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Djekspek
03-10-2010, 04:28 PM
Heya, found inspiration and time again to start working on this months entry. It is gonne be 3d-ish again but wanted to see if i could use sketch-up to help me out on the perspective a bit. First I did some research on Japanse art, houses and stuff. After that I started with a version to figure out how to draw/color/paint it to give it the look-n-feel i'm aiming at and finally I did a 1st sketch-up mockup to be used as basic overlay in PS to get the buildings in the right perspective. Next I need to figure out how to piece things together and make it look more 'mappy'. Maybe i'll do a complete top-down view .. then again maybe not... well, lets see where this goes :) cheers!

Ghostman
03-10-2010, 04:56 PM
I like the style, the snow especially looks very impressive. Wouldn't it make more sense though to have that watermill placed on the other side of the bridge, where one would expect the river current to be stronger?

mearrin69
03-10-2010, 08:48 PM
Looks awesome as always. Really like your iso style.
M

Djekspek
03-14-2010, 05:23 PM
thanks guys, i moved the mill and merged the 3d sketchup render in the PS canvas tryin to give it an oriental look. beginning to get the hang of drawing snowy stuff as well so hope i can get that trough in the details as well as giving it the 'serene' japanese look... also started to work on some overland map but still struggling with it so not yet inserted.. well... loads of work to do still. cheers!
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Gamerprinter
03-14-2010, 06:39 PM
That's a beautiful border, Djekspek! Have some REP!

GP

mearrin69
03-15-2010, 12:35 AM
Yeah. The border is great. Map's looking good too. :)
M

Djekspek
03-18-2010, 02:49 PM
heya, another update. linework in progress... still loads of work to do. wasnt happy with it and started 2 times over with different approaches (incl. a top-down view) ... ending up again with the one i started ... still not 100% happy with it but time is running out so this is gonne be the way.. man it's hard to get a snowy look-n-feel :( cheers

ravells
03-18-2010, 05:56 PM
God, those line-art houses are just beautiful!

Ascension
03-18-2010, 06:17 PM
Dude, I hope you get this one done cuz I'm totally quitting now :)

Djekspek
03-19-2010, 11:16 AM
hehe thanks guys .. and Ascension please dont quit ;) (i know you'll get yer 'mapping-fire' burning again soon enough) ... another update. colored the stuff (its getting kinda 'flat' though so maybe a need some changes on that), river color needs work still too. most of linework done (still some areas need a bit of work) and handpainted a regional map. Now it's finishing touches, finding composition for all elements, etc... i think i'll be able to finish this in time :) cheers!

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Ascension
03-19-2010, 05:58 PM
I'd say way too much blue. Use the blue as a shadow color and put some more white back in. Or maybe something so pale blue as to barely be noticeable. You could also use some warm tones like yellow and orange to add some spice for dirt areas.

ravells
03-19-2010, 08:15 PM
sigh....so beautiful.....so beautiful.

mearrin69
03-20-2010, 02:13 AM
I'm going to agree with ascension on this. Unless you're going for a twilight look to it I'd suggest going in and really highlighting the surfaces to differentiate the light and shadow. As I mentioned to GP in his thread, I recently read a landscape painting book that suggested purplish shadows for snow, with a bright contrasting tint for the highlights. Not sure what that is? Yellow? Whatever it was, I was stunned by the results...I didn't even notice the color until the author pointed it out in the image.
M

[edit]Oh, but I forgot to say...it looks amazing!

Djekspek
03-21-2010, 09:57 AM
thanks guys, indeed the blue is way off... been pondering on how to make it better. in the end i decided to completely redo the linework to give it more contrast (and make it better printable as well). Also added more details to make it less blue and more interesting. also created a bamboo-ish border for the reginal map. I still need to throw in more warmer colors (dunno yet how to do it in a natural way but i'll find a way ;) ) and do something with the river (maybe add a waterfall or something) ... but here's the update so far. cheers

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Djekspek
03-28-2010, 05:53 PM
Keen eye Ascension, maybe introduce the 'art-brief-police' ;) Anyway, I'm glad we get the chance to all correct this flaw. I added labels and did a few minor changes while having opened the file... cheers!

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ravells
03-28-2010, 05:57 PM
You've ruined it Dj!!! ruined it!! :)

My reading of the legend rule is that you have to name all the rice farmers / vegetable farmers etc too? Maybe Torstan could guide?

torstan
03-28-2010, 06:14 PM
My reading of it is that you need to indicate the houses that are the peasant houses, but not necessarily which is which. On the other hand, it could certainly be seen as a bonus to have the different professions indicated.

Djekspek
03-29-2010, 04:52 PM
Hmm, i tried labelling but it got messy. Lesson (yet again...when will I learn) is to plan labels ahead. I tried text and numbers on all buildings but couldn't get it to match the style and make it fit in a way I want it. Texts got messy and numbered labels on each house needed too much contrast to make them noticable. I also tried "minature houses" as reference in a legend (so I wouldnt need labels) but it's not yet clear enough yet in my head so couldnt get it on 'paper' ... Grrr...

So I guess no labels on each individual house but just the main buildings (the rest is all farmhouse)... I did do a tiny change as the composition was a bit off so I moved the map a little to the right and whitened the border. hehe Ravs, hope I didn't ruin it completely now else i'd have to start all over again ;(

cheers!

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