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Naina
07-22-2009, 10:21 AM
I've been experimenting with a sort of hyper-realistic style of satellite mapping, but I'm getting really hung up on ice fields/glaciated areas. I don't want to use flat white, especially on the extremely mountainous areas, so I came up with this. I've been staring at it for too long at this point, so I need an outside opinion.

Jykke
07-22-2009, 01:03 PM
It does have some cloudiness in it, and I'm not sure if the features on the icy area are too big. Btw, If you don't like plain white, you could always search the internet for a better ice/snow texture. That probably didn't answer your question..

töff
07-22-2009, 01:32 PM
Why don't you look at satellite pics of the poles.

edit: Yeh, what Jykke said.

Sigurd
07-22-2009, 03:18 PM
The green areas look good. Can't really comment at this resolution.

We might be able to see better with a bigger picture.

Sigurd

Naina
07-22-2009, 03:41 PM
I changed the texture of the ice over the ocean and spent some time rearranging the northern mountain layers. Also added some ice floes at the edge of the ice. Next project is reworking the shading of the ocean. I took Toff's advice (which was excellent) and poured over Google Maps for a while. I need to get the water darker at the poles and shade lighter down to the equator.

Sigurd
07-22-2009, 04:34 PM
Interesting. I like this size much better.

It seems like you've gone through a fair bit of effort to have a 3d effect for the grounds and then you draw your rivers without obeying or affecting them.

Sigurd

Naina
07-22-2009, 04:42 PM
Yeah, that's been bothering me too. What I really want is to get the rivers to have a 'cutting' effect, like they've been carving the ground away. Do you think I can have enough control (using GIMP) to achieve that effect, or should I toss this river scheme all together and completely redraw them?

Steel General
07-22-2009, 05:00 PM
You could try putting a slight bevel on them using a brownish color, that may help you achieve the affect you're looking for.

Albrechtw4
07-22-2009, 06:02 PM
I haven't done the research to support this statement, but I don't think trees would grow right up to the edge of a glacier. And that lake that is right on the edge would probably be frozen.

Gandwarf
07-22-2009, 06:59 PM
I haven't done the research to support this statement, but I don't think trees would grow right up to the edge of a glacier.

Well, if it's a glacier and it's not retreating it could be coming for the trees:

http://dsc.discovery.com/earth/slideshows/top-10-alaska-glacier-surprises/index-02.html

RobA
07-22-2009, 08:01 PM
Yeah, that's been bothering me too. What I really want is to get the rivers to have a 'cutting' effect, like they've been carving the ground away. Do you think I can have enough control (using GIMP) to achieve that effect, or should I toss this river scheme all together and completely redraw them?

I think Sigurd was referring to how the rivers seem to flow both up and down hill over the land contours.....

(wait for it...)

http://www.cartographersguild.com/customprofilepics/profilepic768_2.gif

(man, that never gets stale...)

It would definitely help to have the rivers embossed into the terrain. And were less jaggy. Assuming you are using a mouse and not a tablet, I'd suggest making paths for rivers then stroking them with the paint tool. You can create tapered strokes by enabling brush dynamics, or control the thinning better using my script. There is a little tut here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?p=32810).

-Rob A>

Naina
07-24-2009, 10:16 AM
I've completely reworked the rivers in this version, trying to follow my own contour lines. It's not often one specifically requests the river police, but I'll try to flag one down to see if I've gotten it more right. Also tried to blend in my estuaries so they look more natural.

Gandwarf
07-24-2009, 11:55 AM
You seem to have some rivers starting on flat terrain. Most rivers tend to start in the mountains and they empty into the oceans.