LAND IN SIGHT
But didn't we intend to draw some
isles and not only a vast ocean? Yup, I think you're right here. Well, then on
we go with the drawing of some land masses! But when you take a look at a
typical map you'll notice that there isn't a strict border between land and sea.
Landmasses "drown" in the sea and at some places the sea is deeper
than on others. We'll try to realize this the following way:
Select a color for the
landmasses, e.g. 26% on your grayscale.
Pick the AIRBRUSH TOOL (hotkey
"J"). This is cool tool number 2 at Artimidor's favourites top
list, so take care! For the quiz fans among you: Guess my favourite tool in
Now select a really big brush
from your BRUSH PALETTE, e.g. the one labeled 65 or 100, depending on the
size of the isle you'll try to draw now (the number represents the amount of
pixels per diameter of the brush).
Start drawing something like this somewhere in your little ocean:
Do you think that God (or the
Gods) had such cool tools when creating this very world? Have they Windows
installed *aaaaargh*? Have they updated in the meantime to Windows 2000 or
Windows Me? Have they installed the latest patches? Maybe a devine
"General Protection Fault" means an earthquake or an explosion in
a nuclear power plant? ... Questions, questions, questions... - Errrr....
Where was I?
Well, using the Airbrush this
way should give you an idea what we are heading for... - Got it?
Just draw on the transparent layer you've just created. This way you'll view the rough sketch in the background and can determine where to put your land masses. The Airbrush is perfect for drawing the soft transition from sea to land. If you're drawing a pure land mass (no transition to the sea, e.g. at the center of the isle) just move the Airbrush several times over the spot and it will become brighter and brighter. Just play around a bit so that you get the feeling for this tool!
Be aware that the transition doesn't begin directly at the borders you made on your sketch! Or - in other words -: The land you draw now should be larger than than on your initial sketch! E.g. if the isle is very small use a MUCH bigger Airbrush!
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