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shepherd
07-19-2012, 11:02 AM
Hi all, first timer here with an early draft of an entry. I'd appreciate any and all impressions, ideas, and constructive criticism. My inspiration for the map was a photo of Mt. Everest peaking up above the clouds (http://www.explorehimalaya.com/gallery/everest-views/everest-clouds.jpg) - thought it would be interesting to plop a small city up there.

I'm not sure how to represent the clouds below, but this should give an impression of what I hope to accomplish. Thanks for your time.

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vorropohaiah
07-19-2012, 12:06 PM
are those meant to be fantasy floating mountains of just peaks poking through the clouds? they look a lot like the former

shepherd
07-19-2012, 12:39 PM
are those meant to be fantasy floating mountains of just peaks poking through the clouds? they look a lot like the former
It should be the latter, and I agree that the clouds don't look right yet. When I get to them I'll need to show them with varying heights, and lapping up over the edges of the mountains. And it may be too solid a field - some gaps to see land below might give a better sense of depth.

vorropohaiah
07-19-2012, 12:57 PM
Ok, well its still a WIP so its understandable. Ill be keeping my eye on this one :)

Seraphine_Harmonium
07-19-2012, 03:11 PM
I think the issue is that the bottom edge of the mountains is too solid and regular. Coming out of the clouds, you'd see the edges of the clouds ON TOP of the bottom edge.

For reference, check out the "small island" on djekspek's Step-by-Step tutorials (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16881-Step-by-step-tutorials&highlight=djekspek). Just imagine that those are clouds against the bottom edge instead of forests. The way the mountain and forest/cloud edges interact is right.

One other thing you could try would be having your mountains in one layer, and your clouds in a layer on top of them. Have the mountains go all the way down to the ground, and then cover them up with clouds that are slightly transparent.

shepherd
07-19-2012, 07:47 PM
thanks for the pointer on the tutorial, Seraphine... I was drawn to this site by the promise of little help like that. :)

Bogie
07-20-2012, 12:27 AM
This is a great idea for a game. Welcome to the Guild and the Challenge.

Lukc
07-21-2012, 07:39 AM
This reminds me of a D&D setting I used to run in, called Oberia, where the inhabitants lived on a narrow band of elevation, between the frozen peaks and the toxic-cloud shrouded lowlands. Nice! And good use of perspective!

Seraphine_Harmonium
07-24-2012, 06:32 PM
I hope you get to updating this before the contest runs out, because it's a real neat idea.

shepherd
07-24-2012, 07:32 PM
Here's a bit of an update... I didn't have any time for this over the weekend, and I'm not sure I'll get any more work in on it before the deadline. Got towns, trees, walls, towers, mines, water source, etc. - if there's anything else you all would like to see populate this map let me know and I'll see if i can't oblige.

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RjBeals
07-25-2012, 04:29 PM
wow - now this is very cool. Nice work taking the challenge in a different direction also. Your first contest might be a win!

Jaxilon
07-25-2012, 04:42 PM
This is very cool. I was wondering if you had the original reference image of clouds so we could see what you started with? Great job!!

arsheesh
07-25-2012, 05:00 PM
I agree with RJ, this is very cool, and has the potential to take the win!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

shepherd
07-25-2012, 05:41 PM
This is very cool. I was wondering if you had the original reference image of clouds so we could see what you started with? Great job!!

My inspiration was this photo of Mt. Everest peaking through clouds (clicky). (http://www.explorehimalaya.com/gallery/everest-views/everest-clouds.jpg)

lostatsea
07-25-2012, 06:01 PM
Very Cool Concept. Looking very good! I agree different is always good. Well almost always.:?

Bogie
07-25-2012, 11:06 PM
Yes, the new version is a huge improvement. Well done!

vorropohaiah
07-28-2012, 05:21 AM
looking good - i love the border too

shepherd
07-28-2012, 09:26 PM
thanks for the feedback... I didn't have the time I would have liked to on this, so the latest update will have to be the final. Maybe another month I can throw myself more fully into a challenge.