Check out an early draft map of the enchanted Pixelton island (home of discarded 8 bit heroes)! I’ve been working on this for a few weeks trying to pack a ton of detail in with the hope I can use cropped sections in comics down the line. That said – I’m really enjoying putting together. Creating all of these fun nooks and crannies to explore has helped me really visualize the world better. I’d recommend anyone into creating things just to give it a go themselves for fun. Each little area seen here has a reason and a history that helps me appreciate why it should exist. For instance, I can now map the journey of the upcoming graphic novel pretty easily which is exciting.
This disheveled barnacle cove is home to the riff raff unable to make their way through the city gates. Here hundreds have dug into the muddy ground determined to find another way inside. To the East lies the air citadel and the few small tethers that keep it grounded.
This giant sea monster for instance is chained to the very core of the island, and not only physically. The very first “True Hero of Pixelton” died sacrificing himself on these wooded shores after their expulsion from the mainland. Today the tradition of Pixelton Heroes remains and the great fallen warriors of the past are celebrated through statues scattered throughout the rolling cliffs.
For an example of how detailed I’m aiming to go please take a look at the below. This image is of a fairly large section of the island.
As we zoom in we can see we are in the old city section of Pixelton, which uses primarilly stolen architecture from humanity circa the 1980′s.
And as we reach an even closer view we can see that the architecture begins to fade as we reach the market. The building to the right is a vertical bank. The river walk is dotted with sculptures of the great “Pixelton Heroes” who have given their lives alone to protect this sacred isle. A small rusty tram rides on the metal outer rim of the main city. The sad part is this isn’t really complete. There should be windows and banners and… *sigh*
I’m aiming to do the next video update as a time-lapse coloring of this map. Fingers crossed for my poor Macbook! Thanks again for reading.