View Full Version : July Entry: Realm of the Silver Sun

07-20-2009, 08:12 PM
Late entry, I know. I hope I'm able to finish it in time.

Basic info: This is a landmass floating in the air that can only be reached by airship or a really potent flight spell. It is the only known source of Wisp Sugar in the known world.

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07-20-2009, 09:36 PM
Very artsy, I like it very much.

07-20-2009, 09:55 PM
Now that's a nice map, original view angle with a nice artistic look. Its a little blurry, but that's the style and I like it. I would like to see more geographical features come through, right now it all looks like farmland/grassland.


07-21-2009, 01:24 AM
Nice looking map you have there :) Great that you decided to join the challenge. I hope you have time to finish the map in time!

Steel General
07-21-2009, 06:15 AM
Very nice... looking forward to seeing the final product.

07-21-2009, 06:30 AM
Oooh, very nice!

07-21-2009, 07:00 AM
Thanks all for the encouragement. I wanted to try something watercoloury for some time now.

Added some details.

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07-21-2009, 09:51 AM
I knew that looked familiar...Sark.


07-21-2009, 09:57 AM
Yup, let's see what I can make out of it.

07-21-2009, 01:02 PM
Some more mountains

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07-21-2009, 01:10 PM
Very nice map! I love the hand-drawn look and your added mountains work well in this isometric view. I also like both the pillar of fire and the "sparklies" around the Wisp Hold.

We don't get enough hand-drawn work, so I always appreciate that.

Have some REP!


07-21-2009, 01:27 PM
Oooohhh Aaaahhhh.

Yes I like this map a lot. This is so original - well ok so the shape isn't - but the style and rendering of it is exquisite or should I say enchanting ! This has it all and is sure to do very well.

07-21-2009, 01:36 PM
I personally like the river that runs off the edge... makes me wonder about the consequences it has below, like an everlasting shower or something.

07-21-2009, 03:53 PM
Well spotted Dogzilla - how does someone in the US have such an intimate knowledge of little islands off the the coast of the UK?

Love what's been done with the map and the place names, together with the name of the map are truly enchanting ( I think from the point of view of getting enchantment into your map, place-names are going to be more important than usual).

07-21-2009, 06:30 PM
I have a thorough and well-thought critique to make about this map: wow!

I like ... well, everything about it. I like the style, the detail and the perspective. If I had to nitpick something, I'd say that the compass looks a bit out of place. It's too clean, too "modern" for my taste to fit correctly the rest of the map. But it's the only thing I could remotely complain about.

07-21-2009, 07:06 PM
Thanks again to all of you for the kind words.

To be honest, for me, this is more of an exercise to rejuvenate rusty illustration skills than anything else.

Time runs short, and I don't know if I can make it in time, but I'll try.

If I have enough time left by the end of the contest I might even change the somewhat out-of-place compass and relabel the thing.

What I'd also love to do is to write an e-mail to the council of Sark to get to know what they think about what I have done to their home.
I planned this as a surprise post, but since it's no longer a surprise, I can tell you right away.

Anyway, here is the latest terraforming:

(For those interested in the story behind it: The new mountain just by the landbridge to the Pillar of Fire portion is "The Birth Mountain", where all inhabitants of the realm give birth to their children along with a priest and a midwife. The magic aura of the mountain makes the pain completely go away. A happy place, as any enchanted land should be. ;) )

Edit: I forgot to tell you that I got rid of the stroke to emphasize the "finished" parts.

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Steel General
07-21-2009, 07:40 PM

07-21-2009, 08:51 PM
I'm glad I didn't enter this challenge. Nothing is more depressing than when someone else's entry is inspired and yours is forced, and try as I might, I couldn't find the inspiration for this one.

Beautiful job Tear. You have great talent in this medium.

07-22-2009, 01:08 AM
I really dig that. Kudos!

07-22-2009, 10:06 AM
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07-22-2009, 11:45 AM
This has a beautiful painterly and artistic feal to it. It looks like a fairy tale in map form! Love it.

07-23-2009, 11:11 AM
Nice. The isometric (sp?) view is what I wanted to do with my enchanted forest, but I couldn't draw it nearly as well as you've done here. Well done. This place has the feel of high fantasy epic adventure. I love the mysterious elements like the pillar of fire. I also love how the crops look like leveled land around the edges.

07-24-2009, 10:20 AM
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07-24-2009, 07:08 PM
Sorry for my lack of comments lately, but both private and job stuff came up, and I was struggling to get any updates done at all.

So while I am really determined to do this, now I am seeing I was only able to get about half of what I had in mind done and unfortunately there's no way I'm going to finish this in time.

Depending on the exact date when this will be closed, I might be able to sneak in another update. Then again, I might not. Depends on how the situation resolves itself around here.

In any case, it was really a fun project to work on. I hope you liked following the progress as much as I did.

07-25-2009, 06:14 AM
Well, what were you going to add anyway? It looks pretty finished to me!

07-25-2009, 01:29 PM
Hmmmmm....Usually, I do not look at the entries until Voting Time, but I must say, WOWSERS UNCLE GADGET!

07-25-2009, 02:55 PM
love the fairy dust to the south!

joo paulo
07-25-2009, 11:49 PM
It is a beautiful island in the sky!
The waterfall looks like a good place to take a dive! :lol: