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    Wip The Ledge and Dairy Inn

    This was my map for the May/June Lite Challenge and, as a few wise souls kindly pointed out, this map could benefit from some more work. So far all the work has been done in Illustrator but I think I will probably paint it in Photoshop. The changes I've made from the challenge version of the map include adding a crane to the tower, making the archways a bit more exciting, and adding some dormers. I'd like to add a few more dormers and some windows to the tower I think, before I start painting. Critique will be eagerly accepted! Especially if you notice something weird, like layers overlapping in the wrong order. There's 43 layers so far...

    The Ledge and Dairy Inn-ledgeanddairy.jpg

    Also, no need to zoom in close, the view is better from afar

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    Oh please color it! I really like this one and I think some color (perhaps with some shadows as well?) could really make it amazing! Personally I actually prefer zooming in on this one. (and that a good thing )

    One little thing, though it's really nitpicking and might just be my personal taste. Something is strange with the crane, I think it's because the perspective on the crane part itself is slightly uneven with that of the ledge beneath it. But perhaps I just think about it because you recently added it.

    Cheers!

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    Yeah, I see what you mean about the crane. After doing some research into Medieval cranes I elected to make it out of two angled pieces, so they don't actually follow the perspective grid which right there makes it jarring. Once I get to shading I'll see if having shadows fall cross it from the doorway makes it look better. Thanks for having a look!

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    Alright, so this is likely to be the version I paint. Yes, later on I will completely erase those cliffs and do something better with them. I added some dormers, took off the legend and lables (for now) and I think the place is ready for a coat of Photoshop paint! I've never done anything like this before, so it may be slow going. Or horrendous. We'll see!

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    Go Meshon go! this has a lot of potential

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    Excellent piece of art! The shape reminds me a bit some buildings of spellhold in Baldur's gate 2, can't wait to see the painting on this.

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    Wonderfully precise detailed drawing.

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    Wow, I just love this, Meshon! All those details make the difference .

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    My goodness, well, I haven't been putting in a whole bunch of time yet, but I started by laying in some basic shadows, so far just based on which direction the objects are facing. Next I'll have to start figuring out where some parts will be casting shadows on other parts. At least for that little square tower that looks like it's floating off the side of the main building.

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    cheers,
    Meshon

    By the way, thank you for all the encouragement!
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    This was already good, and will be a real beauty when you finish it.
    "I like a look of agony, because I know it's true."

    -Emily Dickinson

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