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DevinNight
10-11-2011, 10:45 AM
Hey guys.. I thinks it's been a while since I have posted anything. I have been doing a lot of stuff, just not mapping.
This commission comes from White Haired Man (http://www.whitehairedman.com/) and is the first of several maps for a new region that they will be developing soon in a kickstarter project.

I'll post the work in progress images. Any questions or feedback is appreciated. I feel a bit rusty.
The 1st two here are the sketch from the client, the second is my revised sketch.

Thanks
-D

DevinNight
10-11-2011, 10:47 AM
Here are the early stages of the work. I know I have a lot more work to do, a lot of details to add.

Ramah
10-11-2011, 11:07 AM
Nice start, DK. Love the waterfall.

Dunno if you plan on doing more with the forest but I'm not so hot for that. The combination of the texture and what appears to be a drop shadow makes it look very digital. Doesn't seem to gel with your painterly mountains and rivers. Ignore me if you plan on making the forest less digital or the mountains/rivers to be more so. :)

ravells
10-11-2011, 11:17 AM
Wow, this looks like it's going to turn into a beauty! Well, we'd expect nothing less :) My small observation is that the perspective on the left hand tributary looks a little off, but it's probably just me.

tilt
10-11-2011, 11:57 AM
looks like a great start - looking forward to seing more and I'm with both Ramah and Ravi concerning their comments :)

jfrazierjr
10-11-2011, 12:12 PM
I agree about the forests. The mountains are very cool! One note, it appears that the the single huge tree has shadow opposite from the mountain shadows.

Looking forward to seeing this finished up!

On a side note, the client seems to have a really good starting sketch, I assume this was more of a time thing than for them vs skill?

DevinNight
10-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the all the comments. I will tweak the trees.
There will be some places, like the tree that will be locations, the locations will stand out, not sure about the current glow.. but something.
The client is a friend, and I know that given the time he could do it. I do a fair amount of work with them and they new that I would produce something of good quality in a fair amount of time.

torstan
10-11-2011, 05:31 PM
I like it a lot. I think the river could go thinner in the distance. At the moment it breaks the illusion of depth a little as it stays thin for a long way. Also, it needs to fade into the background tones a little, it's a bit dark in the distance.

I actually rather like the trees, and the colour palette is fantastic. Great work so far.

arsheesh
10-11-2011, 06:07 PM
Ooh, that's looking nice Devin!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Andugus
10-11-2011, 06:27 PM
On a side note, the client seems to have a really good starting sketch, I assume this was more of a time thing than for them vs skill?

I am Andugus of White Haired Man. I have some abilities, but I am a senior in a Graphic Design program with a full time job and family. That said, Devin has really been appreciated by our fans and does some amazing work that seems to evoke "exactly" what we have in mind. It's as if he can read my mind. Did I mention it looks great? The feedback has been awesome from others here and is appreciated.

jfrazierjr
10-11-2011, 09:30 PM
I am Andugus of White Haired Man. I have some abilities, but I am a senior in a Graphic Design program with a full time job and family. That said, Devin has really been appreciated by our fans and does some amazing work that seems to evoke "exactly" what we have in mind. It's as if he can read my mind. Did I mention it looks great? The feedback has been awesome from others here and is appreciated.

Cool... I for one would love to eventually see you come up something to post here... as I said, that initial sketch was pretty darn good!

Andugus
10-11-2011, 10:42 PM
I tend to execute tactical or location maps more than overland. I had submitted the previous setting map I illustrated back in 2007. I found out the links had expired, so I refreshed it.

Kith'takharos Region Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?1391-Kith-takharos-Village-Map&p=12431#post12431)

Veldehar
10-13-2011, 10:23 AM
DK is certainly an artist worth following, know I own some of his work! I'll be curious to see the finished work here.

DevinNight
10-20-2011, 06:52 PM
Here is this weeks progress. There are times when I really doubt my process and I think I do more work than what is really needed just because I try to work too quickly.
I think if I were to do this map again I would mock up the perspective in a 3D app. Nothing with any detail, just the general shapes.
I plan on painting over most of the trees, blending and shading to make them look a bit more painterly. And I'm drawing back in a lot of the line work I was trying to eliminate.

Ascension
10-23-2011, 10:51 AM
I love the sense of scale and the feel you get about time-to-travel to a place. I look and I can see how long it will take me to walk there and it pulls you into the setting.

DevinNight
10-24-2011, 01:59 PM
Thanks Ascension, I think the scale is off, it's supposed to be an even greater distance than it appears. Andugus or myself may come back and create a directly overhead version for a better scale.

Here is the final map.