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altceva
07-04-2008, 04:38 PM
Hello again,

After my first map here, Free Falling (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4785&d=1214936626), I thought to hit you guys with a second. As with the first one, I didn't go for a classic map with legend and stuff, instead I tried to bring you something more or less artistic. Since my abilities in drawing are yet limited (I'm still learning and try to finesse my hand), I hope you will still like it, it took me a lot of work and concentration.

So, this is it, enjoy! :)

Cheers!

P.S. Technical: There are some issues with this image, though: the perspective - it's quite random in some places (but I hope you won't see, at least not the first time ), also the map lines - they create an optical illusion and distort the real perspective, the shadows - some of them are slightly weird, and the table edge - I'm not quite satisfied with the result. Overall, a good eye will see these things without me telling about them... I'm aware about eventual mistakes, but this is my best... I'm working on it.

jfrazierjr
07-04-2008, 06:21 PM
Hello again,

After my first map here, Free Falling (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4785&d=1214936626), I thought to hit you guys with a second. As with the first one, I didn't go for a classic map with legend and stuff, instead I tried to bring you something more or less artistic. Since my abilities in drawing are yet limited (I'm still learning and try to finesse my hand), I hope you will still like it, it took me a lot of work and concentration.


This is one seriously nice map!!! I would rep you, but I did for your other map and have to spread some rep around first. As you said, the only thing I can see is the table transition, though I have no idea how to possibly help fix.

Joe

Ascension
07-04-2008, 06:57 PM
Very nice. One of these days I'm going have to figure out shadows.

Redrobes
07-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Heh - this is a great image. Very unusual. I'll rep on Joe's behalf then !

Midgardsormr
07-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Spring 1908
Army St Columb Peninsula -> Dragon Head by Convoy
Fleet Stonegate Bay convoys Army -> Berry Island

That image would have competed well in the May mapping challenge last year.

altceva
07-04-2008, 09:44 PM
Man, you do it wrong... :)

It's Stonegate Bay, Berry Island, and the battle should be like... 17th century? :)

delgondahntelius
07-05-2008, 09:30 AM
Very nice. One of these days I'm going have to figure out shadows. A shadow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_%28disambiguation%29) is a region of darkness where light is blocked by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light.

Heh... kidding :D

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Great piece of artwork altceva!!! especially with all that 'limited' artistic skill :D

Keep up the good work!!

JadeEliott
07-05-2008, 03:37 PM
This map is amazing! Would you be willing to share how you did it? Programs used and techniques? This is exactly a style I like!

Thank you...

Midgardsormr
07-05-2008, 05:29 PM
Man, you do it wrong... :)

It's Stonegate Bay, Berry Island, and the battle should be like... 17th century? :)

Heh. Yeah, I should have changed the year to match the pieces. As for the placenames, they're dang hard to read at that angle and obscured.

I just bought Diplomacy a couple of weeks ago, so that was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the image. The pieces look more appropriate to Risk, but that's not obscure enough. And with the ships... maybe it's Seafarers of Risk. Or something.

altceva
07-05-2008, 09:36 PM
Would you be willing to share how you did it? Programs used and techniques? This is exactly a style I like!

Thank you...

Well, I'm a beginner in Photoshop, so this is the only program I used. I worked exclusively with Pen tool and Brush tool. The only custom shape I used is the table edge golden model, it is a default ornament in Photoshop custom shapes. I build the map first, then free transformed it for perspective view. Drawing soldiers was fun. Shadows are copies of the images temselves filled with black, vertically flipped, transformed, opacitiy reduced and slightly blured.
Simple as that.

I'm putting some pictures, small size, because my internet connection crawls...

JadeEliott
07-07-2008, 04:41 PM
Thank you, that helped! :-)

SeerBlue
07-07-2008, 06:01 PM
A wonderful looking map, very well done. SeerBlue

torstan
07-07-2008, 06:44 PM
Wow, a great map indeed. And I'm doubly impressed that it was all done in photoshop!

Only one small nitpick - the English ship needs more shadow on the top side of its base, and ideally needs a mast shadow across its deck - but those are really small quibbles for a lovely piece of artwork.

altceva
07-08-2008, 08:05 AM
Yeah, I thought about shadowing the ships on decks, but I was so eager to finish the image, so I embraced the superficiality and called it "done". :(