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Elothan
07-12-2012, 07:10 AM
So.. Now I have done it.. I actually entered a contest:o
I do not have very large thoughts about winning, but atleast this will (hopefully) force me to complete a map within a time-frame, and thus keep me a bit more focused instead of trying a zillion new things.

Tha name is in Norwegian, meaning Cloudfall, but I think it works in English as well :)

The cloud I am using is this:
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Elothan
07-12-2012, 07:15 AM
(Sorry for double posting, It seem having to pictures in the WIP coded post was screwing up for the thumbnail scraper thingy)

This is my
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On this map I will also try something I fin a bit daunting.. Trying to learn how to hand draw mountains, as I always tend to struggle with mountains of any kind (So I just as well be struggling with my own :p)
As always, CC is always appreciated :)

(Names are prone to change)

lostatsea
07-13-2012, 03:50 PM
Congratulations on your first contest. Mountains are daunting for some people (me including);). Your work so far is interesting. Just my opinion but i think you need to round the tops of the mountains that you have . Not a lot just a bit .OR at least don't do all of them that extreme. Only new (geologically speaking) are that extreme . Just my 2 cents. Map looks good so far.

Elothan
07-13-2012, 06:44 PM
Yeah, mountains are a bit to pointy for what I like as wiell, but since I got my new medium sized tablet today I think I will be able to work in a bit better mountains.

I am also pretty much learning photoshop as I go along, so I got some work cut out for me :)
(luckily I got a lot of vacation time at the moment)




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Lukc
07-14-2012, 01:33 AM
I think your mountains are just fine! Stylized, of course, but fine ... there are different styles of mountains you could do and yours are just one of them. On the other hand, I would give a pointer with the borders - use this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the "pen" (bezier curve) tool in photoshop and stroking paths on a separate layer - it will let you make seriously nice borders :)

Have some rep!

Elothan
07-14-2012, 09:48 AM
Thanks Lukc :)
I tried to draw another style of mountains, but it did not work out quite the way I wanted, so I will be sticking to this style for now, and make the map more of a "retro/basic" style thing :)

Still a lot to do, but I feel I am getting the hang of photoshop a bit better now :)

Currently working a bit on color schemes and such, and generally fooling around and testing things out :)
Still a lot to do, like cleaning up the coastline, find a way to draw in or otherwise represent cities and other stuff thou :P

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Edit:
I am a bit stumped on how I should draw trees/forests that fits the style of the map.. I am trying out different things (everything from brushes to the "blobs" that are on it now) But Hopefully some grand Idea will pop up in my head with some sleep :)

Elothan
07-15-2012, 09:42 AM
Still working on trees and stuff, and I am realizing more and more that I will be more or less hand drawing the entire thing, witch while it is fun, will severely impact the results :p (with me being artistically impaired :p)

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Hope you all had a nice weekend :)

Bogie
07-15-2012, 07:34 PM
Coming along nice.

arsheesh
07-15-2012, 08:34 PM
Still working on trees and stuff, and I am realizing more and more that I will be more or less hand drawing the entire thing, witch while it is fun, will severely impact the results :p (with me being artistically impaired :p)

Actually I quite like your hand-drawn style Elothan, its charming. Nothing at all to be ashamed of.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lukc
07-21-2012, 07:38 AM
I'm with Arsheesh on the hand-drawn - a hand-drawn map always imparts a lot of personality to a map, if you ask me!

Elothan
07-23-2012, 11:53 AM
Thank you guys :)
Such things really make my day :)

Since I entered this contest mostly to learn PS, I have learned a lot, and most of it is what not to do:
*Realize that drawing your own stuff takes time.. a lot of time, since I could not stop at the mountains to get a coherent feeling to the map. (The only thing that aren't mine is the city symbols)
*I need to remember to draw upon the correct layer, especially since I use layer effects a lot (A lot of time wasted doing stuff over here)
*Make my own brushes before starting stuff ( Here I could have saved myself a lot of work)
*Found a way to color all trees at the same time, as filling each one by one is a bit boring.
*And fastening the power cable to my PC better.. :p (Guess what happened...)

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Still a lot of things to do, and my free time is getting more scarce, but I still have a hope that I will be able to finnish this in time :)

Chashio
07-23-2012, 08:14 PM
*And fastening the power cable to my PC better.. :p (Guess what happened...)

haha Yeah, I know that one very well... my old laptop has a broken dc jack, so the connection is shifty. I don't use it very often. Map is looking good. =)

Bogie
07-23-2012, 11:31 PM
Nice work, The color brings it out a lot. I like the border, it has a nice textured, slightly dimensional feel to it.

Elothan
07-28-2012, 02:03 PM
Sadly, it seems that I will have to leave the map as it is for now, even thou I fail to meet the deadline. I accidentely managed to hurt my hand/wrist somhow, andi need to let it rest for a few days :(
Still gonna finnish it later, competition or not thou :)