View Full Version : CloudFangs First ATTEMPT!

03-07-2014, 02:39 PM
here we go.... would LOVE advice and recommendations on the work here.... i can take the criticism and wont go personal... even if you bash this...

for what its worth this is a completely made up world...

hmmmm.... whats the best way or recommended way to post pics? - lol... oops.

03-07-2014, 03:01 PM
hmmmm.... whats the best way or recommended way to post pics? - lol... oops.

by inserting a jpeg image with the maximum size around 4.67 mb

- Max -
03-07-2014, 03:10 PM
Use the "go advanced" button (bottom right of the post screen) then select your pic and upload it.

03-07-2014, 03:40 PM
ok lets try this for original sketch...


alright roughed out the big blocks of land


this is my first attempt so if theres any methods that im doing that are utterly wrong or if its better to go about this differently i would love to hear it...

some contrast color just to see better for now..


03-07-2014, 03:53 PM
shading added... for a little depth:

some texture:


starting to add mountains next...


- Max -
03-07-2014, 03:55 PM
Cloud, since your images doesn't seem that big, you can use the edit button to post several maps in one post if you need it (just uplaod attchements several attachmentsat the same time). I merged the posts for you.

03-07-2014, 04:03 PM
thanks max your stuff is sick... i definitely printed out a zoomed in version of some of your mountains while ive been sketching these... i hope its flattery and not theft...

03-07-2014, 04:10 PM
don't worry I did the same thing =D he has really pretty mountains. And trees.

This is looking pretty good so far! Not really enough to comment on critically yet but the mountains are really nice =)

- Max -
03-07-2014, 04:15 PM
I would have prefered you asked me before using them but since you give me credits for that that's cool, go ahead :) (make sure to remove them from the map when you'll be done with yoursthough ;) )

03-07-2014, 04:21 PM
oh no... i just printed some out on paper and had them in front of me while im sketching onto the computer im not tracing or anything just reference.. theyre my own drawings... i wouldnt copy like that... i just had nothing to really go by..

- Max -
03-07-2014, 04:23 PM
Ooh, ah well that's even better! Keep up the good job :)

03-18-2014, 08:15 AM
finished the main mountains on the first continent:


had some issues with trees. i tried to do a some small tree drawings and copy/paste clone stamp but it didnt look right so i ended up starting to draw them in:


that wasnt working so now im here:


added a ruined citadel next to that mountain... unsure if im going to draw places... or create flat icons? this looks nice but im not sure if it blends in too much. maybe i want something that sticks out clearly?

As always, comments criticisms and straight up trash talk is always welcome!? :P

03-18-2014, 10:07 AM
The drawn in forests are much better, I really like your citadel if you want it to stand out more you could color it in a muddy white. Great job so far!

03-18-2014, 11:30 AM
I don't think it will blend too much at all, especially as domino points out with a bit of coloring. My eye is always drawn to the areas of higher detail. I like your paths through the forest as well, pleasingly detailed. The clobby over all texture you have on it doesn't do much for me, a grunge or parchment texture would be nicer. This is looking excellent over all.

03-18-2014, 11:55 AM
thanks guys...! yeap... a grungier white seems better? thanks domino..


couple things im having trouble with, size... this map is 2' x 3' and running in at 450ppi... im zoomed way in for the close up in this post.. which is why its a little pixelated.. but also gives me TONs of room to map out a bunch of stuff...

the textures are very oversampled so they are totally clobby... i will definitely work on that but i may need to scan in some textures of my own... not sure if i can find anything this large!?

another problem im having trouble with is cleaning my stuff up... when i draw with my photoshop i usually have opacity turned down some and soft brushes... how do people go from this to finished and cleaned line work? do you just go over them? is there a tool to use that cleans things up?

03-20-2014, 03:35 PM
not too much more but i keep plugging along:



03-20-2014, 04:00 PM
Excellent work on cities and castle! I'm gonna keep on eye on this thread!
The orange land is a bit strange imo, it feels a bit "martian".

03-20-2014, 04:59 PM
yea, dont think i will keep it... i was messing with textures and contrasting colors just so i could see the land mass from the ocean well, but it does look really weird like red sand over everything... not sure exactly how i will deal with this.

03-24-2014, 04:22 PM
Sketching in more locations! little by little....


03-25-2014, 05:05 PM
finished up town sketches only one left for now...? then i can go back to finishing forests..

03-27-2014, 01:36 PM
how do people go from this to finished and cleaned line work? do you just go over them? is there a tool to use that cleans things up?
I've yet to find an efficient way to do this. Depending on the size of the drawing, I either use the pen tool to trace the lines then stroke it with a round brush with the size jitter set to pen pressure and the "simulate pressure" box checked. OR I use the round brush at full opacity and the eraser and ctrl+z. OR you can duplicate the layer 3-5 times which makes the most prominent lines really prominent and then erase the straggling lines.

If you find a better way id love to know:)

03-28-2014, 04:20 PM
will let you know if i figure something out... i keep hoping someone will be like.. oh yea, select all then apply this filter.. lol yea right!?

anyway heres updates...


03-28-2014, 04:42 PM
It keeps looking better and better!

03-28-2014, 04:53 PM
Agreed, this is looking great! The line surrounding the land seems far too thick however - but perhaps its only meant as a placeholder?