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    Default AUGUST 2013 Entry - Well of Lost Souls

    Hi gang been awhile since I entered one of these . First some background on this particular entry. When I first arrived here my mapping skills and art skills were CRAP ! Now Hopefully slightly less so ? Thanks mostly to the guide minds of the folks around here !! I toyed with all the tutorials here trying to find My style which I have as yet to clearly define Maybe some day . ANYWAYS One of my prefer-ed style is Satellite so I spent a great deal of time trying the Saderan tutorial by TEAR and Creating mountains and other terrains in Photoshop by PASIS I was tinkering on the Well of souls Island in that style. I posted the attached Picture of two scrolls featuring the island and a more general area map. It was basic but it spurred me to complete a much more complete and (better ??) version which I never got to post. In April 2011 disaster struck in the form of a backup drive crash. Everything up to that point was lost. This is the only survivor from my earlier work. I have someone trying one last time to fix the drive enough to get my old stuff back (Inspired by this contest)If i happen to find a later version It will be inserted instead of this in the final work. I don't know if I have time to recreate this entire scroll or Just the island. We'll see. Here is the very basic version.
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    If this doesn't qualify for the "Before " part of this contest let me know and I'll withdraw it ?
    Last edited by lostatsea; 08-14-2013 at 05:32 PM.
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    Default Cloud illusions

    So in the last year or so I have been trying to perfect a unified cloud mapping technique. I am making some progress. Here are the clouds ( Photos taken by me) That I will be using to recreate The Well of lost souls. There are some problems with these photos that will need to be corrected But They have the basic shapes I need.

    History lesson The Well of Lost Souls is an Island reputed to be centered in the Coraspice Sea . I say reputed as none reputable has ever return from there. Surrounded by treacherous Reefs Shrouded in eternal fogs and "Reputed" to be guarded by an ancient Sea Dragon this Island has claimed many of souls. Over the centuries is has been know by many names. Isle of the Lost , Lost Isle , Isle of the Damned .The draw of the unknown. the Lure of dragons treasure Even an attempted escape of pirates have ended the same. Ships and crew lost forever. Most wise men avoid the area altogether. Still some wander into the fog by accident others by design . The later was the case of Captain Noah Swalter and the Brave crew of The Silver Crest.


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    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    The competition is on!

    Don't usually see maps with clouds in them; looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Good luck!
    Here's a link to my deviantART, because I haven't got better things to write here (yet).

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    Default I love clouds !!!

    I started working on this idea Friday after I visited the current challenge forum hoping I could find a better BEFORE picture. Here is part of the process so far.
    One : Desaturate and assemble the clouds do some distorting to get the basic shape.
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    Two: The upper left section is too dark compared to the rest. Adjust .
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    Three: Run it through Wilber to get a starting point
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    Well the White areas on the main Island are to expansive . Need to "Lower" them and paint in new peaks on the bump map.

    Four : Actually closer to 24 attempts.
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    Five :Wilberize again and again and again ETC
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    Last edited by lostatsea; 08-18-2013 at 12:18 PM.
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    Step Six Tinker, Wilberize, Adjust, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Put back into Photoshop use Lighting effects to get a terrain map.
    Basic Terrain features. Will need to Tinker some more as ther isn't enough lowlands to fit fit the idea in my head !! Damn !! Well I am trying to perfect this and practicing a mistake makes a perfect mistake . Or something like that.

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    Last edited by lostatsea; 08-15-2013 at 09:34 PM.
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    For some reason your latest attachment is invalid. But I can see the others.

    You wilbur/photoshop lighting effect results look better than mine. Wilbur is pretty great though.

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    Splendid results

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    Thats funny it was there ????? Well lets try again !

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    Okay this is what happened yesterday. I posted my attachment as usual but I got a number instead of the thumb nail. I clicked on it and it went to the picture. Today it was deleted from my attachments and clicking the number gives an "Invalid attachment" Error. I just tried to again and the same thing happened it uploaded and posted only as a number and not a Thumb? Okay Now its there very Strange. Okay now it is gone again ??? Now It is back again ? WHOOOO my head is swimming !
    Last edited by lostatsea; 08-16-2013 at 04:53 PM.
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    Here is a Wilber PS hybrid which I think Is heading in the right direction.


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    Different lighting and hybridized. Needs more light I guess ?
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    Comments and suggestion always welcome !
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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    Two More Hybrids Closer to what I want !
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    Last edited by lostatsea; 08-16-2013 at 08:07 PM.
    "Aye The skies be clear , the seas be calm and the winds be with us .....

    ARGH!! but the damn compass be broken!! "

    Capt. Noah Swalter Last voyage of the " Silver Crest"

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