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    Default May 2011 Challenge Entry - The Tripartite

    The idea here is a walled nation comprised of three races, all working together. Sure, they have their tiffs and problems, but they work it out for the good of the whole, and there is always a third vote to break ties.

    I have, in the past, found myself drawn to a vaguely cartoony style, which is very different and a lot harder than my normal texture-manipulation-and-layer-effects methods. But the point of these challenges is o make yourself grow as an artist, right?!

    Anyway, I have just started and am getting my footing here, so it might be pretty ugly for a while. I've made basic sketchup shapes to help me with perspective and consistency, then I am going in with a 3px brush with shape/transparency dynamics on it to sketch in the detail. This is also going to be a new experience for me, as I normally love crisp black lines which allows for easy coloring...

    I think I've bitten off a lot here, and it remains to be seen if I'll be able to chew it.

    Started work on the basic layout and have gone in to start sketching the first city--the human one.

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    Love the way you draw them buildings, man.
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    Great start - I love the light/dark motif you're going with.
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    It reminds me of the cover or loading screen of Black And white 2.

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    Everything is still very rough, but it is coming along.

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    Very very nice

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    Grr, i was thinking of doing something similiar, not only did you get to the idea first you're doing it better than I could. Good start, now I shall shake my fist at you while I move onto my backup idea.

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    After your sweeping victory in the last challenge, someone has to throw some roadblocks on your way!

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    I noticed everything was a little off-kilter. Whoops. Hopefully that is fixed.

    I think the key here will be filling up the landscape. Also considering some kind of central meeting hall in the center of the map... I'm anxious to see where this goes.

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    Very Very Cool.

    Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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