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11-29-2008, 02:28 PM
It's been a while since I've posted a map, so when my Digital Illustration class called for a freestyle image, I jumped at the chance to create something appropriate to post here.

This was only a one-week project, and we were supposed to keep it relatively simple. So it's fairly rudimentary linework with very little shading. If I find the time later, my plan is to add more detail, turn it into a sales flyer, and add a fancy Victorian border. For now, this is what it is, unless somebody gives me a terrific suggestion that won't take too long to implement.

The final image I turn in will have a textured paper background, but that increases the file size of the png tenfold, so I left it out of this image.

Steel General
11-29-2008, 02:35 PM
Looks quite nice to me, looking forward to seeing the more detailed version.

12-02-2008, 04:15 PM
Nice airship! Speaking of Victorian border, you might want to check out this site:

12-09-2008, 02:30 PM
Thanks for the link. I've actually got an entire book full of Victorian-style ornament designs, which unfortunately do not tile properly. That's going to have to wait a while, though, as I've got lots of other projects on my plate at the moment. Still, I'm almost certain to revisit this because I think I'm going to refine it for some of my 3d projects later on--I've actually already written an abstract for a possible TV series (not that I expect I'll actually be able to make such a series, but it'll sure look nice in my portfolio if I develop it some more).

Anyway, here's the sales flyer version. At my wife's suggestion, I changed the background, too.

Steel General
12-09-2008, 03:05 PM
Nice! (and probably bonus points for instituting your wife's suggestion :D) *bonk*

12-14-2008, 12:44 PM
Argh..I've repped you too much to rep you again for this - beautiful work Midguard! I love the netting on the airship - how did you do it?

12-14-2008, 12:59 PM
The main lines were simply the pen tool, as was the webbing--I'm not sure I really succeeded in showing the tension on the webbing as it went over the curved surface of the envelope. The netting at the top is just a crosshatch pattern fill.

Again, thanks for the compliments. Hopefully I'll continue getting projects that lend themselves to cartography. I should probably be careful not to pigeonhole myself too much, though, or the only job I'll be able to get upon graduation is as an expansimator for National Geographic's website.

12-15-2008, 02:40 PM
the only job I'll be able to get upon graduation is as an expansimator for National Geographic's website.


Like to see that on a resume :P

-Rob A>

01-21-2010, 01:40 PM
Some cool maps and ideas here. Thanks everyone.

01-26-2010, 05:01 AM
I love it!

I got a good laugh when I read the flyer, that's just good stuff. I too noticed the webbing and how it bit into the balloon.


01-26-2010, 11:00 AM
Haha that's so nice!

01-26-2010, 11:49 AM
Many thanks. Here's a marker render of a fantasy world where this airship is an important form of transportation.


I also wrote a screenplay intended to incorporate this particular airship design. I try to get a lot of mileage out of each project I do at school.

01-26-2010, 07:52 PM
Enought time has passed and I can finally rep you for this!

01-26-2010, 08:50 PM
Ha! 13 months late, but I'll take it, anyway!