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Sapiento
03-06-2014, 05:59 AM
Time to do some private work between commissions.
This is partially inspired by Pete Fenlon's maps - I discovered these while doing a commission, where this style was being discussed as a possible style for the final product.
A first look with outlines and a first try with shading and light.

Domino44
03-06-2014, 08:06 AM
I love those mountains!

Raptori
03-06-2014, 09:49 AM
That mountain style puts me of a lot of the time, but here it looks great :)

Caenwyr
03-06-2014, 10:50 AM
A good start, Sapiento! I like the fade effect you put in the mountains at the back. I'm curious where this will be going :)

Sapiento
03-06-2014, 01:10 PM
Thank you, guys!

Shading and lights together with a texture added.

Micah Doulos
03-06-2014, 01:26 PM
That observatory on the right side of the range has a line from the hill going through it.

Sapiento
03-06-2014, 01:52 PM
That observatory on the right side of the range has a line from the hill going through it.

I know, thanks. This will be corrected in the next step.

arsheesh
03-06-2014, 02:30 PM
Looking very nice Sapiento.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

- Max -
03-06-2014, 02:57 PM
Looks nice overall, though I'm not a big fan of the light/shading on mountains that make look them striped.

PokealypseNow
03-06-2014, 07:39 PM
Love the perspective with the mountains on this.

I agree with Max, however, insomuch as the straight lines combined with the shading/highlighting does make it look like stripes.

Phaneron
03-07-2014, 09:13 AM
As others have said, the mountains look awesome. I personally think that the one without the shading is better, but that's just my two cents.

Sapiento
03-08-2014, 01:56 AM
So, here is a first try for colouring, using a water colour brush. I think this should make the mountains look less streaky.

Sapiento
03-11-2014, 05:32 AM
I've worked on shading and highlights, the mountains look now less like stripes.

- Max -
03-11-2014, 08:25 AM
It's still way too striped to my tastes. I'd try some global light on the the highlited mountain side (with just a slight emphasis on the more proeminent edges) and enhance a global shadow on the shaded face (that would at least avoid the symetric striped effect).

Sapiento
03-12-2014, 04:04 AM
Another attempt to solve the stripes issue and probably the last one.

Lingon
03-12-2014, 04:25 AM
This looks really nice, Sapiento! I like the icons a lot, they really show the different styles of the cities. The forests and hills look great too.
In my opinion, the thing that makes the mountains look striped is not so much in the coloring but in the contour lines. Those that extend down from the ridge are very evenly spaced, so when they are shaded and highlighted they give a geometric appearance. Personally, I don't think that's a bad thing. But if the stripes are bothering you, my suggestion would be to make the mountain contours more random :)

- Max -
03-12-2014, 06:53 AM
The numbers of sides ridges lines makes basically the striped effect. That's just enhanced with the strong contrast between shades and highlights. On Peter Fenlon's work, the shadows and lights are more subtle and lighter so the striped effect doesn't pop up that uch, as far as I've seen.

Sapiento
03-12-2014, 07:05 AM
I don't want to copy Fenlon, just use his work as inspiration.

- Max -
03-12-2014, 09:07 AM
I understood that, I just wanted to point out that the "many ridges style" on his maps works because the shades/lights are very light. Adapting it to a more heavy shade/light work might be an issue, regarding the striped look. Anyway that's some personnal taste, if you like them as they are, go ahead, the overall map looks great as usual.

Sapiento
03-12-2014, 09:22 AM
I understood that, I just wanted to point out that the "many ridges style" on his maps works because the shades/lights are very light. Adapting it to a more heavy shade/light work might be an issue, regarding the striped look. Anyway that's some personnal taste, if you liek them as the are, go ahead, the overall map looks great as usual.

I get your point, Max. Compared to Fenlon's work, I have considerably stronger shade/light on the mountains, but that's - as you pointed out - mainly personal taste. I think I may end up with a mix of the last two versions.

Sapiento
03-27-2014, 01:26 PM
After some pause I think I'm finished with this map.

- Max -
03-27-2014, 02:03 PM
I'm a big fan of the hills and the icons :) I think that I'm definitely not fond of this mountain style but that's really some personnal taste. I'd have worked a bit more on the border though ;)

Lingon
03-27-2014, 04:10 PM
I like the mountains :) The icons are the showstealers though, they are wonderful! The border design is really cool, but I agree with Max, it could use a little more work to fit with the rest. Maybe just a slight drop in opacity and a small blur, or something more advanced :) I like the font choice too! (Same as I used in my latest, if I'm not mistaken)

Sapiento
03-31-2014, 02:38 AM
I think I have to work on the border. ;)

Sapiento
03-31-2014, 06:23 AM
New border added.

- Max -
03-31-2014, 06:55 AM
Yup, looks good :)