Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Gormenghast

  1. #1
    Community Leader Gracious Donor ravells's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    10,906

    Default Gormenghast

    Gormenghast is a huge, almost endless castle from the work of Mervin Peake.

    So I figured, why don't we build our own version.

    Attached is the first room. Feel free to build new rooms to it. Let's see how big it gets. If you run out of white space, just make more canvas in whatever software you use. Make sure you save at a highish resolution.

    Let's see how big we can make this sucker.

    Just three rules:

    Black and white only (no grey)
    Try to follow conventions others have already set (eg. stairs, pillars, doors etc) so it looks consistent.
    Don't make complicated symbols others will find hard to reproduce
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	render_01.jpg 
Views:	68 
Size:	89.7 KB 
ID:	36539  

  2. #2

    Default

    Wouldn't it be better to use .png files for this?

  3. #3
    Administrator RobA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Niagara, Canada
    Posts
    5,563

    Default

    Converted to a png and added a room...

    I also snapped the original walls to the pixel. The thick walls are 15px and the thinner lines are 5 px. and the font is 36pt arial.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	render_02.png 
Views:	55 
Size:	30.7 KB 
ID:	36571

    -Rob A>

  4. #4

    Default

    Added a side room with a spiral staircase.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	render_03.png 
Views:	37 
Size:	33.0 KB 
ID:	36573

  5. #5

    Default

    If i may ask, what is the first room? What are those circles?

    Nice job though.

  6. #6

  7. #7

    Default

    That would make sense,

    thanks!

  8. #8
    Software Dev/Rep Redrobes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,806
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default

    I started reading Titus Groan a long long time ago and I found it hard going but it was an incredibly rich and descriptive book. I started it because one of my favourite artists Rodney Matthews did a series of art prints from the book. I have just tried to get some google hits on that but failed. Its in his 2nd book I think - last ship home. I remember long lost rooms in Gormenghast where there was thick dust on the floors and it was all very gothic.

  9. #9
    Community Leader Gracious Donor
    Facebook Connected
    Diamond's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    SF,CA,USA
    Posts
    3,116

    Default

    Hey, cool idea! I too started to read the Gormenghast books years ago and just couldn't get into them. Maybe I'll try 'em again one of these days...

    Anyway, I added a cross-hall and a half-moon chamber. Maybe it's an art gallery or something.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	render_04.png 
Views:	167 
Size:	51.4 KB 
ID:	36578  
    "I like a look of agony, because I know it's true."

    -Emily Dickinson

  10. #10
    Guild Expert Ramah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Nottinghamshire
    Posts
    1,327
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond View Post
    Hey, cool idea! I too started to read the Gormenghast books years ago and just couldn't get into them. Maybe I'll try 'em again one of these days...
    I hear you there, man. I tried several times and managed to get about 50 pages or so. The thing that really sticks in my memory is where Mervyn uses something like two pages of text to describe a wine stain on a cooks apron. How it is shaped, the colour, how it goes in and out of the iight as he rocks back and forth... oh man, just thinking about it is making my eyelids heavy.

    And it annoys me coz I know they are regarded as classics and the actual ideas behind the books sounded really cool. :S
    Royal: I'm very sorry for your loss, your mother was a terribly attractive woman.


    My Cartographer's Guild maps: Finished Maps


    More maps viewable at my DeviantArt page: Ramah-Palmer DeviantArt

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •