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Thread: The Wide Wild Field - Comission

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    Community Leader RobA's Avatar
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    Default The Wide Wild Field - Comission

    This was a bit of a deviation for me - I was asked to illustrate a map for a to-be-released collection of children's stories, "The Wide, Wild Field" by Becca Price.

    More of an illustration than a map, it depicts the imaginary world in a field beyond the hedge where the characters from the story live.
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    I started with a perspective guide and hand sketched out a proposal, then brought it into Gimp where everything was drawn by tablet. I blocked the houses in sketchup to match the perspective and brought those into Gimp as a guide to draw them in fully and add detail.

    Labeling was in Inkscape.

    The colouring was done after in Gimp, going for a Dr. Seuss palette.

    The original B&W drawing was the same physical size, but 300DPI. I also provided a B&W ebook version (600x500px) with the border cropped out, some sharpening, and colour reduction to 16 shades of gray.

    -Rob A>

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    I love the facial expression of the frog.

    You certainly got that Dr. Seuss color scheme you were looking for. Nice to see such a brightly colored, happy map for once. A lot of the folks on here tend to make stuff dark and gloomy (though sometimes that's good).

    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.

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    Perfect look for a children's book, I'm sure she is pleased with it.

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