View Full Version : The Velaedin Empire

05-08-2010, 09:57 PM
This is the regional level of zoom for the world I'm building. The Velaedin Empire consists of seven duchies, ruled from an eighth central district.

The style is based on a great tutorial by Ironmetal, and inspired heavily by Ramah's Vaniya map.

Done almost exclusively with the Gimp, with text processing in Photoshop.

05-08-2010, 10:37 PM
An excellent map, bro. The colors and text really do it for me...they always do...and you have done yours superbly. The biggest compliment I can give is this...snagged a copy for my inspiration folder.

05-08-2010, 10:37 PM
Simply put...Wow. You have just done a marvelous job on this Gidde. One to be proud of. Repped.


05-08-2010, 10:55 PM
That's some high praise! Thanks very much, to both of you :)

A R Frost
05-08-2010, 10:59 PM
Great Map... Love the way it feels...

05-09-2010, 12:56 AM
Thanks, AR!

05-09-2010, 01:40 AM
Gidde I still love it, well done, makes me want to give this style a try, but bravo! And as Ascension said, "snagged a copy for my inspiration folder."

05-09-2010, 07:08 AM
Congrats, great map!

Steel General
05-09-2010, 08:22 AM
Beautifully done!

Aval Penworth
05-09-2010, 10:15 AM
The only thing I don't like about this map is, that I didn't make it. He he (smirk) :) Seriously though, great work.

05-09-2010, 10:26 AM
Totally awesome, repped. I'm planning a map like this as a future project and I hope it turns out as good as this.


05-09-2010, 11:17 AM
Thanks everyone! (and lol, Aval)

05-09-2010, 05:29 PM
Really nice map. I like it a lot :-)

05-09-2010, 05:30 PM
Thank you, Clercon!

05-09-2010, 07:15 PM
The only thing I don't like about this map is, that I didn't make it. He he (smirk) :) Seriously though, great work.

This. That's absolutely beautiful.

05-09-2010, 07:31 PM
This ranks among the best maps I've seen. Nicely done, and yes, snagged for inspiration. I'd rep multiple times if I could :)

05-09-2010, 10:59 PM
Again, high praise. Thank you Vincent, CM.

05-09-2010, 11:19 PM
wow I'm just blown away from the detail, great job!

05-10-2010, 02:17 AM
This is a phenomenal map. Definitely one to be proud of. I have been away a while so I haven't followed the WIP (assuming there was one) and just had a few questions. Did you hand draw all of your features? I really love them. My greatest curiosity is how you did the shading, is that done by hand as well? By this I mean the horizontal dashed lines, I have been trying to get this effect using PS with little success.

05-10-2010, 08:55 AM
Thanks Kenmaira and Locution :)

Yep, the elements are all hand drawn, including the shading. The hills and trees are handmade brushes (the tree brushes i posted in the elements forum). As for producing the effect, it was long zoomed in (400% or so) hours with a tablet ;) Right at the end I figured out how to make and use a brush, but it was too late to be of use for this map. If you make a brush of a horizontal line, and set the spacing and size jitter to taste, it can produce a similar effect.

Aval Penworth
05-10-2010, 10:57 AM
Soak up the Love, Gidde! Well deserved rep and respect from all quarters.

05-10-2010, 11:35 AM
Beautiful Gidde, have some rep!

Uncle Twitchy
05-11-2010, 05:25 PM
I absolutely love this map, and would love to tackle something like this sometime in the near future.

05-12-2010, 12:50 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Uncle Twitchy, can't wait to see your WIP :)

05-12-2010, 04:35 AM
This is amazing. How on earth did you make this? I'm in the process of creating my own map for a novel I'm writing but it looks nowhere near as good as this.

05-12-2010, 07:21 AM
fantastic map - really beatiful work :) what fonts have you used, and where can i find them (if you know) :)

05-12-2010, 09:50 AM
Thanks Dominic :) I was about to write a long post with the basics of how to go about making something similar but thought I'd ask first: was that a rhetorical question?

Thanks tilt! The fonts are Optimus Princeps, Stonehenge, Scriptina Pro and Gentium (Gentium italic on rivers). Not sure about gentium but the rest are from dafont.com.

Aval Penworth
05-12-2010, 12:38 PM
If you were willing to write a tutorial, I'm sure it would not go to waste.

05-12-2010, 01:08 PM
Well alrighty then, tutorial to come :)

05-12-2010, 10:12 PM
Yea I was serious. My own WIP map uses triangle-like mountains. I've mostly been drawing slightly squiggly "A"s without the line in the middle and applying shading for them one by one, which I know is going to take me a while but looks better than making one and copying and pasting it. How did you go about creating yours? They look like they were drawn one by one, but they detail to it is far greater than mine looks. I only have photoshop though as well so it might be the program you're using. Make a TUT, it would be fascinating to know the steps you took :)

05-12-2010, 10:22 PM
Working on that tut; in the meantime, this (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?5664-Award-Winner-Hand-drawn-mtns.-and-other-stylistic-map-elements-for-use-in-PS-GIMP) is the tutorial that got me started on the mountains, although you can see that mine did end up a little different from his. It should work equally well in PS or Gimp.

05-12-2010, 11:38 PM
Wow, that is a heaps better way of making mountains than the way I am doing it. Although when I made the rough copy for mine, I drew it on paper with just gray pencil and scanned it into PS, and used it as a background image and traced around it in PS with the brush tool. From then, I've been hand detailing everything with the brush tool. Perhaps in the future I'll do my maps with these kind of mountains instead. Mountains always seem like the most popular thing to put on a map.

05-13-2010, 12:12 AM
They are one of the more prominent geological features - they impact borders, trade routes, weather patterns, all sorts of stuff. there aren't many regional or larger scale that don't show hills or mountains :)

06-05-2010, 02:43 AM
Tutorial is now up as requested: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10655-Hand-Drawn-Mapping-%28for-the-Artistically-Challenged%29&p=114729#post114729