2. 1 looks messier. Of course, you say it's unfinished, but the style of the mountains still doesn't look as clean.
Once again I have a small feedback request for my sheepherding game... This time I'd love a comment whether map style 1 or 2 is the most appropriate. Okay, we're not talking the Mona Lisa in either one, but which would you prefer? Please note that the first isn't a finished version, but maybe you'll get an idea of the style anyway.
Update: I made a few changes according to suggestions, and the second one turned into this:
And this is a screenshot of the main gameplay, if you're wondering what the context is:
There are good and bad points to both map styles (in my opinion), and I can't decide whether to go with one or the other. I'm sure some of you'd feel that neither is good enough, but alas! - it seems my budget doesn't permit better art at the moment.
A simple vote for 1 or 2 would be excellent. If you have some suggestion like "the first would be decent if you changed this or that" it'd be even better!
Both look very similar in style. The first one looks somewhat more detailed, so I'd go with that one. Do add more details on the houses. Also, I'm not too fond of the mountains in the first one.
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I like 1 better; I think the bridge and riverbank both look better there.
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Both are quite similar, but having to choose I would go for the more detailed first pic.
Haha... Seems to be quite a draw. (If I were in the mood I'm sure I could've made some stupid pun about that right now.)
The biggest reason that I wanted to get some second opinions on this is because the first one is drawn by this artist I hired; the second one I put together myself. I love the sprites he produced but I'm pretty unimpressed by a lot of things on the map screen. So I got a why-am-I-paying-an-artist-for-something-I-can-do-decently-myself-even-if-I'm-no-artist-feeling. Especially since I made my (granted, much less detailed) version much faster.
I might be jumping to conclusions - there might be other opinions later - but at the moment it seems that I can leave the spritework for the artist and make the maps myself, as long as I put more effort into stuff like the river/riverbank/houses and details in general. (At least it doesn't seem to be an awful lot worse.)
Thanks to you who answered; I'd still like more opinions though!
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I like #2, because it is rendered more cleanly and evenly, though as you say #1 is unfinished. The cleaner look of #2 also suits your interface elements better.
Are the clouds moving overlays? I would restrict them to the top 1/4 of the screen (unless they actually represent a rolling fog).
...And there's a draw again... Yep, the clouds are scrolling alpha-blended over the map. That's an excellent suggestion - I'll definitely keep them to the upper part of the screen. No fog, fog bad.
I'd say #2, like said before easier on the eyes because of its sharpness. I don't like the bridge in #2 however. Both are very well drawn though.
As for #1, I also like it, just the mountain could be improved. I really like the water in this picture. And, possiblely the left tree could be improved.
Its very close, I would choose #2 just for its sharpness and ease on the eyes. Good Luck!
I also like #2 better. Guess this is a case where less is more.
p.s. I like the dog. It's kind of cute.
Thanks a lot! I thought the second one fit in a little bit better, but I didn't want to be self-conceited. I'll take note of your comments and suggestions, and try to improve the style of the second one. There're many details to improve, it seems.
Apart from the perspective being all over the place in both of them, I like 2 better.
Another vote for #2. The general layout and coloration looks a lot better, I think.
I'd use #2 but add the tree next to the house at the top of the hill from #1 and make the colors a bit warmer too (color balance, just add a bit more yellow and red, esp. the bridge and the surrounding bushes).
Trees added, bridge changed and bushes modified a bit; I'll see what I can do about improving stuff even further. (Like the riverbank and other details.) Thanks a lot for the advice!
Here's the new version: http://www.cynicalstuff.com/files/map3.jpg
Yep, your version is much better for me, and even more so with the revisions. There's nothing *wrong* with the artist's version, I just think it's a little flat and lifeless compared to your own.