Runes of Magic

I am very new to the concept of vector art.  I fiddled some with it a bit while working the local TV station which must not be named.  Recently I’ve really wanted to become more familiar with using vector art as a tool due to it’s powerful ability to be resolution independent, something with which I was totally unfamiliar.  I really wanted to be using Adobe Illustrator, but the whole poor factor cut me off.  What I’ve been using is called Inkscape, a free, open-source vector art tool.  I’ve found it to be very easy to pick up and start learning the concepts.

There is a neat new game called Runes of Magic that is currently in a Beta-Testing phase.  It’s a free MMORPG (massively multi-player online role-playing game).  Much of it looks like a WoW (World of Warcraft) ripoff, but reading about it and seeing screenshots intrigued me.  I’m excited to try it some day.  One thing I did was try my hand at making my own wallpaper using some of their concept art and screnshots.

I turned these:

into this:

Since this is my first attempt at something like this, I could use plenty of feedback, comments, constructive criticism (this means you Dave and Brooke).

Casey.

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~ by Casey on Thursday, August 28, 2008.

3 Responses to “Runes of Magic”

  1. It looks good, Casey.

    How do you think Inkscape compares to Illustrator?
    I’ve been meaning to try it, but I haven’t gotten around to installing X11.

    P. S. My blog is actually at ascendinglines.wordpress.com/
    (I’m just contributing to Celluloid Hope.)

  2. Sorry about the delay, but I’m finally getting around to commenting on this.

    I really like what you did with the background – not only changing the color(s), but adding the crease in the “paper.” It really feels like I’m looking at an old book, pages yellowed by time. I love that. The subtle darkening towards the bottom is also a nice touch.

    Placement of everything seems pretty good; though maybe the logo could’ve gone elsewhere, as it kind of covers up the tower somewhat, which already ‘anchors’ that side of the image. But it’s fine, really.

    A few comments on the knight: I like his shadow, it looks good; but overall, he is too….thick, and too black. He feels a bit out of place in appearance, and it’s hard to distinguish any detail in him. Is he supposed to be somewhat out of place, or is he supposed to be part of the ‘page’ behind him?

    Overall great job! Certainly as good as the other video game wallpapers I see floating ’round the ‘net.

  3. DrawPlus is another great free vector art program. Version 4 is free, anyway, and the newer versions are cheap.

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