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TheRedEpic
10-03-2008, 11:10 PM
Hey all,

Been some time since i posted, mostly due to my work and other more personal issues. Happy to update and bring you some of the work i have been producing lately, especially this large map for DGS (dead Generals' Society) who have permission to use my map in publication(though i retain ownership).

Also got some Personal maps i did for a member here on the guild, Bill4747.

Check it out, and check out my updated website and new section(and other work besides maps) on my website...

www.theredepic.com

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/FaelonFINALFinishspecial.jpg

Detals:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/FaelonFINALFinish190dpidetail.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/FaelonFINALFinish190dpidetail2.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/FaelonFINALFinish190dpidetail3.jpg

TheRedEpic
10-03-2008, 11:15 PM
And the maps for Bill...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/dndYagra150dpi.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/dndEkmar150dpi.jpg

Hit me up with some comments, always appreciated:)

~Jared

Gandwarf
10-04-2008, 02:52 AM
Wow, you have a very cool, unique style. I love these maps. The cities and villages that are just sketches (and not pencilled in) on the last maps are a nice touch. I like the top map most though, I think. The forest, mountains and cities are vere well done. As is the water and the parchment effect. I can't think of any critique, only that I wish I was as good as you :P

Repped!

Sirith
10-04-2008, 04:05 AM
I like the freshness of the colours especially :)

Ghostman
10-04-2008, 06:18 AM
Repped, for justice!

I can barely believe my eyes over just how fantastic those maps are! All the little touches like the animals, icons, etc blend into the maps perfectly. By far the best thing is the strong coloring. It just makes the maps look so lively and catches the attention right from the first glance.

Steel General
10-04-2008, 07:29 AM
Very cool stuff!

TheRedEpic
10-04-2008, 11:43 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments!

robb75067
10-04-2008, 05:51 PM
The color is unique. I really like the way you pulled everything together.

Aerius
10-04-2008, 07:18 PM
Beautiful maps, the digital colour job looks very traditional (good thing)
Also I love the font choice.

My only critic is that I find the edges of the map, which are very cool and well done, take a bit a way from the work of the map itself. I think a less emphasize on the edge will really draw into the cool original artwork of the inside.

-Terry

Schley
10-05-2008, 07:55 PM
Beautiful maps, the digital colour job looks very traditional (good thing)
Also I love the font choice.

My only critic is that I find the edges of the map, which are very cool and well done, take a bit a way from the work of the map itself. I think a less emphasize on the edge will really draw into the cool original artwork of the inside.

-Terry

I agree. Your maps are beautiful but the supersaturated edges seem to distract from the art.

Keep up the good work!

Mike

torstan
10-06-2008, 05:51 PM
Very pretty maps indeed. I love the effect of the white text on the map - it stands out surprisingly well.

Karro
10-11-2008, 09:51 PM
Wow, those are great! I'll be a little contrarian and say I really dig the arted-up parchment edges. They turn this from merely a map to a display of art, imho.

PokealypseNow
10-14-2008, 06:57 PM
I've really dug your work ever since I stumbled onto it at deviantART.

In particular, I really like the balance of many colors with the old, worn map look.

My only question is if in the world of your Isarshael map, there is a country named Koronna Light?? ;)

Gamerprinter
10-14-2008, 07:19 PM
Kudos, great style - repped - I love the quality in everything!

Back to the parchment border issue - I love the use of parchment, especially damaged and folded effects, however, in the case of your maps it seems more a "framing" of the art, rather than an effective parchment styled map.

What I mean, when I use folded, damaged parchment, the color, texture, damage and fold continues across the entire map, done carefully not to overly distract from the map itself.

The art is so clean, that it clashes with the parchment - just an opinion.

Otherwise great stuff.

GP

TheRedEpic
10-15-2008, 10:55 PM
Thanks for all the comments guys, very helpful.

The border ideas from everyone are all good, looking back, i really need to tone down the borders, they are too busy for there own good! In the next couple maps, i will calm the borders and try not to frame the piece.

Thanks a bunch everyone, should have some work coming out soon:)

TheRedEpic
10-16-2008, 11:16 PM
Just finished this one, tried to tone down the borders, check it out.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/DnDTheHordelands160dpi.jpg

Torq
10-17-2008, 02:05 AM
I love the mood of this map Red. It also just looks legit anf authentic. Great art skills too.

Torq

TheRedEpic
10-17-2008, 01:06 PM
Hey all, made this maps background a bit lighter since i thought the first post was a bit dull, and i changed the color of the tribe text, what do you guys think?

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Stormcrow135/DnDTheHordelands160dpi-2.jpg

Redrobes
10-18-2008, 07:58 AM
yes, prefer the second. Its more lively with brighter stronger colors. Its a very nice bit of art.

sivilark
10-19-2008, 11:42 AM
I love your style.

In fact I'm a bit more of a fan of these types of maps then that of the more "artsy" ones.

I'd love to learn how to make similar maps.

TheRedEpic
10-28-2008, 04:42 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments on my work, will be posting another map soon, depending on my workload, keep the comments coming:)

~jared

Stenwulf
10-28-2008, 06:55 PM
These are fantastic maps. I like how the colors you used complement each other. I also particularly like the parchment background the map is on and all the detail you put into it.

The maps are just overall great. I cant wait to see more.

helium3
11-24-2008, 12:02 PM
I love your style.

In fact I'm a bit more of a fan of these types of maps then that of the more "artsy" ones.

I'd love to learn how to make similar maps.

Actually, I think these maps are quite artsy. Why do I say this? Well, TheRedEpic's maps are awesome and very much like the style I would like to develop for myself. I'm still struggling with the whole "it looks like it was painted" aspect. So, knowing what I have to do to get maps that look half as good, I'd imagine that a large amount of time and effort has gone into developing the style as it stands now.

I agree with everyone's love of the color scheme. A good color scheme makes or breaks a map.

As for the stylized parchment edges, I think they work quite well. If the map were going to be on a standalone piece of paper the edges wouldn't be so desireable. Usually though, maps like this tend to be used on pages with other stuff (like in published adventures and some video games). In those cases, stylized edges can really help to make the art pop. At least, that's my opinion.

quindia
11-26-2008, 09:07 AM
Terrific! I love the random scrawling and graffiti. Thanks for the inspiration - I am definitely going to incorporate some of this style in future player hand out maps.

MarkusTay
11-29-2008, 10:59 AM
I love these - the style is reminiscent of the old LotRs ones, but unique unto itself, with livlier coloring.

Very beautiful.

manwae
08-07-2009, 01:37 PM
I think the edges work great if the look and feel as a whole is something you would want for lets say a very old map found in a treasure box. The burnt edges and blood splatter work great.

If you are looking for a map that simply communicates the context within the map then yes the edges would be a little distracting but this type of map is perfect for a rpg game like NwN2.

Manwae
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