I figure that I should actually say 'Hi' here. I posted up a couple maps already, but it occurred to me that I should still pop up here and actually introduce myself.
So I go by the handle Psylence. I just recently became interested in map making. I don't have a lot of background in art, few classes here and there, but I'm having fun learning as I go. I use the PS/GIMP approach to things. I tried using some of the other tools initially, but they never really did what I wanted or seemed like I needed to do a lot of work for something that still looked pretty generated. So I loaded up a few tutorials(Thanks to all you people who make those things, they help cut my learning curve down a lot), and started to play with it. Created a few towns(thanks to Ascension), then a region map, then a more... After three days I made my first region map that I was happy with and posted it up in the WIP/Region thread as it will (inevitably) never end being worked on, and just today started work on/tossed up a WIP submission to the Lite Mapping Challenge.
I'm here because I've been in a bit of a rut lately. Not to go too deep into it, but the job market sucks and I need to branch out. Art's always been something I've toyed around with, but I had some bad experiences with it earlier. Now I'm working my creative muscles, and who knows - maybe I'll be able to turn this into something. Long story short, I like critiques and advice(by all means give 'em so I can get better), and this place seems like a pretty interesting forum to be. Take it easy and see you all around.
Welcome to the Guild, Psylence. Sorry to hear about the rut, but if you want to flex your creative muscles, this is a great place to be.
Thank you, on all accounts. :)
Welcome to the Guild Psylence! Well I do hope that you get things figured out on the employment side, but I'm glad that you found us and look forward to seeing more of your work.
Thanks for the welcome, arsheesh. It's appreciated. Gotta say, really love the look of your maps. Your trees are damn nice, here's hoping I can get mine looking that good at some point.