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LonewandererD
02-06-2011, 02:27 AM
Okay, so back in the comp run again with a new idea :)

After playing a lot of Prof. Layton, and influence by Orson and Oliva and Sherlock Holmes, I'm in an "Ye Oldie Victorian English" kind of mood. So how's this for an idea, word as gotten to the police that the notorious cat burglar the "Blue Bird" is going to steal the rare "Emerald of Eve" and the police want to catch him/her in the act. The map will be of the museum floor with notes and markings scribbled all over it to show the police's plan to catch the crook. Also around the pic will be small notes and newspaper clippings, just to add some depth and back story to the map.

Here's the rough sketch I did at work, will be working on the linework later tonight, it will all be done by an angled cut-away view not top down like the sketch.

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LonewandererD
02-06-2011, 08:19 AM
Okay, two updates, heres the linework and the linework with most of the conflicting walls and floors removed. I also drew in roughly where the doors will be, now it's on to detailing. Time to crack out the tablet again, it's getting a real workout with these last two comps.

I'm going to try and move rather fast with this entry as I'm also starting my third year of university this week.

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Ascension
02-06-2011, 10:30 AM
Don't neglect that schoolwork for mapping, bro. Had I been more diligent and less gigolo I'd have been accepted to a Ph.D program instead of settling for my M.A. and I'd have people sitting on a couch telling me their problems for big money instead of being a starving social-worker turned glass artist. But anyway, you've at least put some thought into your trap and I don't have the foggiest idea of what I want to do yet.

LonewandererD
02-06-2011, 10:47 AM
Thanks, it wasn't so much effort as it was a way to pass the time during a rather dull day at work. Ironic that you should mention social work because according to my grades it seems I would be more suited to sociology or anthropology/ethnography as opposed to psychology, still fascinating stuff though. A small update on the map, added the staircase and railings, there is a mistake at the top of railings on the staircase that I can't seem to get right, perspective is not my strong point. I also added a carpet and extra doorway for the hall and I added a papery effect to the background, it's subtle but better than plain white. More to come soon. Also I can't seem to fix my typo in the thread heading, could one of the Admin possibly please add the other r to February?

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LonewandererD
02-07-2011, 03:27 AM
Okay, completed the lineart, the little rectangles on the floors and walls are placeholders for pictures and display cases that are going to be added in later. I'm now moving on to colouring the place, already did the carpets. I am going to change the "weave" effect I tried to get on the carpet later.

More to come soon.

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LonewandererD
02-07-2011, 08:13 AM
Okay, did the basic colouring and added curtains for the windows. I know I went a bit heavy on the red but I wanted something radically different than what I normally do. Now moving onto shading and effects and then adding in the display cases. On a side note, I was thinking of shrinking down and altering one of my previous maps to serve as one of the wall portraits, would that violate any comp rules?

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ravells
02-07-2011, 08:41 AM
I like this a lot!!!! It's got a pixel computer game feel to it.

LonewandererD
02-07-2011, 08:47 AM
That's excatly what I was going for, thanks ravells. I got inspiration from the kind of artwork below, which is a screenshot of a game.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/videogames/detail-page/B002AU0HZQ.04.sm.jpg

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LonewandererD
02-08-2011, 01:09 AM
Okay, shaded the area and added the items for the portraits and display cases. As I'm going along I'm adding in small references/easter eggs that pay homage to others members of the guild. For convenience most of them are going to be community leaders, there are currently two in the pic, can you spot them?

Will have more done soon.

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LonewandererD
02-08-2011, 09:11 AM
This map is flying along. I added in the few final few details like the target object, the rare Emerald of Eve, one more portrait, some boxes in the backrooms and along the walls, the text, an enchanted statue, the police men and the inspector. Now I'm moving onto the next items to accompany the map, a telegram for the inspector, a note from a jewellry shop, a piece of a newspaper and a note from the inspector to the rest of the involved people detailing the plan. I'm going to arrange them on a woodboard background to make it look like it's been strewn out across a desk, still deliberating whether to add a cup of coffee to the items.

More to come soon.

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Gidde
02-08-2011, 09:55 PM
Haha, I only spotted the one really obvious homage so far, but the fact that you added the killer robot from your last challenge map is awesome. I'm loving this :)

LonewandererD
02-09-2011, 01:49 AM
Thanks, I had to use that golem again it just works so well. I can guess which of the homages who have found, the other one is just a stones throw away ;)

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Ascension
02-09-2011, 02:07 AM
Heh heh. I hadn't even noticed. I miss things once in a while. Now I'm sitting here trying to figure out the thing behind the pillar.

LonewandererD
02-09-2011, 02:11 AM
That was supposed to be a giant skull but it ended up looking too much like a cheap Cubone from Pokemon so I kind of tried to hide it in the back.

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ravells
02-09-2011, 06:13 AM
I really love this entry and great move in putting in all the easter eggs as well!

LonewandererD
02-09-2011, 06:16 AM
Well then you are going love one of the easter eggs I have planned :)

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ravells
02-09-2011, 06:46 AM
lol...eek! The one I can't quite place is the colour map on the back wall, is that, is it Clercon's featured map?

pm me the answer so there are no spoilers!

LonewandererD
02-09-2011, 09:01 AM
I have more! Making stuff to try and resemble and olden day feel is kind of fun really, I added a background (it's supposed to kind of a leather desk top, the woodboard effect didn't work) the first part of the title (will work on that more, I want to be kind of cartoony) and a telegram. There are four new easter eggs, can you spot them?

More to come soon.

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ravells
02-09-2011, 09:09 AM
Lol, very good! You've got me hooked on your WIPS now, looking for the easter eggs, (not that I wouldn't have kept up with it without the easter eggs).

LonewandererD
02-09-2011, 10:51 AM
Okay, almost done, I added in two more letters, one from a jeweller and one from the Inspector. I'm now going to add a newspaper clipping and will spruce up the title to be more noticeable and maybe a bit cartoony. Looking at it now it does seem to be missing something but I can't figure out what, any ideas? A border perhaps? As I'm almost done and have plenty of time until the deadline of the comp I might set this aside for a few days or a week to get other stuff done.

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ennob
02-09-2011, 11:53 AM
Very nice.

The "diamond letter" has a typo: 'transactions' should be 'transaction'.

tilt
02-11-2011, 11:06 AM
that looks great, really like the iso look ... and me not even haven put a single thought into my trap yet... Like the map of the map on the wall where the cops are waiting :)

LonewandererD
02-11-2011, 11:14 AM
Thanks, the map on the wall was just the older version of this map, the room needed something and that seemed to fit, maybe they would use it for briefing...

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lapada
02-11-2011, 11:42 AM
heh well every one ha said it already but this is looking pretttty sweet ^^

RjBeals
02-11-2011, 01:11 PM
wow this is great. What would be cool would be to hide the bird thief outside somewhere, or peeping into a door or window.

LonewandererD
02-13-2011, 02:20 AM
I am going to add the bird Rj but after a bit more sprucing. I've now added in the newspaper clipping and made the title a little more noticeable. All of the bases stuff is done and so is most of the detailing, now I'm just sprucing it up.

On a side note, can anyone find the 11 easter eggs?

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Gidde
02-13-2011, 03:09 AM
11? crap. I can still only see the one. Unless the letters count too?

LonewandererD
02-13-2011, 03:12 AM
Oh, some of the letters count... as a hint look at the address on the telegram.

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ravells
02-13-2011, 04:16 AM
Hmmm I've got to 9...don't know where the other two are!

LonewandererD
02-13-2011, 05:38 AM
PM me the one's you've got if you want the other two, one I made to be quite tricky.

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tilt
02-13-2011, 08:50 AM
argh... have a love/hate relationship with easter eggs... remember Pasis hidden faces - only found 2 out of 3 - and he told me that the first one I found was the difficult one...so its an easy one I never found... *sigh*... 11 you say... better get to work *lol*

LonewandererD
02-13-2011, 09:30 AM
Okay, as a hint to the egg-hunters out there, the eggs are either symbols or names hidden in the text. Also, all but one of them are either award winners or community leaders. The odd one out is really obscure, but a drop by my profile and some careful digging through the map will help.

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LonewandererD
02-14-2011, 06:42 AM
Okay, unless a keen eye out there picks up on a mistake I missed or unless i get struck by sudden inspiration I'm calling this done. I made the title a lot more noticeable, added in two little people, a small border and backing for the title, fixed up some typos and added a water mark. Also there is one more easter egg, making 12 in total, there are a minimum of two per item, excluding the title and background. The watermaker doesn't count as one, PM me if you think you have them all.

Over all this one was fun to make, it was completely different than anything else I normally do and that worked for me. Good luck to all other comp participants.

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RecklessEnthusiasm
02-14-2011, 07:24 AM
I really love the pixel-art vibe here. It makes me think of a level from a really cool SNES game.

rdanhenry
02-22-2011, 10:46 AM
Good ideas. I like the displays.

Did you misspell "incompetence" on purpose? Steele's note also has an "it's" for "its" error at "from it's case".

LonewandererD
02-22-2011, 08:53 PM
Um.... uh... blame the spelling mistakes on pixies! No, I will change them, good catch rdanhenry, thanks.

EDIT: Problems fixed.

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ravells
02-25-2011, 10:20 AM
Ooops just spotted another spelling mistake:

Jewellry should be Jewelry or Jewellery (depending if you want to spell it in American English or British English).

Another (tiny) one: you can see the back of the display case through the stone tablet.

LonewandererD
02-25-2011, 10:24 AM
Good catch Ravells, editing now.

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EDIT: Problem Fixed.

Katto
02-26-2011, 06:26 PM
"They stole a million" was a very good CG in the old C64 days. Your map reminds me much of this :)

LonewandererD
03-07-2011, 06:20 AM
Okay here are the easter eggs for anyone who wanted to find all of them. Don't read if you want to find them yourself.

Main picture
- Ascension's (CL) symbol is on the shield in the centre right.
- Arcana's (Admin) compass is on the stone tablet under the balcony.

Top left letter
- Gidde's (CL) avatar is in the bottom right.
- Leon D is an anagram for LoneD (member), part of my user name.

Bottom Left Letter
- Ravell's (CL) symbol is in the top left and his name is on the company name.
- 10 Sapient Lane can be changed to Sapiento (Award Winner).
- Gerald N. Steele is an anagram for Steel General (CL), just remove the D.
- Naut 1981 is Juggernaut1981 (Member) from friend's list.

Top Right Letter
- The Mask of Cartog is basically a redo of Tilt's (CL) avatar.
- The suit of armour was drawn by Moutarde (January's Award Winner), his name also appears in the article.

Bottom Right Letter
- Diamond Standard is Diamond (Award Winner)
- Gamern Printing is Gamerprinter (PA)
- Samual Ramah is obviously just Ramah (Award Winner)

I've also reference some of my previous works in the pic but they are not worth mentioning. Hope soe of you had fun egg hunting.

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ravells
03-07-2011, 08:03 AM
Ah thanks for revealing the Easter eggs! I had a lot of fun hunting for them!

tilt
03-07-2011, 11:21 AM
yes, thanks for the reveal.. didn't find them all so I'm pleased to hear the rest :)

and thanks for my place in your map as well :)

Ascension
03-07-2011, 06:24 PM
The armor and the mask got me. Coolness.