[Region 1][Map 09][Town 01] Darkovia
OK, I said I was out, but I've got a week to play with (client's out of town on business, so I'm temporarily free.)
Plan is to do a hand-drawn 3/4 view of a castle town. I've always been dismayed by city/town maps because you can't see the beauty of the structures, only a bunch of roofs. But a 3/4 view will let you see it.
I want to keep the town fairly small, so I don't have to draw too much in such a short period of time.
In order to get the perspective right, I created this in 3D using Nendo with the intention of tracing the outlines, then filling in the detail in pencil/pen. I'll probably do some subtle coloring in Xara to finish it.
Anyway, my 3D sketch to make my tracing from... 8)
The rear area of this castle town will have a pinnacle of rock with Castle Darkov at the top, accessed by a winding road leading from the street at the far right of this map view, rising to the castle over the center rear of the town...
Nendo is easy and great for organics
Izware Nendo (who owns it now) offers the app for $49
Compared to Sketchup which free - no comparison. However as a subdivisional surface modeler, I think Nendo is great.
No other 3D modeling app gives me as much freedom to create organic models, animals, plants, monsters - the smooth capability after you model at a lower number of faces creates smooth and rounded shapes with great success.
Really I'd use Nendo to create my complex shapes and models then import to a more complete rendering application like Sketchup. 8)