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professorthunder
01-08-2011, 01:31 AM
Here's the day version of a WIP for the December/January Challenge. I'm taking what I learned on my last winter-themed battle-mat and polishing it further. The tracks are simply copies of the previous layer, alpha masked with track like shapes, and then bevel-embossed down to look like indentations in the snow.

The snow is built up from Fill layers from several (4-5) "snow" like textures with render-cloud alpha masks with levels adjusted to make "islands"

Now to add in the "campsite" -- this is the hard part, since I suck at hand-drawing objects. Then to create the Night-time version. I intend to have the lake "glow" with a phosphorene blue-green tint.

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del337er
01-08-2011, 01:53 AM
So far this is looking very good. The footprints and tracks really add to the snow feel, and the icy/lake area is very well done as well. My only gripe is the black smudge near the bottom. What is that for? And why is it so blurry?

Jaxilon
01-08-2011, 02:07 AM
That is rather cool looking (pun intended) :)
I like it.

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 02:12 AM
@del337er: Do you mean the outlet stream? It's supposed to be frozen over and covered with snow. I may be able to add some cat-tail rushes or something to sharpen it up.

del337er
01-08-2011, 02:19 AM
@del337er: Do you mean the outlet stream? It's supposed to be frozen over and covered with snow. I may be able to add some cat-tail rushes or something to sharpen it up.

Ahh I see, maybe instead of drawing over your snow floor, you could edit some of those layers, specifically those with a bevel effect, to for a more realistic stream. There probably shouldn't be shadows of both sides of the stream, only in the direction the light is coming in at. Try playing with the bevel tool to get that stream looking a bit more realistic.

EDIT: You could use the same method for making the footprints and the paths in the snow, then once you have the stream cut out, you could add a layer of ice (just like on the lake) or snow on top of it.

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 03:01 AM
I've just about got the Camp laid out, making tents now. I worked a bit on the outlet stream, will definitely add some forage to make it work better.

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del337er
01-08-2011, 03:20 AM
Looks a lot better, but like I said before, try eliminating the bottom/right shadow on the stream, as the light seems to be coming from the top/left. Then lower the opacity of the top/left shadow a bit to blend better.

moutarde
01-08-2011, 03:29 AM
Might be just me, but that patch of 'yellow snow' kind of looks like a duck! Was somebody trying to spell their name in the snow? :D

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 03:45 AM
Here's my last update for the night, I created some tents and added in a campfire plus some glow. Still to add to battlemap: Foliage, Wagons?, Night-Time Tinting, and work on the streams. Now, is this lake a beaver lake, or is it hiding something much more mysterious... like a lake-monster... ready to burst out on the campers when they're sound asleep? Hmm.. to add a beaver lodge.. or not.

Also.. must fix stream...

And you know... that yellow snow does look like a duck! Never realized that till now.

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Jaxilon
01-08-2011, 04:09 AM
Those tents are awesome! The yellow snow that accidentally looks like a duck is funny and I hope you leave it in there.

What software are you using and are you using a tablet or drawing some other way? I am liking the look you have going on here.

del337er
01-08-2011, 09:47 AM
Tents are looking incredible man! Though you should fix the rock to 10:00 of the campsite, its cutoff at the bottom and looks way out of place. Other than that this is great.

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 03:36 PM
So I added in wagons, and a place to hitch the horses behind the rock at 11:00 from the camp.
I also added in a few boulders. Now, forage and brush. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can draw an quaking aspen grove?

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Gidde
01-08-2011, 04:02 PM
No idea on the aspens, sorry -- but this is looking great so far. My only suggestion would be that you still have a few hard lines in there from your tiling; you might want to smudge those out. They're subtle, but they tend to catch the eye. I love the footprints, you can almost see the campers trudging around making them!

del337er
01-08-2011, 04:18 PM
Very good job! Though I think the footprints on the lake should be a bit lower in opacity, lakes usually have less snow on top and more ice. Other than that and a few other minor things, this is looking awesome!

moutarde
01-08-2011, 04:26 PM
Actually, I would say with a pond that size, there would be a pretty much equal amount of snow on as the surrounding area. A pond that small could very well have frozen entirely before the first snowfall. It really is looking good though! I wouldn't worry about changing anything about the pond.

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 08:09 PM
@Jaxilon: I'm using Photoshop CS3, and a Wacom Bamboo tablet.

I used the warp tool to give the canvas tops of the tents and the wagons that "saggy" look, and then used 2 Adjustment layers set to "Exposure" (1 Hilight, 1 Shadow) to accentuate the shading.

I went and added in the shrubbery, the trees are just random lines with some tree-like shadows painted. I'm not really satisfied with them, but I've never seen a tree from the top down in any way I can visualize or use as a reference. Areal photos maybe? Hmm... Have to hunt for something like this. The boulders look better with the trees, anyway.

Any ideas on additions before I begin my night-tinting pass?

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jtougas
01-08-2011, 08:22 PM
Looks Amazing. the only very tiny thing I can see is that you have a wagon track running off the top of the map. Simply awesome :)

del337er
01-08-2011, 08:39 PM
Woww, thats great!

professorthunder
01-08-2011, 09:49 PM
I'm going to claim this is finished.

Day Version (Final):
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Night Version (Final):
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del337er
01-08-2011, 10:41 PM
Wow, this turned out so good, I really hope you win this one!

jtougas
01-08-2011, 11:14 PM
Very Very Nice.. You may want to put your grid layer under the objects. :)

Gidde
01-09-2011, 01:43 AM
Looks excellent, although I'd agree with jtougas on the grid placement.

Jaxilon
01-09-2011, 02:49 AM
I can hear the snow crunching under my feet already.

tilt
01-09-2011, 03:26 AM
looks really cool, I thought about doing a snowmap - not for the competition but more from being inspired from my own little plot here and the beautiful road and trees around me :)

I'd move the grid under the objects and perhaps make the lines a little thinner :)

and please note that the thumbnail scraber only will pick up one picture - as you have a night and day version you'll have to choose which one to feature (right now the night) or put them both together in the same picture :)

professorthunder
01-09-2011, 03:55 AM
Very Very Nice.. You may want to put your grid layer under the objects. :)

Thank you guys for the kind words!
You mean the wagons and tents? Let me post the various versions I have.

I fixed the grids:
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Here's a version with no props:
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Gidde
01-09-2011, 10:11 AM
Yep, that definitely does the trick.

del337er
01-09-2011, 10:20 AM
Ahh now its perfect, if only I could rep you twice.