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Ciderhelm
06-01-2010, 05:28 AM
The following is a map of the world of Evensfell, as it was before the Second Great Winter.

The map is hand-drawn with a WACOM Cintiq, fully in Photoshop. The biggest struggle with this map was moving away from symbol-based fantasy map style and trying to reconcile that background with a purely top-down 'satellite' view. My biggest source of inspiration in the art design for this project was USGS and National Park maps. Overall, learning this style took several months of trial and error, and this particular map took several weeks.

Update: I've created a YouTube video using this map, "The Cartographer's Story." Check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoMOjLwFje0


The original ~2007 map I drew for this project can be found here (http://www.evensfell.com/efmedia/maps/worldmap.jpg).

Gidde
06-01-2010, 09:33 AM
That's beautiful. I particularly love the snowcaps. Repped!

tilt
06-01-2010, 03:57 PM
Looking really good - you do however have a lot of river violations in there ;) ... try to follow this simple rule "two rivers enter - one river leaves" - like thunderdome ;)
so basicly a river never splits, never goes from ocean to ocean and always flows towards the sea. :)

Ciderhelm
06-01-2010, 04:19 PM
Looking really good - you do however have a lot of river violations in there ;) ... try to follow this simple rule "two rivers enter - one river leaves" - like thunderdome ;)
so basicly a river never splits, never goes from ocean to ocean and always flows towards the sea. :)
There are real-world exceptions I was modeling after -- specifically, the man-made canals between the Great Lakes that joined distinct rivers and shipping routes in the Eastern United States. The river/lake networks in Evensfell were engineered by a previous people.

torstan
06-01-2010, 04:32 PM
Very pretty colours. Like the layout too. I agree about the rivers though - the ocean to ocean one in the south is really unphysical.

Edit: Ah well, if it's a canal then that's a different matter.

tilt
06-01-2010, 04:36 PM
There are real-world exceptions I was modeling after -- specifically, the man-made canals between the Great Lakes that joined distinct rivers and shipping routes in the Eastern United States. The river/lake networks in Evensfell were engineered by a previous people.

Well man made structures and of course magic at large are both good reasons for rivers going where no river has gone before :)

Ciderhelm
06-01-2010, 06:14 PM
The feedback here is good. There's a presentation issue, and if the map is unnatural at first glance, then I think it would be better to rework those rivers (particularly the South).

The rivers were drawn at a point where I thought I'd be able to show other parts of the engineering on the map. Most significantly, there's a dam that is not visible on the world map that stretches across the outer islands of the "Shallowed Expanse" (in other words, that's a large freshwater lake). I just couldn't get something I was happy w/ there, so I scrapped it and decided to show it on more detailed, zoomed-in maps.

That said, I think it'd be safe to do the canals in that zoomed-in format as well and make sure things look a bit more natural.

tilt
06-02-2010, 04:22 AM
sounds like you have a lot of cool ideas for your world - looking forward to seing more of it :)

Ciderhelm
07-25-2010, 06:03 PM
I've created a movie called "The Cartographer's Story" that uses this map. The movie can be viewed at my channel on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoMOjLwFje0

I've also updated the coloring and a few other details, but the movie is the big update warranting a bump. :)

Gidde
07-25-2010, 06:10 PM
That movie is pretty darned cool :) Have some rep!

Steel General
07-27-2010, 01:01 PM
Very cool!!

landorl
07-29-2010, 11:59 PM
I love the textures you used. I especially like the oceans.

nolgroth
08-07-2010, 12:53 PM
Hey that is a nice looking map. I tend to take the believability of maps in the context of the creator's intent. In other words, I really have no problem with river violations on a fantasy map.

Coyotemax
08-07-2010, 01:09 PM
That's a very darn fine map!!
I may have to take a crack at this style, it's beautiful.

Avengeil
08-08-2010, 02:24 AM
It's a very beautiful map and the video is so cool!
I really like the names of the various features of the area, like bloodswamps and bloodpine forest. Can you give a little bit of info on those?
P.S. What's the name of the music piece used for the video?

mearrin69
09-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Wow. That video is sweet. Nice work! Have some rep.
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Ciderhelm
09-12-2010, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the compliments!


It's a very beautiful map and the video is so cool!
I really like the names of the various features of the area, like bloodswamps and bloodpine forest. Can you give a little bit of info on those?
P.S. What's the name of the music piece used for the video?
Bloodswamps and Bloodpine Forest are named for the distinct color of the trees and the terror associated w/ the area. The coloration extends to both deciduous and evergreen (ever-red?) trees. It is a cursed region.

The music is "Downcast Spirit" by David Flavin. I purchased a license for it at neosounds.com. I love it. :)


I may have to take a crack at this style, it's beautiful.
You'll do well w/ it, based on what I've seen you do w/ other maps. :)


I put up a work in progress on a close-up version of this map, particularly of Mount Sovereign, here:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11882-Mount-Sovereign-Work-in-Progress

Gallifreyan
09-12-2010, 11:17 PM
Wow, that is an awesome map and the video is spectacular, repped!

Ciderhelm
09-12-2010, 11:29 PM
Wow, that is an awesome map and the video is spectacular, repped!

Thanks! Also, I adore Doctor Who. :)

Jaxilon
09-13-2010, 07:52 PM
Very nice map but it's hard to say so because my being really green with envy over your Cintiq. Ahhhhhhhh! :)

repped