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Depassage
05-15-2012, 04:32 AM
Hi guys! My first entry ever... No real idea for title here...

Quite excited and anxious, and not so used making a hand drawn map except as sketch base for digital work then...

I wanted to explore a new technique here... This will be my base background: pastels on notebook paper (so I already have a grid...). Then I will be 'digging' the caves with an eraser... hope it will work as I imagined...


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Jaxilon
05-15-2012, 11:07 AM
I like working with pastels myself so I'm looking forward to seeing if this technique will work. I'm thinking you are going to burn up some erasers :)

lostatsea
05-15-2012, 06:03 PM
Ive seen exceptional work done in this reverse technique. Looking forward to the end results !! And Good luck.:)

Depassage
05-16-2012, 09:54 AM
No real idea of shape, so I did as it came... and change of title, 'Nowhere' was too difficult to insert...

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RjBeals
05-16-2012, 11:21 AM
very creative - never saw a map like this before!

Jacktannery
05-16-2012, 12:13 PM
I like this a lot - very different. It feels like a map that prehistoric man might have painted on an underground cave. I love the simplicity. Excellent.

Depassage
05-18-2012, 04:50 AM
Thanks guys!

Here is my next step, not so easy with square pastels...

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Jaxilon
05-18-2012, 10:01 AM
That's looking great!

Depassage
05-21-2012, 11:27 AM
Thanks.

Next step, adding shadows and highlights with pencils... But I should have done the underground river first...

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Depassage
05-22-2012, 05:41 AM
Ok, next step...

Added some highlights I missed previously, and then added the river color and some rocks and trees masking the entrance. Not very satisfied of these... Also added scale and north.

Now I'm wondering if I should let it like that as finished or add some legend (or at least some figures for rooms). Any suggestions guys?

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Jaxilon
05-22-2012, 09:58 AM
I like that 3d effect you got going on there.

Depassage
05-25-2012, 03:57 AM
Thanks. I tried to make a 'bevel & emboss' kind of thing usually used in PS and the like...

It was fun even if I had no idea at first of what to do exactly.

Last step, I added some figures and I let people imagine what can fit in there... some hideout, some monstrous lair...

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