They look good to me. I'd not take them right out to the edges - some of the ones at the side must only have half a tree on top as they don't have any overhanging green!
I'd also suggest a drop shadow under the forest, behind the trunks. It should look darker as you see under the forest edge, through the trunks. Otherwise - nice. Good work.
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thanks torstan, joejr ... i was waiting on the shadow till i got the trunks down... one thing at a time people... my overdeveloped mind is attuned to things you could never imagine and therefore can only accept one thing at a time or my head might actually explode .... kidding of course
here's a tip for anyone tho who might care.... concerning scale and mountians... especially mountains in this type of iso map.... best tip I ever learned when drawing hand drawn mountains is never really consider the scale of the mountains your drawing, they don't actually represent each and every mountain. (as long as you don't go into ridiculous extremes) For some reason this helped me way back in the beginning when I had such trouble on drawing mountains.
Hopefully ... that made sense thanks for the tips tho guys that is why I love this place
Forests done... trunks done... shading done ... i hope.
My hills however SUCK ..... I think that the background may have to be redone a bit or perhaps my hills need to be redone.... feedback would be appreciated...
I don't see anything wrong with your hills that couldn't be fixed with making them a little bigger/taller -- and coloring them similar to the way you colored your mountains. Maybe kind of a greenish... goldish (to match your background) color?
And the trees... They're just not doing it for me. I'm afraid they look too flat to me. Too... much like a carpet with legs.
I like the idea of a darker goldish color to the hills.... to a greenish/gold for the lower 'rolling' hills as it were...
Nuh-uh!! carpets don't have legs, everyone knows they only have elbows...
I'm trying to find my own 'style' ... so its a hit or miss... trial and error sorta thing...
No need to flee my friend... I accept all forms of critique and criticism... without it we cannot grow and exceed in ability
don't mind the going out of the lines.. this is just a quick color test for the hills....
I'd suggest changing the layer type on the hills to overlay (and perhaps keeping a low opacity normal copy above it) so that they blend into the map a bit more. Because they are small, they are actually a bit darker than the mountains because of the detail. This might help there.
You also need to sort out your rift. It stands out like a sore thumb as the only non-iso element.
And given you've been having a go at my maps on this, I'll cry hypocrit and ask for a scale
please refer to original post in the thread