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    Wip Middle eastern street WIP

    Hi,
    I'm trying to get better at painting in PS, and the current project is making a decent looking middle eastern street, with houses and a bazaar.

    this is the first house + a rough sketch of the ones next to it.

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    the biggest problem IMO is that the painting gets too "cartoony" - i'm trying to stop making dark thin lines to separate walls, but it just doesn't seem right.

    any advice would be most welcome

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    Looks like a good start...
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    I like it. So far so good.
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    Looks really good IMO. I couldn't begin to offer advice as I can't draw a stick figure with a stick.
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    ok,
    image size was way too small, so I restarted.
    this time i'm making a B&W layer & adding color afterwards.

    It's much more difficult to get the colors right this way, but at least the shadow effects look better.


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    I like this version better.

    Maybe you can add small (pixel?) dark blue dots along the top edge of the light blue to simulate a tile mosaic? It does remind me of pictures of Morocco.

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    yeah, i was kind of aiming for a Morrocan (or maybe Yemeni) style. I think the tiles won't look good there since this looks like a rather poor house, the one next to it would look more fancy :-].

    also, I want to do the interior of the house, but can't think of cool stuff to put there (lack of imagination due to too much time studying for tests) - shoudl this be:
    1. an alchemists home & lab?
    2. an old cartographers home?
    3. some other cool thing?

    p.s.
    I can't seem to be able to get the colors right - wither it's too dark (B&W luminosity only layer + color layer) or it's too bright & cartoony (single layer pigment + shadows), is there a better way of coloring?

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    As for actual cartography help I am the wrong person to ask

    For the contents, I think that a simple low table and pillows or short/camp stools just inside the door with some nice rugs scattered about makes a nice simple generic interior for the first floor.

    Then again I like my maps where I can use them several times for different locations by adding a few extra furnishings.

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    I thought about making different setups in different layers of the photoshop file (like "if you roll 1-3 - it's a normal house, 4-6 it's a satanic cult hiding place"). it'd be a great way to learn working with layers.

    btw - what's camp stools?

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    Camp stools are small low to the ground folding stools.

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