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Larb
04-07-2012, 08:41 PM
This is another village I'm working on partly for a friend. I'm going to try different style trees this time although I always do the vegetation last so I haven't started those yet. Still lots to do.

I've also got a modern small town in the works in this style but I'll post that when I've done a bit more on it.

anstett
04-08-2012, 05:38 PM
I am color blind but that looks like a river of sewage running through town there.

But maybe that is the look you are going for!

BOB

Larb
04-08-2012, 06:22 PM
I prefer streams and brooks that look a little more natural in colour lately (they are rarely blue in aerial pictures). So yes that is the look I'm going for.

anstett
04-08-2012, 06:37 PM
Fair enough, I look forward to seeing this as it progresses to get a better feel on your color scheme.


BOB

Larb
04-11-2012, 06:31 PM
A brief update. I've been a bit busy this week and I've still got another map to do after this one.

When I do maps like these I tend to switch between photoshop and SAI a bit. All my lines are done in SAI (like the sketchy lines on the roofs and stuff). I thought I'd get the chimneys out of the way early. By the way, to do those I just use a 6px line with a stroke and inner glow (normal blend mode, centre, choke 10, size 3 range 17) layer styles. It makes adding them pretty effortless.

The road exiting on the right side leads up to a castle which I've drawn a picture of but no map. It'll be labeled when I get around to doing that after I finish it. Still considering the name.

Lukc
04-12-2012, 01:38 AM
Damn, this looks good. Fast and effortless indeed, but clear and to the point. I really should try SAI. I have a trial version mouldering in my downloads folder.

One thing is, the river water doesn't look very, well, watery. With greenish water like this, you should decide - is it because of algae on the bottom of the river? (i.e. clear water, green bottom) or because of muddy water (hardly any change in toone from bank to center of current).

Larb
04-12-2012, 10:57 AM
I suppose it's a little muddy or silty. I live next to the Severn river and it is rarely anything resembling blue. It has an overall brownish tone which is translucent at the edges. I guess because I see it every day I've started favouring non-blue rivers and streams a bit more.

kestrelgrey
04-12-2012, 01:27 PM
Impressive - I love the style and level of detail. I'm curious about those walls (?) around the houses/yards. Are they just fences, or actual walls? Or are they ditches providing drainage of some sort? Maybe I'm completely misreading the map (sorry if I am). I like where you're going with that river; I lived on the Nansamond river in VA, and it usually looked like what you've got. Maybe a little bit of blue in the edges, where the water is shallower? It looks so good I don't want to suggest totally changing it too much, tho'. One minor thing is that the bridge looks pretty clean for a dirt road. If the r old was cobbled, I could see the bridge being cleaner, but it almost looks like metal right now.

Lukc
04-12-2012, 03:50 PM
I suppose it's a little muddy or silty. I live next to the Severn river and it is rarely anything resembling blue. It has an overall brownish tone which is translucent at the edges. I guess because I see it every day I've started favouring non-blue rivers and streams a bit more.

Ah, my condolences on the Severn. This is what my river looks like:

43963 (note, picture is symbolic, actual results may vary. Also, the photo is not mine ... I found it while cleaning up our association's old photo archive)

Veldehar
04-12-2012, 11:04 PM
A nice little town. Clean and efficient. The river does throw me off, LOL.

Larb
04-14-2012, 03:04 PM
That is a pretty river. The Severn certainly doesn't look like that at any point I know of. =P

Kestral: There are walls (the grey lines) and fences (the brown lines). I try not to add any more detail than that to them unless they are a big, thick crenelated wall. Also I have got around to adding detail to the bridge.

I just finished it (well I still need to add a key and stuff, but the map itself is finished). I tried non-beveled trees this time. Not sure about them. Now to clear the rest of my unfinished projects backlog.

Gidde
04-21-2012, 10:37 AM
This looks cool :) Personally I kind of like the muddy river!

feanaaro
04-22-2012, 01:31 AM
I am with those who don't like the muddy river. Sure enough, in real life most rivers are not blue. However, there is nothing in this nice style which looks like it would in real life, so why should the river?

Simon33600
04-28-2012, 05:43 AM
IT's really pretty...


What software did you use? Did you create the buildings yourself?

arsheesh
04-28-2012, 07:29 AM
Nice layout Larb. Your players must look forward to traveling allot, if for no other reason than that they can see more of your great maps.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

grangarian
05-08-2012, 03:37 AM
Nice layout, great style. Though the river is pretty dark for my taste. I understand that it's a muddy river, but in contrast with the overall map i find it dark. Maybe a lighter color would be nicer in this case. But that is my opinion.