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Digital Art

Fictional World Map V3

I’ve been going round in circles with my fictional world map and in the end have decided to simplify a little.  Bump mapping wasn’t really in tune with the feel I wanted so I took that off, added some contour type areas and some text.  I don’t think the text is quite right so I will tweak that a bit, add a border and other embellishments.

UndomeaMap3.2Text

Fictional World Map V2 Mountain Base

I’m still working on a world map for my digital comic.  I’ve re-done the mountain bases to run along tectonic fault lines and also added a grain effect bump map to the land masses (thanks Phil).

I’m in the middle of a wrestling match with Gimp to generate the mountain ridges that I want but I’m not winning at the moment.

Anyway here’s what I have so far:

UndomeaMap3.1MountainBase

Fictional World Map Tectonic Plates

My new pals at Gimp Chat gave some valuable feedback about the location of my mountains – they are rarely at the centre of land masses and should be determined by the location of tectonic plates.

So I’ve gone back to the drawing board and decided where my tectonic plates are going to be:

UndomeaMap3.1Tectonics

I can now see where my mountains should go :)

Fictional World Map Prototype Using GIMP

I have been tinkering about in GIMP trying to create a World Map for my digital comic.

The settings I have played about with are:

  1. Gaussian Blur to create greyscale image layers that will then be fed into the GIMP Bump Mapping tool.
  2. The GIMP Bump Mapping tool.

Anyway after 3 hours of pottering about on the laptop this is what I have:

UndomeaMap2.1

 

Next I’m going to tweak the top ridges on the mountains and also add some text.

 

Wacom Intuos3 Graphics Tablet Setup

I’ve been thinking of transitioning from painting with a mouse to a graphics tablet for a while now so I’ve just borrowed my brothers 6 x 8 inch graphics tablet :)

It’s a serious bit of kit and originally cost probably 4 times what I was intending to spend on a graphics tablet myself.  Only problem was he’d lost the CD so I had to download the drivers off the internet.

I’ve written an article about the process in case anyone else has the same problem:  Setting Up A Wacom Intuos3 Without The CD.

Now I can get on and see what all the fuss is about with graphics tablets …