View Full Version : Village Map - A mix of Sketchup, Sai and Photoshop

09-29-2012, 06:59 PM
Well not photoshop yet, but eventually when/if I colour it.

I was going to enter this into the Lite Challenge (I love making village maps) but I don't think this one will end up having any kind of secret. I considered one in the well but not sure. I may still enter the lite challenge but not with this one. Something more out of my comfort zone.

Anyway, this one is an experiment I am trying out. I have made the basic shapes in Sketchup. Call me lazy, but this saves me a good hour of putting in guidelines/correcting perspective and stuff. And the buildings themselves serve as guidelines for anything else I want to add. I also use Sketchup for drawing individual things from weird angles too. It really is a huge help in that regard.

I've not named it yet. It was just be a random village in the Duchy of Galbrin I expect, far away from Sarastara (the big city map I'm working on).

09-29-2012, 08:37 PM
So you build the basic building shapes and village layout in Sketchup, take a screenshot, and draw over that in another program?

Very cool idea, especially for odd-shaped buildings like the octagonal one at the centre of your village, or the straggling layout of cottages off to the right.

09-29-2012, 08:58 PM
Yes basically. It saves a heap of time trying to get your guidelines and perspective right. Also in sketchup you can switch between perspective, two-point perspective and an orthographic perspective.

And once you have your buildings in place, when you are doing the actual drawing, your buildings serve as guides for any additional things you wanna add.

09-30-2012, 10:02 PM
I like it. I haven't played around with sketchup yet, but I think I'm going to have to soon.


10-01-2012, 12:44 AM
I'm a big fan of sketchup. I use it for things I know I won't get the perspective right on if I try to draw it myself. I also use it for some of my more "ornate" or abstract structures. That village idea is a great one :)

10-01-2012, 06:30 PM
I find it most useful for help with drawing things from very strange angles.

Anyway, I finished the lines. I think I'll colour this one before I finished off my city.

10-01-2012, 08:01 PM
Beautfull work. 5 stars for it! I loved it!

10-01-2012, 08:25 PM
Ooh, very, very nice. I'm with Mateus on this one Larb, I think you are definitely on to something.


10-02-2012, 03:06 AM
Very nice!

10-02-2012, 03:18 AM
Looks very good!

10-02-2012, 03:47 AM
Larb, this is absolutely awesome! I've used Sketchup a bit, though in other ways, and I did consider doing something like this. Well, now you've blown me away! :) Well done!

Helaas, I can't give you rep, since you got some from me too recently!

10-02-2012, 03:18 PM
I think i'll have to try my hand on this, very nice. I grant you +6 rep.

10-03-2012, 02:51 PM
Totally awesome. Rep'ed. I think I will have to try out sketchup now. Thanks for showing this.

10-03-2012, 07:30 PM
I really like this. Would love to see a large town done like this. How long did it take to complete?

PS You need chimneys on the houses. People have no way to heat or cook.

10-03-2012, 09:09 PM
It took me about 30 mins in sketchup and an hour or two to draw.

BTW, the residential buildings are Saxon inspired. They cook on hearths so the houses either get very smokey or it filters out through the thatch. No chimneys except for the blacksmith's forge.

10-05-2012, 01:04 PM
You said that you use SAI to draw the lines. I would like to try that software to do similar projects like this one. How would you recommend getting that software? But this map looks awesome, and the fact that it only took you 2 hours to draw it is amazing.

10-05-2012, 05:11 PM
You can get SAI here (http://www.systemax.jp/en/sai/). It's not free but it doesn't cost all that much really and it's definitely worth it. You can use it for 30 days before you need to get a license though so I'd try it out first before buying it.

10-06-2012, 02:24 AM
GREAT idea Larb, hadn't thought of using sketchup for anything but the whole project - so have some rep for a great idea and a beautiful little town... looking forward to seeing it finished :)

10-31-2012, 05:08 PM
That looks great! I have downloaded sketchup because of this map and plan to play with it when I have time. ;) (Great idea that might actually solve my "perspective issues". ^^) I cannot wait for this little village to get finished. It already looks so amazing!

10-31-2012, 11:37 PM
Sketchup is great for things like this. As a general non-cartography drawing aid it is incredibly useful. I've also been doing some other 3d modelling too. It has a really shallow learning curve so with a few (readily available) short video tutorials, you can be doing building/house designs really quickly. You can then export them as 2d images or texture them in the program.

For anyone who has found 3d stuff interesting but intimidating, I really recommend it. It's free and the tutorial and other resources out there are quite extensive are readily available.