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Sapiento
08-09-2013, 10:41 AM
As the title says a personal project. Goal is a dark, somewhat post-apocalyptic theme. I'm open to ideas and critiques.

Diamond
08-09-2013, 03:39 PM
Wow, man, just wow. That is something special. I especially like that lava field thingy on the eastern continent.

The only thing I'm not convinced of is the extreme brightness of the icepacks contrasted with the darkness of the rest (which I like). I don't know how you could convincingly make the ice darker though... Maybe add some kind of red highlights, like it's reflecting the rest of the terrain somehow?

Sapiento
08-09-2013, 04:25 PM
Wow, man, just wow. That is something special. I especially like that lava field thingy on the eastern continent.

The only thing I'm not convinced of is the extreme brightness of the icepacks contrasted with the darkness of the rest (which I like). I don't know how you could convincingly make the ice darker though... Maybe add some kind of red highlights, like it's reflecting the rest of the terrain somehow?

Thanks, Diamond! The 'lava field' is actually a dense fog of deadly micro fungi that covers the valleys and rifts of this area - I got this idea from an episode of Captain Future, where he is on a planet that has lethal spores in the air.
I'll think about a way to change the ice.

Viking
08-09-2013, 05:36 PM
Sapiento it's awesome to see you doing something new and I can't wait to see it progress :) For dark snow I would suggest just pushing the snow into a darker and more blue colour range. That would be my best guess. The spores is a cool idea too. Will this be a sci fi map?

Eilathen
08-10-2013, 07:00 AM
The brown tones transport the post-apoc feel very well. I also like the landshapes.
I am not convinced that the fog is transported well...like Diamond, i thought that this is a lava field. Maybe you need to mix this up a bit (no idea how though :D ).

randigpanzrall
08-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Looks great sapiento. The rocks and Mountains look fine and you catch the atmosphere very good. Maybe you can cover the polar Region with dirt and dust too look darker. My only point woud be the Scale. The ladmasses look like they are a countrylike islands-formations and the Mountains and Details Seem to maintain hat, whether the map shows a whole planet. But i think it,s owed to the artificial appearence with less realistic claims but more beauty. So keep on, i'm looking forward for more

Larb
08-10-2013, 10:55 AM
I dunno if it is just me but the colour scheme reminds me of the 2300ad map from Chrono Trigger, which was also post-apocalyptic. So it does have that vibe in my head. =P

I'd like to echo bringing down the brightness of the icy regions just a bit. The mountains and terrain features look great as always though.

Sapiento
08-10-2013, 12:42 PM
Thank you, guys!

@ randigpanzrall: You're right, I've placed art and impression over realism.

I think I have an update ready in the next days.

Chashio
08-11-2013, 03:51 PM
I thought it was a lava field of sorts, too. If it's meant to be fog, try taking a low opacity fuzzy red brush to the whole area to make a less dense misty/cloudy/foggy appearance... leave some of the tallest rock peaks clear of it and lower ones with just a bit to obscure them. And make that fog a bit brighter (more reflective) than the stuff closer to the ground. It may not work out, but could be worth a shot anyway. Looks like liquid right now.

It's a beautiful map so far. Love the color scheme, and the details. What do you have in mind for it when it's finished?

arsheesh
08-11-2013, 04:59 PM
Looking really nice, especially the light and shadow contour work on the mountains. Can't wait to see more.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Sapiento
08-13-2013, 04:25 AM
I tried to make the fog more foggy and added some more detail. Any ideas for post-apocalyptic landmarks?

Falconius
08-13-2013, 05:30 AM
The fog? I feel like I'm missing something. The white shading on the coast?

Sapiento
08-13-2013, 09:07 AM
The fog? I feel like I'm missing something. The white shading on the coast?

Look at the recent posts - the red fog on the right continent.

randigpanzrall
08-13-2013, 12:25 PM
What about craters and locally polluted water and rivers' maybe some woodfires with smoke going with the wind?

Sapiento
08-13-2013, 01:24 PM
What about craters and locally polluted water and rivers' maybe some woodfires with smoke going with the wind?

Good ideas

Falconius
08-13-2013, 02:28 PM
To me that looks like a pit of lava, the reason being that you delineated the edge with black line. Or the fog is in a pit which makes it appear as lava because of the edges. I don't think with an opaque red like that it will read as fog unless it appears to be drifting or hovering or something to make it less distinct. If it were white or grey it may read as fog in such a situation, but I'd still have doubts. Perhaps it there were features underneath it that it sort of obscured it would help?

- Max -
08-13-2013, 02:38 PM
I kinda agree with everyone about the fog. It's rather look like lava, even with the last changes. Also, glacier would need more work to be as convincting as the rest of the map in my opinion. Btw nice job so far Sapiento!

Chashio
08-13-2013, 07:07 PM
Hope you don't mind me messing... but, um... fog?

56848

Done with a soft fuzzy brush on three layers (1 normal, 2 screen)

Azelor
08-13-2013, 08:03 PM
If your going with lava, I think it would look better orange and with more contrast. With chunks of black volcanic rock floating. So the original was better.

Sapiento
08-14-2013, 03:18 AM
I think the problem is the colour - would it be white it would be identified as fog, but with red... A label should make this clear.

@Chashio - the fog should stay within the canyons as a strictly defined lethal zone. Drifting out of it wasn't my intention.
@Max - maybe I could add smaller icebergs.

Falconius
08-14-2013, 04:22 AM
Maybe if it didn't fill the rift so completely, like if it faded as you approached edges, or if it had fingers at the horizontal edges that indicated its cloud likeness? A legend would make it clear as to what it is, but it would still look like something else due to the representative nature of the map.

- Max -
08-14-2013, 04:24 AM
Yes could be a good idea and maybe rework thise big blue lines which looks a bit rushed in comparaison to the rest of the drawings

kurtographer
08-14-2013, 01:59 PM
Way cool. I'll have to check your your Deviantart album. Keep up the good work.

Chashio
08-14-2013, 05:50 PM
Ach, just an idea it was. I enjoy little challenges of painting things that I've never actually tried painting before. Having fun... I did go a bit Bob Ross with the drifting bits. Please pardon my intrusion. Add thought: if you want to keep it within bounds of the canyons, maybe just fuzz it out to the point of looking like puffy wisps so there aren't any hard edges between the walls, or against the walls... that's mostly what makes it look like liquid. Anyhoo, enough of that. I'll keep quiet now and enjoy whatever comes next of your marvelous creation. :)

Diamond
08-14-2013, 10:40 PM
Bob Ross, lol. Look at all those happy little fogbanks. Don't they look happy? :D

Sapiento
08-19-2013, 05:06 AM
I added some craters. more icebergs in the north and tried to refine the polar glaciers.

Sapiento
10-11-2013, 03:22 AM
After some pause I was able to continue this project

Schwarzkreuz
10-11-2013, 07:56 AM
Nice render of the different Landscape features. I only think the color transition from some places are a bit strong still, like with th Mesa Mountains on the Southeast Continent

Diamond
10-11-2013, 02:24 PM
Nice improvements! I really like what you did with the colors, and that border & compass are great.

Viking
10-11-2013, 04:36 PM
Nice work Rob :) I like that you finally got to do some work on this one again. Will this map ever have political information or is it mostly abandoned or uncivilized?

Sapiento
10-12-2013, 02:25 AM
@Schwarzkreuz: Thank you, SK! The transitions are strong, that's true, but I think it fits into a setting of a disrupted world.
@Diamond: Thank you, Diamond. I think I will add more decorative elements when the map develops further.
@Viking:Thank you, Pieter! There have already some centuries flown down the stream of time since the downfall of this world. Civilization is slowly emerging again, so there are some kingdoms and empires, but also many city-states, monastery orders and a lot of primitive tribal areas. My goal is to show a lot of political and cultural information on this map.

- Max -
10-12-2013, 08:27 AM
Glad to see you back on this map :)

Schwarzkreuz
10-18-2013, 09:16 AM
Is your current challenge Map connected to this one, by Concept?

Sapiento
10-18-2013, 10:12 AM
Is your current challenge Map connected to this one, by Concept?

No, the challenge map is independent from this one.

Sapiento
10-19-2013, 08:12 AM
I placed a first set of icons and labels on the map.

Sapiento
10-25-2013, 05:01 AM
I replaced the corner images with - I hope - more interesting content.

arsheesh
10-25-2013, 05:24 AM
This is looking terrific Sapiento! This is one of my favorites of yours I think.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Sapiento
10-26-2013, 12:08 PM
This is looking terrific Sapiento! This is one of my favorites of yours I think.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Thanks, Arsheesh!

Sapiento
03-06-2014, 07:42 AM
Time for an update.
I have added more states and civilizations.

Any ideas what could be placed on the map additionally?

vorropohaiah
03-06-2014, 09:27 AM
very nice! looks like it has a lot of labels and markers as it is.

Raptori
03-06-2014, 10:39 AM
Looks good to me as it is - I love the ocean waves :)

Micah Doulos
03-06-2014, 10:47 AM
I love the look of this map! You seem to be extremely strong in your ability to color and contrast!

Sapiento
03-07-2014, 02:35 AM
Looks good to me as it is - I love the ocean waves :)


I love the look of this map! You seem to be extremely strong in your ability to color and contrast!

Thank you!

fabio p
03-07-2014, 10:21 AM
The map is great as it is, and there are some great touches (the figures in all four corners above all).
For my personal tastes, especially in maps with political subdivisions, I like to see some shields and/ or flags of countries, cities etc. If you can manage to insert them without loosing consistency and proportions among the various map features, I would like it even better. But, as I said, It’s already a great job, as always.

Sapiento
03-08-2014, 03:01 AM
Thank you, guys!


The map is great as it is, and there are some great touches (the figures in all four corners above all).
For my personal tastes, especially in maps with political subdivisions, I like to see some shields and/ or flags of countries, cities etc. If you can manage to insert them without loosing consistency and proportions among the various map features, I would like it even better. But, as I said, It’s already a great job, as always.

That's exactly what I'm now thinking about. I want to add some cultural or politcal information.
The western continent has recovered most since the apocalypse and has reached a late medieval/early renaissance stage of civilization. The blue skins are actually genetical enhanced/modified humans adapted for life in cold areas. The deep dwellers are the descendants from those who survived in huge bunker systems, now very pale and light sensitive folks. Maybe I find a way to represent this in the map.

Sapiento
04-22-2014, 11:40 AM
Added some coat of arms - I guess I call this map finished.