked something generic but ominous.

I was also thinking that, once I am finished, I'd love to have this thing plopped into the CWBP if there is anywhere for it to go.

Anyways, this is what I've got so far. More to come.

10-31-2010, 10:14 AM
nice tiles RE, like the moss between them :)

Aval Penworth
11-02-2010, 08:05 PM
Looking good.

I like the way you have used shadow to convey depth. Where is the light coming from tho?

11-03-2010, 03:19 PM
Tilt - Thanks a bunch, I like the texture too--it kind of inspired the swampy vibe.

Aval - Thanks, and an excellent question. I am in the process of getting lighting all sorted, so it might look a little messy for a bit (or forever...) but I'll try and address it. Right now I am working on rough layout and getting the right vibe--hopefully it is feeling nice and damp and swampy now. I quite like the will o' the wisps.

I still gotta add some stairs to the top floor, and a bunch more interesting stuff--still don't know what dressing I'm going to put in the place, but that platform in the middle seems to be asking for something ominous, and the third floor has to feature.... something, no doubt.

11-03-2010, 03:28 PM
wow - thats amazing! nice work. very creepy!

11-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Thanks my man--I am still wowed by your first challenge entry, the Lookout Island, so your praise means a lot!

11-08-2010, 02:28 PM
Not much to say, still plugging along...

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11-08-2010, 05:11 PM
Looks great, Reckless. If I had one criticism it would be that I don't particularly like the font. Or maybe it's just the glow around it. Other than that though, top notch. :)

11-09-2010, 03:51 AM
Thanks a bunch, Ramah! I'll admit, I'm just awful at picking fonts. I always seem to pick the 'wrong' one. This one was just a placeholder though, so I'll no doubt be switching to a different, equally bad font shortly. :) I'll take your advice and drop the glow, though!

11-09-2010, 04:56 AM
Looks great, indeed!

11-09-2010, 01:52 PM
Well, I think this is about wrapped up unless I get any new bright ideas, though I might go back and rearrange some stuff. I feel like I kind of crippled myself for not coming with with some narrative behind the building--I ended up not knowing what to put in it, so I guess this will have to do.

I stuck the original shapes I based the building on in the corner--I saw Greason Wolfe do it on his, and I thought it was a good idea given the nature of the challenge. I also made a quick little 3D model.

Original was in 150dpi but it turned out too big a file, so I've dropped it down a bit...

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11-09-2010, 04:12 PM
I have to say it certainly oozes atmosphere and I love the way the lighting has all turned out.

11-10-2010, 09:51 PM
This is top-notch RE, well done.

Aval Penworth
11-10-2010, 11:01 PM
A visual feast! :D

11-11-2010, 10:59 AM
Excellent work RE. Love the included 3d image and the way you made what could have been rather boring into something that really rocks.

11-11-2010, 08:30 PM
Wow. Nice. You really made the changes in elevation on the floor stand out...that's quite a feat!

11-12-2010, 12:20 AM
Mearrin69--Thanks, I've tried a few different techniques for stairs and I've settled on one that is pretty easy/pretty effective involving several gradually contracting rectangles, each with a 0% fill and an outer glow layer effect (if they are leading up) and a inner glow layer effect (if they are going down). I'll get around to doing a mini-tutorial with all the tricks I've picked up sooner or later, I'm sure....