Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Random Map Monday... errr Tuesday: Trying to Add Some Texture
Here is the map I was working on yesterday. I've gotten away from the blob forests with the heavy shading on the edge. Although I still go back to that now and then. I've been working on a different way of coloring the trees, like I did with my lava and reefs. I take three colors of varying colors, in this case different shades of greens and blend them into one another.
I am no artist. Never took an art class and I don't have any concept about shading, textures or some other words art people use. Contrast! I think that's another arty word. So my attempts are clumsy, but I do like where its going.
What helps pull this look off is the undulations. I used to do smooth outlines, but the more jagged out line the more I can play with the colors.
The top map is one that came off straight from the scanned. I usually use that version. Sometimes the colors are a bit muted, but generally its a look I like. Below is a version of the map when I hit the enhance button. It brightens the colors. In this case I think I prefer the enhanced version.
I kept the features to a minimum because this is the next micro-adventure map, Oswalt's Village. A fey forest. I have to do some research, but generally I think I know how it write. The feature in the bottom right bottom corner is supposed to be a thick layer of fog. So anyone trying to get a view of what lies below will only get the quickest of peeks.
I'll know more once I start writing it. I hope to have it done before the end of the week. I'm looking forward to another trip to the bookstore, another caramel drink and getting more writing done.