View Full Version : New Hand Drawn Village

12-30-2012, 12:43 PM
Something for an introductory adventure I'm writing and currently in the process of colouring. This won't have any labels on it as it'll be going into a PDF. I also really ought to think of a name very soon so find/replace all instances of xxvillagenamexx. =P

12-31-2012, 01:13 PM
Hey Larb I see you got the hand drawn bug LOL. Looking good but I have dibs on the "don't name the map" theme ;)

01-02-2013, 05:47 AM
Looking good Larb.


01-02-2013, 01:58 PM
I got some of the colouring done. I've been working on it on and off while writing the adventure. Not entirely sure about the grass.

I even managed to come up with a name now so you can have you unnamed map theme back now, Vellum!

01-02-2013, 09:49 PM
Man you're making me work at this no name thing aren't ya ;) What was the process with this, hand drawn and scanned in or "hand drawn" in PS for the first sketch.

01-03-2013, 05:19 AM
It's drawn in SAI with a tablet pen and then I switch to photoshop to colour it. I don't draw on paper so much these days. I can never find the undo button. =P

01-03-2013, 05:55 AM
This is really great. The line work is so clean, but still hand made...simply great. I would also tweak the grass a bit, maybe just mute down the green would do the trick.

- Max -
01-03-2013, 06:28 AM
Pretty good job here. Grass probably needs some more work to be great. Maybe less bright colors, some slight color variations and a bit of texture could do the thing.

01-03-2013, 08:42 AM
Nice work, excellent layout.

01-04-2013, 02:40 PM
Ok it's at a finished state for me now. I made some big changes to the grass, toned it down, removed a texture I was using and added a bit more variety to it. It is being labeled in indesign which is why I'm not adding any on this.

- Max -
01-04-2013, 02:45 PM
Great job!

Freehand 5.5
01-04-2013, 09:32 PM
I like that. Nice work.
The grass is better now. Could be less yellowish.

What's that little thing at the well (south west of it).

01-04-2013, 09:40 PM
Very nice! Is that bees at the south-center house?

01-04-2013, 11:53 PM
One of the best small villages I can remember.

01-05-2013, 08:29 AM
Thanks everyone!

Those are indeed bees, and the thing by the well is a sorta crook-shaped lamppost with a big glowing stone on the end.

Freehand 5.5
01-05-2013, 02:04 PM
The lamp. The bees! How cute is that!
Great detail.

Blaidd Drwg
01-06-2013, 03:48 PM
Man, this is brilliant! I love hand-drawn, but the colours give a big extra. Very subtle!

01-10-2013, 04:32 PM
I really like this map. I also think the grass looks better by adding more variation to it.

I'd like to ask, why are you using InDesign to add the labels, and not photoshop? Does InDesign have better options for adding text and other labels to a map like this? I have Indesign, but can't figure out what to use it for, since photoshop and illustrator seem to have all the functionality I need.

01-10-2013, 04:59 PM
InDesign is desktop publishing software. I am writing a small introductory module to the world the village exists in so the map will be on one of the pages. The labels will be separate elements, as will the text, the spot markers, etc. If this map was a standalone image, I would label it directly in photoshop.

For example, when I put the image onto say... the right hand page of whatever "spread", it will go in its own bounding box. I can resize the image to suit the page in indesign without affecting anything else - I won't want my text labels to change size at all. If the labels were part of the image, they would change size as the image was scaled up or down.

01-21-2013, 08:26 PM
I like how it turned out! Great village!

01-24-2013, 10:41 PM
I really like this map. Guess I didn't say so before. Reminds me of the work of Iain Rice, who uses pen and watercolor to design small model railroad layouts. His work makes me want to finally build a layout. Similarly, yours makes me want to build a diorama.

Shelf Layouts for Model Railroads (http://www.kalmbachstore.com/12419.html)

01-25-2013, 01:14 AM
I guess I missed this before but I love it. Also, I got a real kick out of that cow, haha, it just gave me a huge smile! Thanks.