View Full Version : *** September/October Lite Challenge - A Fresh Perspective ***

09-16-2011, 04:38 PM
This month we're taking a new view of old locations. The challenge is to create a side on map. This can be a straightforward elevation or an isometric view. The trick here is all in the perspective - the subject matter is entirely open!

If you are interested in doing an isometric map, then a useful trick when placing a grid is to create a square grid, rotate it by 45 degrees and then shrink it vertically by 57.7%.

For each entry start a new thread in this forum with the title:
August/September challenge entry - <your title here>

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This will allow the thumbnail scraper to pick up the thumbs to create an array of the posts for people to check out.

Remember to visit the other contestants threads and comment/advice and so forth so everybody learns.

The winner of the challenge will win fame, glory, a silver compass and $40 store credit from Profantasy (http://profantasy.com/).

The challenge will close on the 15th of October. Make sure you get your entry done in time!

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09-16-2011, 05:01 PM
Is an entry allowed to be based on a previous entry? (I'm wondering about doing an elevation of the Indigo Plateau.)

09-16-2011, 05:39 PM
As long as it's a new map it can be based on anything, subject matter is irrelevant.

09-16-2011, 06:45 PM
Its a shame I can't enter.. But I wish you luck!

09-17-2011, 02:29 AM
Might enter this one - there are plenty of worlds I could map for - we'll see if I can find the time...

09-17-2011, 04:27 AM
Here is some inspiration! (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?13004-Kowloon-Walled-City.....&highlight=hong+kong)

09-19-2011, 12:25 PM
So this can be a side on map or a sort of 3/4 perspective style? I guess some examples would have made that clear. At first I was thinking along the lines of some of DJ's work but then some of the other details sort of confused me.

Not that I have time for it anyway.

09-19-2011, 12:58 PM
Man, that Kowloon thing is crazy.

On the challenge? Has anyone ever read Abbot's Flatland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatland)? It and Planiverse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planiverse) might make some good fodder for this one. :)

09-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Isometric, 3/4 perspective and straight up elevation are all legitimate. Just don't do a top down map.

Flatland would be a pretty col starting point for this one - though how you want to map a 2D world from the side.... :)

09-19-2011, 02:03 PM
Ah. Planiverse was from the side, not top-down. I think a map of a Planiverse city would be awesome! Someday I'll tackle it.

09-19-2011, 05:58 PM
Isometric view of stick men are still just stick men, so I will probably try something out here.

Of course it will be underground related, which means instant loss.. lol but this will be my first attempt at such a thing so could be fun and a learning experience

Master TMO
09-26-2011, 12:57 PM
Bah. :P I already did a side-view map for a challenge. And now you want me to repeat myself?! A great artiste never repeats old work!

Well, that and I'm spending my mapping energies on a specific map at this point in time. I look forward to voting on the entries though. Good luck all!

09-29-2011, 10:48 AM
Some examples of maps in this line that I've done, in case these help to spark some ideas (and to show that there's a commercial market for this style of mapping :) ):





09-29-2011, 10:09 PM
Hey, side-view / cross-section was my first map mode. I must've been about eleven; I'd take sheets of blank paper over to a friend's house and we would draw vast military maneuvers - typically cave-riddled hills full of stick soldiers and tanks, across intervening valleys. Clue to how much of a pencil-geek I was - my grandfather worked at a paper company, and one of my brother and my best toys was a package of large paper :-).

It may not be High Art, but I shall attempt SoMeThInG by mid October.

< now where's that pack of A3 paper.... >

09-29-2011, 10:21 PM
Funny. My grandfather owned a print shop. I guzzled loads of paper and cardboard...and pencils and glue.

Looking forward to the entries!

09-30-2011, 01:44 AM
some of us had to make due with A4 ... at least until I began my carreer in advertising/printing - THEN came the big pieces of paper - and my first work on canvas (unrelated) ;) ... today however, I find it hard to find room for those huge packages (width wise) - gotta build that top floor some day :)

10-15-2011, 09:42 AM
The challenge will finish today at midday New York time, so make sure you get your entries finished in time.

10-15-2011, 11:03 AM
Midday New York Time? When is that?

Edit: Oh sh**! I have 50 minutes left!

10-15-2011, 11:41 AM
No worries. There's only a few entries. i'll push it back 4 hours. Let's close this up at 4pm NY time (it's currently 11.41).

10-15-2011, 12:15 PM
I got it done on time anyway ;) sometimes a hidden deadline stops you fiddling with details that might be less relevant than you expect!

10-15-2011, 06:47 PM

All threads are locked. Voting will be up tomorrow.

10-17-2011, 04:28 AM
Unfortunatly I didn't get to finish mine, hurt my hand thursday, nothing serious but it did make me stay away from my computer for 4 days. :(