Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Compass Design for the world of Midgard

Threaded View

  1. #1
    Community Leader Facebook Connected torstan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    4,162

    Default Compass Design for the world of Midgard

    The Midgard iPad Atlas was released this week (see the News story here). I thought I'd show the final compass art, as well as a quick behind the scenes of the process that led up to the final version. Check out the app on the App store (search Midgard Atlas, or go here).

    Here's the final version of the compass:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CompassFinalLarge.png 
Views:	8311 
Size:	458.7 KB 
ID:	48295

    Here's a breakdown of the iterations that led to the final version:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Compasses.jpg 
Views:	7359 
Size:	162.9 KB 
ID:	48294

    I wanted to create a compass that was evocative of the setting whilst also working on an iPad. The setting has old Eastern European themes, some hefty norse influences (no surprises given the name) and a liberally seasoning of steampunk with some gnome automata makers and a couple of airships. So there's a wide spectrum of influences to draw from. I started by creating three rough draft compasses - 1 to 3 above.

    1. Very abstract - with a slight hint of a curling dragon.
    2. Again some hints of dragon in the head and tail, with some features reminiscent of stylistic elven design from the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies.
    3. Straightforward Victoriana pocketwatch compass - harking towards the steampunk elements.

    The guys at Open Design went with 2. but wanted to go more explicit with the dragon motif, ideally mimicking the dragon in the Midgard logo. I worked up a version which was 70% complete with detailed line art and some basic shading - 4.

    They were pretty happy with 4, but concerned that the aspect ratio would cause it to take up too much space on the screen, or that it would need to be shrunken down so small that the detail would be lost. I shrunk down the tail and worked up the metal finish to create the final piece.

    All images are © Kobold Press, 2012, used with permission.
    Last edited by torstan; 09-19-2012 at 03:26 PM.
    Fantasy Map Blog | My food illustration
    Everything I post is free for use and redistribution under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence, except where noted otherwise in the thread.

Posting Permissions

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