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    Default ICE MERP Layouts from the Mirkwood Module

    I just posted a series of ICE MERP Layouts from the Mirkwood Module here:

    http://iguanaslair.blogspot.com/2011...od-module.html

    The map of southern Mirkwood and first level of Erebor the Lonely Moutain are posted below:





    More images from the module can be found at the blog.

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    Nice maps. I like it when people put a frontal view with the map or include a separate one. Good, clean, printable maps... very easy to use.
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    I just posted a series of ICE MERP layouts from the Lake Town Module here:

    http://iguanaslair.blogspot.com/2011...wn-module.html

    The Map of Lake Town and First Floor Plan for the Citadel of the Maestas are shown below.







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    I have just looked at your site and... wow Lots of really great work. I was wondering if you use a tablet for some of your stuff. I was thinking about pricing one out. You seem to have the effect of hand drawn maps that is hard to get with a mouse. Really Great work.
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    There's nowhere to hide when you're doing straight black and white maps - and these are brilliant examples of how to do them well. That's a real display of skill - congratulations, and welcome to the guild!
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    There's nowhere to hide when you're doing straight black and white maps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Port Paladine View Post
    I have just looked at your site and... wow Lots of really great work. I was wondering if you use a tablet for some of your stuff. I was thinking about pricing one out. You seem to have the effect of hand drawn maps that is hard to get with a mouse. Really Great work.
    I actually bought and still have a Wacom Art Z tablet but haven't used it in a while. I'm pretty sure I used that for some of the AutoCAD drawings but I also used raster to vector conversion programs and converted hand drawn sketches done by the authors to trace my AutoCAD lines over. Sometimes, especially for rough cavern edges or contours, I would use the original conversion polylines in the new AutoCAD drawings since they had a nice natural hand drawn look within the CAD program but usually I would re-draw them over the old lines. I sometimes drew contours and stuff in AutoCAD with a mouse but that's slow going tedious work and doesn't always look that great (not as good as hand drawn lines). These days for house plans and stuff AutoCAD lets you pull in JPG and bitmap files that you can directly trace over. I'm trying to get back into game art and if I can land any gigs I'll probably use some combination of the above techniques for the AtuoCAD drawings but there is always a place for hand drawn maps.

    I tried drawing a few site maps with AutoCAD (mostly towns) but was never as satisfied with the result as I was by drawing them with ink. The other maps and plans shown on the site were drawn by hand using technical pens with black ink on vellum. The vellum allows you to trace over your originals (usually the author's sketches) since that's how they taught us to draw in architecture school - I've never really worked with non-translucent paper . I would usually pre-draw areas that needed to be re-worked lightly in pencil first and then go back and lightly erase any pencil lines showing through afterward so as to not erase the ink (or just design them on separate sketch paper and trace them through the vellum). Once any design work is done, the inking goes pretty quickly depending on the complexity.

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    Default ICE MERP Layouts from the Palantir Quest and Minas Tirith Modules

    Its been a while since I posted any artwork over at Tales from the Tower but I just added a few new illustrations that I did for ICE's MERP modules for the Palantir Quest and Minas Tirith back in the spring of 1994. These were some of the first illustrations I did for them and you can see the beginnings of my signature style emerging in these drawings. I also did some CAD drawings for both modules and a bunch of other residence plans for Minas Tirith but they aren't as nice as these so I didn't post them. I may post more in the future though. Link here:

    http://iguanaslair.blogspot.com/2011...tir-quest.html






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    I must have missed these first time around. Crikey these are good !!! It shows that you have an architectural background. I have often found that the people who are architects seems to have a knack of getting such clean lines and nice style. I suspect its due to ACAD software. I don't think inkscape / illustrator is the same. I had to use ACAD for engineering designs many many years ago and I didn't get on well with it tho. I think it needs a lot of practice.

    If your a Middle Earth nut then you can have a look at the maps were doing as part of the me-dem group here.

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