Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: City of Yprath

  1. #1
    Guild Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    94

    Post City of Yprath

    The City
    The small City of Yprath exists to host the most senior college of seers in the land. Two of the most potent lay-lines known often cross beneath the island on which the College was founded. The city is nominally under the suzerainty of the Emperor of Great Maern, but the arrangement is less secure than the Emperor would like to admit.

    Inspiration
    I wanted to attempt to recreate a map in the style of a 16th century German engraved atlas. This meant that most of the final artwork was done by hand using a tablet. Only a few things are cloned - most notably the trees and a few of the tower tops and buildings.

    Software & Hardware:
    - Sketchup for the architecture of the city itself

    - Photoshop for texturing the paper background and throwing on a few filters at the end

    - Fireworks for the taxing job of tracing the Sketchup output and adding in the landscape.

    - Probably 98% of the final product was created with an Intuos tablet. It made drawing *so* much easier than with a mouse.


    Thanks
    To the folks who offered some very worthwhile suggestions in the WIP thread.

    [Doh! Original file replaced because somewhere along the way between versions I accidentally deleted some battlements. Fixed now!]

    KB
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails City of Yprath-cityofyprath.png  
    Last edited by Kingbreaker; 04-20-2009 at 09:56 PM. Reason: Minor Error - Some towers were missing battlements!nor
    "The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan

  2. #2
    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ft. Wayne, IN
    Posts
    9,463

    Default

    Very nice!
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.



  3. #3
      Gandwarf is offline
    Community Leader Gandwarf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    3,025

    Default

    I love this map Kingbreaker! I really do. Must have repped you a couple of times now, but have some more rep. Crossing my fingers for a featured map here. It's a really unique perspective and style that I haven't seen on this forums (recently). The water is a lot better in this version.

    The only small point of criticism: I would have liked to see you do something to the roads. They feel a bit empty at the moment.

    Darn, I want maps of my own cities that look like this
    So much to do, so little time...
    Check out my City Designer 3 tutorials. See my fantasy (city) maps in this thread.

    Gandwarf has fallen into shadow...

  4. #4
    Guild Artisan
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    521

    Default

    Congratulations on creating such a wonderful map and piece of art - both in keeping with the time period of that style! I love it.

  5. #5
      NeonKnight is offline
    Community Leader NeonKnight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Surrey, Canada, EH!
    Posts
    5,025

    Default

    Congrats on a beautiful, and evocative map!
    Daniel the Neon Knight: Campaign Cartographer User

    Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice!

    Any questions on CC3? Post them with CC3 in the Subject Line!
    MY 'FAMOUS' CC3 MAPS: Thunderspire; Pyramid of Shadows; King of the Trollhaunt Warrens; Demon Queen's Enclave

  6. #6
    Guild Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    94

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Gandwarf View Post
    The water is a lot better in this version.
    You can thank my GF for that - she pushed me to try a different style. She actually deserves a fair amount of the credit for improving this beyond what I would have settled for - the horizon line and the final contour of the lake were her ideas too, along with some of the finishing effects. I'm a pretty lucky guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Gandwarf View Post
    The only small point of criticism: I would have liked to see you do something to the roads. They feel a bit empty at the moment.
    I agree - if the urge ever strikes to monkey with this some more, that's the first thing on the agenda. Not for a while though ;P

    Quote Originally Posted by Gandwarf View Post
    So much to do, so little time...
    Indeed!

    My next masterplan will be to do very modern, very FAST maps with NO hand drawing or tracing whatsoever!


    "The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan

  7. #7
      crazyred is offline
    Guild Apprentice crazyred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    34

    Default

    Love it, well done! It really feels like Giotto or Dante could be around any corner.

  8. #8
      Ramah is offline
    Guild Expert Ramah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Nottinghamshire
    Posts
    1,327
    Blog Entries
    3

    Post

    Very beautiful map. Love it, love it.

  9. #9
      Naeddyr is offline
    Guild Adept Naeddyr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Finland
    Posts
    289

    Default

    This is a great map. It always glads my heart to see people doing different styles of maps, especially those that are historically inspired.

  10. #10
      Sirith is offline
    Guild Member Sirith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Western Europe
    Posts
    98

    Post

    Awesome map. I immediately thought of some antique maps (of major European cities) I saw in a castle in the Czech Republic, and this would fit right in. Again, awesome stuff

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •