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Ascension
03-08-2009, 02:19 PM
So I was laying on my couch watching Arsenal and Burnley and got to thinking if I could make one river system and have it fulfill the reqs. As I stood up and glanced at my junk pile (game manuals, various joysticks, old video cards, and other bits of hardware, etc.) spilling onto the floor I noticed something flat, black, plastic, and thin. Having no real idea what lurks in the junk pile ('cuz it's best not disturb it lest my life be in forfeit) I gave it a tug...'cuz I'm brave that way :) Lo and behold out pops a Wacom Intuos 2 6x8 with a flap over the screen for tracing. I couldn't find the manual tho, it must have been devoured to feed the denizens. So after dusting it off and washing it up a bit I threw my original idea out the window in favor of forcing myself to learn how to finally use this darn thing. So I drew in some rivers for the first time ever without my trusty magic mouse of uber utility +6 terraforming. My mouse is a swinger so it won't mind me seeing other styluses...as long as it gets to join in.

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Ascension
03-08-2009, 08:22 PM
Started fleshing this out. Kind of a hasty go and much experimenting...trying to blend my usual style and something else but not sure what that may be...part artsy, part atlas. Not totally happy with it but it's not total crap either. Back to the secret altar to sacrifice some chickens.

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Ascension
03-09-2009, 01:24 AM
Some more work and started adding my ridges. These will get some layer styles once done, probably tomorrow night. This tablet thing is way cool since I no longer have to use smudge and blur to get my lines tapered and with variable thickness. I will blur out the areas that are more hilly and softer rather than sharp and crusty.

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Steel General
03-09-2009, 08:15 AM
Lookin' good so far.

Bohunk
03-09-2009, 12:59 PM
Great work as always A!

Is it me or do the rivers in the south look like walls? Maybe I'm crazy...

nolgroth
03-09-2009, 05:24 PM
I like how you stick with a consistent style yet make each map its own individual piece of art. Well done.

Ascension
03-09-2009, 05:32 PM
Thanks Nol, I try.

Bo, it's probably the bevel on the rivers...I'll be replacing the bevel with some airbrushing later down the road.

Ascension
03-10-2009, 01:28 AM
Here's where I am right now...finished the ridges/hills, added some dodge/burn to the mountains, and added the froo froo stuff. Now back to my comfy chair.

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gimil*
03-10-2009, 07:21 AM
I love the grudgy feel you can created for this map. It is very nice and the colouring is well balanced.

I do have a concern thou with the rivers and water in general. Some parts of some rivers/coastlines can get very untidy looking and pixalated I feel this could use a little cleanup. I also have a concern about the darkness of the rivers in places. I find some of them even hard to see, which I think will make it even harder for the average colour blind person to see also.

Ascension
03-10-2009, 08:46 AM
Good thing my rivers aren't red then :) Pixellated coasts in places is what I am going for...this is sort of two styles in one. An antique-y one around the edges fading into a more realistic one in the center where the focus is. Execution of said concept is probably lacking at the moment...waiting for inspiration to hit me as to how to make it better.

Hoel
03-10-2009, 09:45 AM
Looks good. I like the fade effect on the edges.
I think some drawn symbols and hand written labels and notes would complete it

Ascension
03-10-2009, 09:52 AM
You read my mind. I'm trying to get some proficiency doing calligraphy with this tablet I found but the worst grades I ever got were in calligraphy classes in college...freakin Cs. So in the end I might just take some font and smudge it up. Good idea about doing the cities that way...will try to get something doodled up at work today while on lunch.

gimil*
03-10-2009, 12:41 PM
You read my mind. I'm trying to get some proficiency doing calligraphy with this tablet I found but the worst grades I ever got were in calligraphy classes in college...freakin Cs. So in the end I might just take some font and smudge it up. Good idea about doing the cities that way...will try to get something doodled up at work today while on lunch.

What software are you using? If it is by any chance photoshop you can always use the pen tool to do your writing and then 'stoke' the paths with one of photoshops calligraphy brushes. Could be a simple alternative to doing it by hand with a tablet.

Ascension
03-10-2009, 05:41 PM
That's a great idea gimil...I had never even thought about that because I rarely use paths. Thanks, man.

Hoel
03-10-2009, 07:17 PM
I never used paths in PS before, I used to do a bit of illustrator work, but since I got gaught up in mapping I've started using them more and more.

Ascension
03-11-2009, 03:43 AM
Tonight's update: haven't had time to draw up some cities or motivation to do the labeling so I made up a wanted poster version...which was the reason for the fade in the first place. Starting to come together now but I need a scale and the aforementioned stuff.

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Steel General
03-11-2009, 07:48 AM
Looking great my friend. Love the wanted poster idea.

Hoel
03-11-2009, 09:49 AM
wth! That really threw me. Hillarious!

Ascension
03-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Well aren't I just a big doofus...I saved this wanted poster version over top of the original map so that means no more editing the terrain. Luckily, all I have to replicate is the embossed text for the scale bar. Still need to draw up some cities and labeling.

Ascension
03-12-2009, 01:23 AM
Tonight's update is just the news...don't want to waste space with a pic that really doesn't show that much. Since I love labeling so much I went ahead and put a page curl on the poster, created some horseshoe nails to hang it with and some rust bleeding down into the poster, and fixed the poster text. I've found that rust is quite a challenge to draw...a challenge that I'm not succeeding at but just middling. Oh, and I put a scale in. Off to find something to do until bed now.

Torq
03-12-2009, 06:30 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing your latest Ascension. Love the idea of the wanted poster.

Torq

Ascension
03-12-2009, 11:34 PM
I think this will be the final version. Just some basic reworking of the rust, paper and other decorative elements. I didn't want to start labeling the thing up as I want the focus to stay on the terrain...as much as possible with the whole poster thing goin on. Plus, I didn't want to cover up any rivers accidentally and thus be disqualified by default. Also, I want to finish my modern/masochism city map cuz I'm having a lot of fun with the tablet and want to do other things.

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Baziron
03-13-2009, 06:44 PM
The Wanted poster idea scores extra points for originality. :)

ravells
03-15-2009, 05:11 PM
LOL excellent! I love it!!

misteradam
03-21-2009, 12:09 PM
very cool!