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Bogie
07-13-2012, 02:57 AM
I am starting with these cloud pictures and this rock texture. I am planning on making a bridge over a river.

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Mark Oliva
07-13-2012, 03:55 AM
Now we're all waiting eagerly for the next phase ...

Depassage
07-13-2012, 06:39 AM
I completely agree with Mark...

Bogie
07-13-2012, 10:16 AM
Will be off the grid for the weekend, bu this is what I did so far. took the 2 cloud pics, flipped one, placed it opposite the other, played with brightness and contrast and made a mask of the riverside. then used that over the rock texture to make the land.

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lostatsea
07-13-2012, 05:00 PM
Nice start. Might want to tweak the rock texture as there is an evident regularity especially the seem lines. That being said I need to tweak my forest texture to get it too scale without it getting a pattern. Also add the (###Latest Wip###) so it will be picked up by the thumbnail scrubber.

Bogie
07-14-2012, 12:54 AM
Yeah, I like the rock texture but the texture isn't big enough without the nasty repeating. Have to find something larger.

Bogie
07-17-2012, 02:19 AM
Found a new rock Texture I liked without the repeat patterns.
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Bogie
07-17-2012, 02:41 AM
After tweaking the rock picture, I added the mask that shows the 2 edge outlines and deleted the center part.
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Seraphine_Harmonium
07-17-2012, 03:36 AM
Oh yeah, this is looking good!

vorropohaiah
07-17-2012, 06:29 AM
great seeing non-regional maps in the contests. that's a great texture btw.

Bogie
07-18-2012, 02:48 AM
Getting close to the end. I've used 4 different cloud pictures to make this. 2 for the riverbanks and 2 for the river.

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Bogie
07-19-2012, 01:30 AM
Needed to change a few things so of course I couldn't stop once I started and a major rework occurred.

This could be the final version, but let me know what you think.

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Chashio
07-19-2012, 12:15 PM
Sweet!
Question: Is that a wooden gate next... to... lava? :|

I notice, when I zoom in, a few sharp edges on the left-hand bank (and a hole in the rock that looks iffy) that you may want to blur out. Also, suggestion for the little eddies where the river dips out of the main flow area: Maybe take a large, soft smear/smudge tool, or liquify, to kinda push the lava into rounded whirls to slightly match the contours of the rock. Just an idea. It looks good as is.

Bogie
07-19-2012, 12:59 PM
Thanks, will try those ideas tonight.

Bogie
07-22-2012, 03:09 AM
I smudged/swirled the lava edges a little, gave the road a little more texture, replaced the wood door with a bronze door and put a border around it to give it a more finished look. Thanks for the advice.

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Chashio
07-22-2012, 06:32 PM
=) Nice! The border really gives it that extra goodness. Curiosity... did you make it from scratch or find it somewhere?

Bogie
07-22-2012, 07:17 PM
I found it on Google images and modified it to fit this map.

Jacktannery
07-22-2012, 08:15 PM
Bogie this is excellent. Does the bridge have dark shadows on the right and left side? If so, these might give it the illusion it is floating above the rockface a little - I would soften the transition between the rockface and the entry onto the bridge. But otherwise I think this is briliant - good job.

Bogie
07-23-2012, 12:53 AM
Thanks, I'll have to fix that.

Bogie
07-24-2012, 02:27 AM
I fixed the shadows at the right & left of the bridge and added a 5 ft scale label.

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Jacktannery
07-24-2012, 02:57 AM
I think that worked. Very nice - the colours are great.

Chashio
07-24-2012, 02:55 PM
That 5ft does not match the rest of the map style. I'd personally go for a different font and put it in black instead of white. Plus, it might look better in the box next to the skull. But that's me.

Bogie
07-24-2012, 04:49 PM
Which do you think looks better?

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Seraphine_Harmonium
07-24-2012, 05:28 PM
I like the third one. It is exciting, and bold, and the tail of the 5 doesn't dip below the shadow.

Chashio
07-24-2012, 06:31 PM
I like the third one. It is exciting, and bold, and the tail of the 5 doesn't dip below the shadow.

Yep, I agree.

Bogie
07-25-2012, 12:11 AM
Changed the font to the 3rd one. May add a few more details if I can come up with something that fits.

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arsheesh
07-25-2012, 06:03 PM
Ooh, I like those borders!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Realmwright
07-25-2012, 08:38 PM
I love the texture, but the issue that springs to mind is the scale of the map. How wide is the river? How large is the bridge? What if you were to do a turf texture for the shores and the bridge is a stone construction? That way you could use either rock tecture without it overwhelming the whole peice.

Bogie
07-25-2012, 10:18 PM
You must have missed the scale in the border at the bottom . The river averages 40' wide & the bridge is 45' x 10' spanning a slightly narrower part of the river.

This could be done with any ground texture, but it was supposed to look bleak and lifeless. A horrible prison in a terrible place.

Bogie
07-26-2012, 12:12 AM
Just added a few more details to reinforce the appearance that very few ever return from this place.

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Chashio
07-26-2012, 01:28 AM
Just added a few more details to reinforce the appearance that very few ever return from this place.

LOL (actually started tearing up, haha) =D Nice touch!

Seraphine_Harmonium
07-26-2012, 03:22 AM
Just added a few more details to reinforce the appearance that very few ever return from this place.


Haha, nice!

Bogie
07-28-2012, 08:35 PM
I added the shield / label to the map

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arsheesh
07-30-2012, 07:43 PM
Nice shield.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh