WIP city first attempt

Hey, pretty new to all this and trying my first city map. Got the first district finished but imo it looks a little unrefined. Constructive criticism is very welcome!



  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator

    Looks good. The main thing that seems to be missing are effects. Especially the piers look very flat on the water without some kind of shadows and/or glows or bevels to help elevate them a bit.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    It's a good start, and yes - effects would make everything pop :)

  • Thanks, I will give these things a try.

  • Well I gotta say, enabling even the default effects make it so much nicer that it feels like cheating. Had to fiddle with it a bit to get the docks working but I'm actually mostly satisfied with the look now. Thanks a bunch for the tips, though if you see something else that could be improved, don't hesitate to say. I'll be sure to post the whole thing once it's finished.

  • edited November 18

    Perhaps a few chimneys or upper storeys or other enhancements eg dormers, awnings and wings. See pic below

    I particularly like the way you have your houses touching - as they would in most medieval cities. I am not sure about the monochrome look, by that is a matter of taste.

    The layout is a bit too geometrical, and there are no extramural dwellings (yet).

    But a really good first city - mine was much worse than this.

  • I like the look of those little roof window things but I'm a bit hesitant to go too far into the building details. I have a habit of biting off far more than I can chew and this particular district takes up about 15% of the area within the city walls. I'll certainly try to make future roads a bit less grid-like when I've got more space.

    Think you might be right about the buildings all being one colour though. I'll try switching that up and see what I prefer.

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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