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DarkWolfStudio
12-03-2007, 09:23 PM
Hello

I am a freelance illustrator and author working predominately in the RPG feild. I have always loved maps and have recently been putting my intrest into Photoshop and comming up with some okay maps.

I hope you enjoy them - I am really hoping to learn alot here and perhaps earn a few commissions as am always for hire.

I frequent most forums under the name Wulfgarn or Hamnar of Stridd

NeonKnight
12-03-2007, 09:56 PM
Welcome to the group!

Arcana
12-04-2007, 12:54 AM
Welcome aboard! Looking forward to seeing your stuff!

ravells
12-04-2007, 04:52 AM
Welcome to the wolf! Looking forward to exchanging information on creating ever better maps! Is your illustration solely maps or do you draw other stuff as well?

The Cartographist
12-04-2007, 08:49 AM
Welcome to the guild. Always good to have new members.

Can you post some links to some of your work? I'm interested in seeing your work.

DarkWolfStudio
12-04-2007, 05:27 PM
Thank you for your intrest

I do all kinds of illustration - but the main body of my work to date has been black and white illustrations.

I do not have a website but I will be posting a few images here and once I get a site up and running I will be happy to post a link for it here.

I am currently working on a series of Adventures for Lejendary Adventures (Gary Gygax)
and those are the maps Ill be posting.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/VrebaHaj04.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/Anatemagif02.gif

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/GrimfensSmall.jpg
the above is still a work in progress- it is not all detailed and labeled

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/Orb003.gif

DarkWolfStudio
12-04-2007, 05:28 PM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/GnomeChessplyr.gif

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/Brenna-Cats004.gif

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/ClrAxeman001.gif


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/DarkWolfStudio/Artwork/DwarfBerserker001.gif


Some of this stuff goes back a few years

jaerdaph
12-04-2007, 09:30 PM
Welcome, Wulfgarn! I imagine it's a great thrill to be working with Gary Gygax! :)

Archmagician
12-04-2007, 11:11 PM
Wow great stuff!!!

ravells
12-05-2007, 06:25 AM
I love the black and white spider. Beautiful work, darkwolf.

Did you use photoshop to make the map? I love the little pillow emboss around the edges of the waterways. What looks a little strange to me (although there may be a 'game' reason for it) is that all the buildings are point either NS or EW. The colour choices in the map really work for me.

DarkWolfStudio
12-05-2007, 10:42 AM
The buildings - I have to be honest - I have not figured out how to tilt shapes in photo shop- if you know how to do that I would be really grateful

Martin

PS in fact I am a little photoshop blind - still learning what the various functions do and more especially the terminoligy

Heh

ravells
12-05-2007, 11:32 AM
Learning how to tilt buildings in photoshop is easily done.

Have a look at the tutorials on Lyzardstomp's website (http://www.lyzrdstomp.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=73&Itemid=86). It's not mapping but if you go through them, you will very quickly pick up how to create certain effects (rotation of objects being one of them). See in particular this tutorial (http://www.lyzrdstomp.com/tutorial_tickmarks/index.html)for learning how to rotate.

I learnt more about how to use photoshop for drawing things (rather than manipulating photos) from this site than I have from any other.

Ravs

Gamerprinter
12-05-2007, 11:35 AM
Simple: go to Image in the Toolbar at the top, follow the dropdown menu to image/rotate - you can rotate by 10ths or hundredths of degrees, or flip horizontally or vertically.

You'll have to make sure you are using a transparent format like PNG or GIF, otherwise the background will not rotate with the rest of the image.

Its much easier importing your images to a vector app in order to composite your map - no raster rotation required, just click and rotate the corner arrows (but I'm confusing you - you can't do this in PS) 8)

Arcana
12-05-2007, 12:55 PM
In Photoshop I usually prefer Ctrl-T for free transform...lets me scale, rotate, skew, etc...all in one mode.

DarkWolfStudio
12-05-2007, 05:18 PM
Wow- MAn you guys are great!

I always thought I was a little weird about maps and really loving them - I can sit and draw them for hours- my personal campaign world once covered an area of wall some 8x10 feet or so....

Thank you for making me feel welcome

It is an Incredible feeling working with Gary

He is a really great guy

Martin

Midgardsormr
12-05-2007, 08:39 PM
Well, you're certainly not alone there. My gallery of maps is long gone now (to my great chagrin), but it once covered a very large portion of a very large wall, right next to my enormous crossword puzzle poster. I was one of those unfortunate people who let his church convince him that RPGs were evil, and I disposed of an insane quantity of maps and campaign notes. Of course, most of them were from a Rolemaster campaign, so I guess it wasn't as big a loss as it might have been! Just kidding--I still have a soft place in my heart for RM.

And Gary really is a high quality individual. He's a credit to the industry and the hobby at large. I hope that I will one day get to meet him in person and find out if he's as impressive in real life as he is online.

Gamerprinter
12-05-2007, 09:43 PM
And Gary really is a high quality individual. He's a credit to the industry and the hobby at large. I hope that I will one day get to meet him in person and find out if he's as impressive in real life as he is online.

I went to Gencon Indy, August this year (long story, but) I snuck outside for a cigarette (yeah, I'm a smoker...) on the outside stairs, a gaggle of smokers were out doing the same thing, anyway, I couldn't find my lighter, and Gary Gygax who was smoking a Swisher Sweet, offered me a light, I looked at him, looked at his name tag and nearly fell down the stairs!

Of course he was surrounded by an audience of smoking RPGers as he was describing his favorite D&D adventure.

I saw him two other times - he was signing autographs and hanging out at the Troll Lords booth. I never saw him at the booth though.

I was there 6 days - it was a great time! 8)

Sorry, DarkWolfStudio, didn't mean to hijack your thread... :)

And Welcome to the Guild!

Archmagician
12-06-2007, 10:47 AM
I went to Gencon Indy, August this year (long story, but) I snuck outside for a cigarette (yeah, I'm a smoker...) on the outside stairs, a gaggle of smokers were out doing the same thing, anyway, I couldn't find my lighter, and Gary Gygax who was smoking a Swisher Sweet, offered me a light, I looked at him, looked at his name tag and nearly fell down the stairs!


GAG!!! :shock: :shock:

Those are NASTY!! If you're going to smoke a cigar its got to be an Ashton VSG, a Tatuaje, a Bolivar, or perhaps a Fuente Fuente Opus X; come on have some class Gary!

:lol:

NeonKnight
12-06-2007, 11:24 AM
I saw Gary on the final day at the Con, I was at the Hyatt across from the Convention Centre, and he was in a Scooter (I think his wife makes him ride one nowadays), and I went up and and asked "Excuse me, are you Gary Gygax?" he said he was, I shook his hand and said it was a real pleasure to meet him,. and if he would Mind signing something for me. He said no problem, and I asked if he would mind signing the Expedition to the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk that Wizards had just put out, even though he never wrote it, it was based on his larger work. I was worried he would be offended, but he said no Problem, and he signed my book.

A great man, and a real pleasure to be a round.