View Full Version : Hoka Hey! (It's a good day to die)

09-25-2009, 04:22 AM
Hello im new and have been researching this website for the past 2 days and im impressed and overwhelmed at the same time. I use to play DnD then conned out for the easy digital versions wich became boring like EQ WoW need I say more. I have uninstalled my games from my comp and have been taking up the hobby of writing sci fi/fantasy. I havnt published anything or have finished a book for that matter but I am loving this hobby of mine. I love creating art in all forms especially in the form of story.

So I basicly want to make some maps for my stories and have been trying Rob A's award winning gimp tutorial. I have never used any programs so his tutorial has been chalenging for me. I just got stuck on trying to invert haha pretty noob stuff.

Thanks for your inspiration, creativity and guidance.

p.s. Hoka Hey is a title of one of my favorite stories about Crazy Horse one of the Lakota Cheifs from midwest.

09-25-2009, 04:40 AM
We all start out as new, don't worry, just keep practicing and working at it :)

Welcome to the guild, and don't be afraid to post a "WIP" - work in progress thread to show off what you're doing and ask for advice.

Good luck!

09-25-2009, 05:18 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

Steel General
09-25-2009, 06:24 AM
Welcome Aboard!

09-25-2009, 10:27 AM
Welcome, im sure you will have a great time here!!!

09-26-2009, 06:36 AM
Right now im stuck on making my coastline whispy.
Create a new layer called “Seashore”, and fill it with the really light water colour (Water 1). Add a layer mask, using the “Land Mask” channel, and ensure “Invert” is unchecked.
I guess im not sure how to fill it with really light water hehe im getting the complicated stuff its just the easy things that are expected I know is whats hard atm. Anyways here is what i have so far.

09-26-2009, 08:33 AM
Great graduated misty blue on your sea!

It looks like you are off to a great start!

Welcome aboard.


09-26-2009, 11:20 AM
I think that if you apply the Landmask to this layer, or place the land above the sea layers in the layer stack, that would solve the issue of the sea bleeding into the land areas. Would also really make the sea stand out.

I agree with philipstephen: nice misty sea.

09-27-2009, 03:16 AM
This is how far I got today its getting easier there is still allot to learn. I dont like how slim my sea shore whisps are. I am also having a hard time with making my bump map look like robs. Right now im stuck on the dirt so I deleted that layer im taking a break and will try again. Here is what I have so far.

09-27-2009, 05:50 AM
Not too bad, it's got a good looking ground base. I like the wisps, once you have everything else worked out I think they might look nice this way - reminds me of surf.

09-27-2009, 07:17 AM
I had the same problem. They look too thin for you because he's using a 500x500 drawing area, and yours is much bigger. I got good results when I doubled the numbers for the gaussian blur and the displace map.

Still, it doesn't look bad as is either :)

09-28-2009, 04:03 AM
Thanks Gid for the tips it helped allot actually. I tried to go back and touch up my whisps I dont think it made a difference but there not bad so I can live with it. Since this is my first map its pretty much a trial anyways knowing myself i'll want to remake a better one. This is where im at now only problem is the color scheme since im planning on this map being a northern territory for my viking story there will be allot of snow cap and ice. I figure I will finish the tutorial and go back with a different color scheme perhaps on my next map.

09-28-2009, 09:57 AM
Haha, I hear ya. I went through a lot of false starts before I actually finished a map. Each one, you learn so much!

This one's lookin' good :)

09-29-2009, 04:58 AM
I thought about making my mountains look like they have a treeline didnt work out to well but im posting it anyways im going to try something else tomarow. Mountains are hard imo. I was going for snow cap with tree line far from it hehehe.

09-29-2009, 05:05 AM
How do I put a pic next to my name? Just curious I have one id realy like to put in there. This is the one actually ;)

Steel General
09-29-2009, 05:59 AM
Click on the "User CP" link at the top of the page
Click "Edit Avatar"
Click on the "Use Custom Avatar" button and use the file upload box to select the file you want to use or enter a URL
Click "Save Changes"

I think the file you have posted is going to be to large, you'll need to resize/trim it down some in order to use it.

09-29-2009, 08:16 AM
Mountains are indeed hard. Experiment, experiment, experiment, and you'll find a technique you like :)

10-01-2009, 02:39 AM
I dont like the map at all. I will probably scrap it and start over haha. I have learned allot but im still amazed at the maps I see on this sight so I know im in the right place and hopefully in a few months I'll have my legendary map.

10-01-2009, 02:46 AM
I am not sure if its appropriate since it's not a map but I thought I would share my wallpaper I am using and help promote the spirit of Holloween thats right around the corner. I'm pretty excited I do pumpkin carvings every year and invite a handfull of friends over. If it's ok with you guys I could post our pumpkins when we make them in a couple weeks. Anyways thanks for all the help and inspiration after making my own map I have allot more respect for you guys its definately a fine skill.

10-01-2009, 08:28 AM
I'd say post them pumpkins because I do creative pumpkins with my nieces...those 3d kinds that you see sometimes. It'd have to go into the general topics forum, though.

As for your map the thing that is most strikingly wonky is also easy to fix...the regularity of your shapes and the hard bevel. Use a low opacity eraser with a small size and break up the edges of those shapes and then turn down the highlight and shadow of the bevel. Switch back n forth between low opacity small eraser and high opacity small eraser if you want and mix in some low opacity big eraser...just something to break up the edge.

10-01-2009, 12:22 PM
Actually Crow, I kind of like the way things looked in post 14. If you can work from there I think that it could turn out real nice

10-04-2009, 06:39 AM
I have learned so much from Rob A's tutorial for gimp I praised him I hope that's how I give him rep on his post. I'm delirously happy and my wife is grumpily upset over my new hobby. Mission accomplished Rob :P. I sure those who are married or with a hunny understand hehe. So I scrapped the first map to share this one that I am very proud of still allot of tweaks and more to do but im very happy and I got this far on 1 sitting this time. I read a tutorial about ISO images for mountains I would like to understand how that works becuase I could use that technique for my castles and cities. Any info enlighten me plz or direct me in the right direction thx.

10-04-2009, 11:08 AM
Looking good Crow,

Typed praise is good but doesn't add to the rep. If you look to the left of the persons post, at the bottom you will see three icons. The left indicates whether that person is logged in. The right is to report the post iirc. The middle (the balance) is to add to the rep of the person who made that post (you can also subtract from rep I think - but I have yet to do that).

Not that RobA needs any more rep :D but he still deserves all the rep he gets :D

10-07-2009, 06:00 AM
I have been reading a game of thrones by G.R.R.M. and loving it. I book the book down and this is what I came up with after some zoom and hand painting. I realy like the way it came out becuase I wanted to have a snow area on my map and I think this worked. Next is finally rivers and maby I'll touch up the shore and water.

Steel General
10-07-2009, 07:08 AM
Coming along nicely...though your forests seem to a 'mounded' look to them (not the best description I know), and you might consider making their edges a little more 'irregular'. Maybe take a small eraser and remove bits and pieces.

Like the new avatar :)

10-07-2009, 06:35 PM
Bang up job on the base terrain color, looks good. Forests are almost there, maybe a tad darker and more irregular like SG said.

10-09-2009, 06:04 AM
I darkened and erased some of my forest I think it looks better. I have been doodling with rivers in inkscape for a nice tapered look I like how easy Rob makes it eh! This is what my work would have looked like but the png doc was saved at the wrong size so I had some pretty rivers in my ocean hehe. Doh just found out I didnt have landscape selected here ya go still more to do and I want to add lakes for sure. Thx I love your avy too Steel Gen. Just wish I got the brown right. Haha anyways here is my updated map its actually looking alright.