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Cisticola
10-11-2012, 07:40 PM
Hi folks,

Well lets go for a bit of Lovecraft! I am going to do the opening scene of 'Call of Cthuthu', The finding of the 'Horror in Clay'.....

I am not going to start with a map, but a prop, I will tie all these little illustrations & props into one finished map.....

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Cisticola
10-11-2012, 08:51 PM
Right, just getting the layout together, needs a few more props & wording to tie the story to the maps, plus the maps need finishing. Its getting there. Not sure if I should keep it colour or go for monochrome?

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Cisticola
10-12-2012, 01:03 AM
That's more the look I wanted, quite a task I set myself, I want to capture the atmosphere of that first chapter of Lovecraft's short story. Changed the background, with a hint a some dark tentacles at the bottom. Props work, the telegram works well as a link to the next chapter, but I might make it bigger. Tried out some text to see if the font works, happy with that. The maps are just there to show layout, I'll concentrate on those next, which should bring the whole piece together...:D

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Bogie
10-12-2012, 01:41 AM
Coming along Brilliantly! When you get to your final post, don't forget you can post up to 4MB sized images, so don't skimp on the resolution.

ravells
10-12-2012, 12:36 PM
Looking really good! I like your ideas!

torstan
10-12-2012, 01:06 PM
That's looking great. Did you do the original illustration (first post)? That's awesome!

Cisticola
10-13-2012, 05:35 AM
That's looking great. Did you do the original illustration (first post)? That's awesome!

Hi Torstan, yes its an original image. A pencil line drawing scanned into Inkspace, tidied up, then exported to Gimp & added shading & textures.

Thanks for the support guys, on schedule to finish this one. :)

Cisticola
10-13-2012, 09:48 AM
OK, this the last tweaks to layout, all pretty minor. Added the clay statue & box to map (some minor changes to map as well) to tie in with the picture & increased the size of the telegram. Now the fun part, some shadows & lighting effects, & good old fashioned tweaks with an airbrush......

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torstan
10-13-2012, 11:17 AM
That's awesome - it looks great! It seems I gave some erroneous advice in the original challenge thread. I've updated your tag from "Latests Entry" to "Latest WIP" and it should now be showing up in the challenge thumbs. Sorry for the mix up.

Korash
10-13-2012, 12:25 PM
Damn that IS nice.

Just wish it was larger, 'cause I want to jet a better look at the cover of the book in the lower left corner. Mad Abdul's work perhaps?

Cisticola
10-13-2012, 02:45 PM
Just post what I've done today. Put the text in & started the lighting & shading, lots to do yet, don't worry about the second room its not going to be that dark. Trying to make the mundane, a car & 2 rooms seem sinister.

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Korash
10-14-2012, 11:50 AM
Well, I think you did a good job of that. I an not too sure that the car shadow isn't a bit too long though. The implied angle doesn't match that of the window imho. One other point; are you planning on doing something about the connecting wall between the two rooms? or is it intentional for the background picture to show through?

Looking good :)

Cisticola
10-14-2012, 03:51 PM
Well, I think you did a good job of that. I an not too sure that the car shadow isn't a bit too long though. The implied angle doesn't match that of the window imho. One other point; are you planning on doing something about the connecting wall between the two rooms? or is it intentional for the background picture to show through?

Looking good :)

Hi Korash, The window shadows are from the same source of light as that of the car (top left corner of picture), I draw lines on a layer in Gimp to make sure they line up rather than do it be eye. The shadows are intentionally long. I am re-doing the shadows & lighting, that was more of a quick test so some of it may look squiff. The maps are intentionally disjointed. Tried them together, but they looked better this way.:)

Korash
10-14-2012, 10:34 PM
Sorry, I guess I should have made it clearer as to what I meant about the shadow of the car. I agree about the angle (as in the light coming from the top left), but the height of the light source in the window is high in the sky, where as the light source for the car seems to a lot closer to street level. I also get where you are coming from with the long shadows, but I wanted to make you aware in case you weren't. It is often the subtle irregularities in a scene that create the best psycho thriller stuff in my mind..."something just doesn't feel right about this, but I don't know why.." sort of thing. So well done so far.

arsheesh
10-15-2012, 05:30 PM
This looks really promising Cisticola. I look forward to watching it progress.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Cisticola
10-25-2012, 03:16 PM
OK, I could keep fiddling with this forever, so this is my final entry....

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Bogie
10-26-2012, 01:14 AM
Excellent Cisti! Great lighting. Great Moodiness! Have some Rep!!