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RobA
04-15-2010, 12:02 AM
I haven't entered a challenge in a while, and figured I'd toss by hat in.

Inspiration are a the maps of olde.
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The Western Central continent will be the one I will detail out with labels and geopolitical borders. The Eastern Hemisphere I may end up partially erasing with warnings of "Here be Dragones".

If I get enough time it will be colourized a bit on old paper, something like this:
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What I won't have time for are fancy drawings around the border depicting scenes of drunken dwarves smashing beer mugs together and insets of the various location... (well, also because I can't draw.)

The mountains are done in a way I found on an old world map.... Looking for preference for having them following the meridians (western hemisphere) or straight (eastern hemisphere). Labels will all be curved along he meridians where possible.

-Rob A>

Ascension
04-15-2010, 05:24 PM
Mighty nice start there, bro...even if ya won't get any graphics in the empty space.

Jaxilon
04-15-2010, 05:48 PM
Well I say, if you can't get graphics in the margins let em burn...a tattered map rescued from a burning building makes a good excuse for not doing them. Perhaps after a month of deeper digging they may find another copy fully in tact, complete with fancy Sea Monkeys and whatnot around the boarders. :)

Definitely looking good so far.

RobA
04-16-2010, 01:50 AM
One more update. Labeled the continents, seas, regions and cities/holds.

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A R Frost
04-16-2010, 02:06 AM
Really looking nice RobA. I like the style you going with. And the Sea of Foam is a perfect name. As always excellent work...

Aenigma
04-16-2010, 05:26 AM
Very nice map indeed.

But my inner grammarnazi compells me to ask you;
Is it your deliberate decision to write "Knowne" instead of "known" in the text? I thought that maybe the language on that planet is slightly different or something?

RobA
04-16-2010, 11:26 AM
Very nice map indeed.

But my inner grammarnazi compells me to ask you;
Is it your deliberate decision to write "Knowne" instead of "known" in the text? I thought that maybe the language on that planet is slightly different or something?

To be honest, I made a typo and liked the way it looked.

-Rob A>

ravells
04-16-2010, 12:35 PM
Ye olde gifte shoppe... happens all the time!

Really nice start, Rob!

Immolate
04-16-2010, 02:34 PM
I think trim down the white space around, throw in a simple border and put some wood cut lines in to balance the piece. Of course legends, cartouches etc. can get pretty elaborate on that style of map.

rdanhenry
04-19-2010, 09:02 AM
The Western Central continent will be the one I will detail out with labels and geopolitical borders. The Eastern Hemisphere I may end up partially erasing with warnings of "Here be Dragones".

-Rob A>

Wouldn't "Here be Prohibitionistes" be more appropriate?

tilt
04-19-2010, 03:16 PM
that looks great - a really nice style :)

Greason Wolfe
04-19-2010, 10:58 PM
This is looking pretty sharp. Like the clean appearance. As for that "excessive white space," I don't have a problem with it at all, but, if you're wanting to fill it in some, quick and dirty like, maybe a few hand-scrawled notes by Stori or Boran would do the trick. Maybe something about rumored breweries or some such.

GW

ravells
04-20-2010, 07:02 AM
Wouldn't "Here be Prohibitionistes" be more appropriate?

<<< shiver >>>

RobA
04-20-2010, 12:27 PM
Adding colour...
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RobA
04-20-2010, 04:05 PM
Think this is just about it.

Not sure which to use, the clean one or the grunged one. Any suggestions?

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torstan
04-20-2010, 04:13 PM
Looks good. I like the parchment version - especially the hand drawn notes. The edges are a bit odd though. There's a lot of sharp jagged angles in there that look a little unnatural.

Steel General
04-20-2010, 04:34 PM
I prefer the colored version as well, and agree with Torstan's comments regarding the sharp edges.

Ascension
04-20-2010, 04:42 PM
This looks awesome, man...the early front-runner. Well done.

rdanhenry
04-20-2010, 08:48 PM
The distressed version looks like it might be the one the good Dwarf used to get around, but I think the challenge was intended more as a map that could be part of the gazetteer he publishes afterward, for which the clean version is more appropriate.

ravells
04-21-2010, 03:55 AM
You could almost just have them as the circles alone - they could be printed onto beer coasters!

RobA
04-21-2010, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the direction. Ia greed with the edges. It was a cheap go.
I also had to fill in the whitespace so killed an hour designing flourishes.

I can't put anymore time into this, so here it is in two versions, Preserved and in use:

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Jaxilon
04-21-2010, 04:06 PM
I like the used one, that looks cool

RobA
04-22-2010, 04:06 PM
Never one to leave well enough along.

Now, mit bier. 'Hey watch where you put that!!! Was there another continent under that?!?"

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Ascension
04-22-2010, 04:34 PM
I think the stein needs a darker and sharper shadow but otherwise, it rocks.

RobA
04-22-2010, 06:08 PM
Thanks, Ascension.

I've updated that post with a darker shadow and a less saturated mug.

-Rob A>

Ramah
04-22-2010, 06:38 PM
Very nice map, Rob. :)
You say you "took an hour to design some flourishes" ? So... did you do those scrolly flourishes in the corners? In an hour? They look great. I wouldn't begin to know how to do something like that. :S

Ascension
04-22-2010, 08:43 PM
Me either, I couldn't design flourishes to save my life let alone in an hour. And I'm supposed to know how to in my line of work :)

calydon
04-22-2010, 11:00 PM
Superb artistry here! The cartouche and the rocks are nice touches especially.

ravells
05-01-2010, 06:58 AM
Beautifully done! We want flourish tutorials!