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    Default August/September entry: Lookout Islands

    Well I decided to give this contest a shot. I really wanted to practice some techniques and what better way - right? So here's a rough start. I want more zoomed in map, not quite arial view but a hybrid blend of both - with exagerated land objects. So far I've just applied some layer styles, and used my tablet just a bit. Already there's things that I am going to change. For example - the lighthouse needs to be more of top-down view, so it doesn't look so weird. And the patch of forest is really an experimentation I'm trying to mimic from mearrin69's cool map The Docks of Haibianr

    So this will change a lot as I find time to work on it. Most of the time, I don't have a clear direction of where my map will end up. It just sort of evolves into what it becomes. Critiques always welcome.


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    Hey! Did I hear my name being taken in vain in here? Looks pretty cool so far, RjBeals. Actually, I think whatever you did to get the land and water looking so painterly would look better on the forest than the realistic textured style. What if you did it with the texture and then applied that technique? Don't know if it'd work (because I'm not sure how you did it) but I think that watercolor paper thing you've got going on there is a winning style.
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    Looks very nice, and I agree, the paper texture thing looks awesome! By the way, you may want to remove the surplus 'A' in Islands

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    Thanks guys. I agree that the "painterly" effect is nice - and a good word to add to my vocabulary. Obviously I need to work at my spelling

    The forest will be changed to match the style of the map. We'll see what I can come up with.

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    Yep, I really like the watercolor look you have going on here myself.
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    Well I may have lost the watercolor look a bit - but I can get it back if needed - it's just a grunge layer really.

    Here's a few more edits. Redrew the lighthouse with a better perspective. Just still experimenting a bit, trying to figure out the lay of these islands, but overall just having fun. Thanks for the compliments all.

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    That's a good-lookin lighthouse...the whole thing is lookin good.
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    looks really nice - loving the lighthouse
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    Wow great lighthouse! I love the map's style. I can't wait to see the finished map.
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    I like the new lighthouse and its position makes more sense to me - on the edge rather than in the middle of the cluster of islands. The docks top-down perspective is messing with me a little but I'm not sure how you could represent them in the same perspective as the lighthouse positioned as they are. I think you'd have to move them to the left or right of the islands to be able to get away with drawing them that way.

    Have to say I liked your old titling better...though it was a little light. Maybe you could turn down the opacity of your new title a little bit?

    The map's looking great in overall. I like the soft feel and gentle color palette. Keep going!
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