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    Wip Ukiyo-e Map Objects - take two!

    This should please, Ravs, if no one else. Something I started almost a year ago and never completed, but now I'm going at it again, starting from scratch.

    In an effort to create a series of map objects that can be used for Japanese style RPG game maps - Sengoku, Legend of the Five Rings, Oriental Adventures and the several other Japanese historical/mythical based systems. I am emulating the wood-print block or Ukiyo-e style of landscape art, especially from the Ukiyo-e masters: Hokusai and Hiroshige.

    My plan is to create 20 or so mountains, then hills, then trees, bridges, town symbols, boats/ships, Shiro castles, pagoda temples, temples at Nara, Masoleums like the Tokugawa temple, ports and piers, merchant/craft structures and occupation settings - and basically whatever else I can find or think up. I will create a map using these objects at the end of the series.

    The first two objects are a color filled and non-color filled mountain objects - the same one. I actually viewed a winter landscape scene with a mountain similiar to this - which is why I chose to offer a non-color filled version. Also one could color fill to their needs with that one also.

    Ukiyo-e styled mountains 1 and 2, enjoy!

    (These are transparent PNG files about 540 pixels wide at 100 ppi)

    GP

    PS: if you think I should make them larger, I can do that.

    PPS: and Ravs, I know, about damn time!
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    GP that is stunning, very cool!
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    Very nice, I'll have to hide these away for myself. I'm assuming you drew 'em but if they came from a print, which one? I love this style so I love checkin 'em out. For some reason, it always reminds me of this show on PBS about a decade or longer ago with this guy who did brushwork (sort of like a Chinese Bob Ross) and it always makes me feel mellow but good
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    Post Next mountain...

    I hope the mountain references I find aren't as complicated as this one. Note, I am not "tracing" these objects, rather I'm sketching based on reference, then changing the geography a bit - in this case the mountain is much taller than the reference, but I follow the cascade rather closely.

    Looks like the white backing is peeking at the top, I'll fix that...

    Mountain with a Cascading Stream.

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    You are an extremely talented artist. Have you taken any classes or is this just the result of years of practice?

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    Post Years of practice mostly...

    I took art in high school and a few classes (not even a minor, though) in college. Then I've been a graphic artist, then designer, pretty much self-taught and years of experience. Truth tell, until about 2 years ago, when I started mapping heavily, I only dabbled in hand-drawn work over the years, but never lost the talent for it.

    EDIT: I've always been able to draw. I took art in school to practice my techniques not so much to learn new ones, I was too stubborn and always did things my own way.

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    I wasn't inferring anything nefarious, I just wanted to get me some looks at the inspirations so I could get some as well. I took art classes the same way...and for the easy A to pad my GPA
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    Post whoops!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    I wasn't inferring anything nefarious, I just wanted to get me some looks at the inspirations so I could get some as well. I took art classes the same way...and for the easy A to pad my GPA
    Sorry, forgot to post the references!

    First mountain (and I will do a couple more from the same landscape scene) is by Hiroshige, Mountains and Rivers of Kiso, ca 1857

    Mountain with a Cascading River is by Hokusai, Yoshino Waterfall: Yo****sune washing his horse (I didn't put the horse or guys in my version), from the Series - A Journey to the Waterfalls of all the Provinces, ca. 1830 - 1831.

    Note: I made major changes in the second one, and merely cropped the mountain down for the first one.

    GP

    Edit: just realized a "4 letter word" beginning with an "sh" is in the middle of that Japanese man's name - LOL.
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    Laugh. Love the censor on that one. Superb images, GP. I'm looking forward to more, even if I'll probably never use them myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    I took art in high school and a few classes (not even a minor, though) in college. Then I've been a graphic artist, then designer, pretty much self-taught and years of experience. Truth tell, until about 2 years ago, when I started mapping heavily, I only dabbled in hand-drawn work over the years, but never lost the talent for it.

    EDIT: I've always been able to draw. I took art in school to practice my techniques not so much to learn new ones, I was too stubborn and always did things my own way.

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    Very nice. You a righty or a lefty (yea I know I'm getting off topic)?

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