I never ever made a map for any game, and just a few days ago i decided to start mapping. I just decided this because i've played (and finished) Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and found it great by the use of new sabers; though if the saber fights are great, I found the environments less thrilling than in Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast, hence my decision about making what I would have liked to be in the game (i'm talking about single player essentially).
I have no computer art school nor architect school experience, and It's known that most of artists put their works on scratch before starting the final version of their work, as in literature as in painting as in any project, in fact.
As there is methods to learn so it becomes technics with experience, I need the methods to apply my ideas on paper.
So finally, my request is: Could the experienced mappers post their sketches from paper on this thread so I could see "how & what"? For no risk of plagiarism or project thieves, don't post your next map sketches =/.
WARNING!!! This is not a tutorial request for jk2radiant. For tutorials, I'm learning on my own with this site: http://richdiesal.jedioutcastmaps.com/tutorials/index.html Very sadly, It's not finished, but for what's in, it seems very complete.
Thanks to whom has time to lose for scanning their art.
What In do basically, is drawing it in top view. Then, I "create" it in my mind, and do some semi-3D sketches, so I can set a theme. At that moment, I switch to a next paper and think up what could be nice for eyecandy, and design that. Really, it isn't hard, it just takes devotion.
Oh smeg I'll need to have some drawing skills... I have in mind multileveled maps.
That's easy, just draw stairs/elevators where you want them to be on the ground floor, finish the ground floor, then design a second floor, starting with those stairs elevators.