View Full Version : *** June 2010 Challenge Voting: Once Upon a Map ***

06-28-2010, 07:28 PM
June's challenge was to create a map based upon a book or movie (or comic book) that you enjoy. The map could be of any scale and cover anything from a single scene to an epic series. We had a lot of great entries and congratulations on the fine efforts of all that participated.

You can find the thumbnails...

HERE (http://www.cartographersguild.com/utilities/Thumbs/Html/Challengers_Jun10.htm)

Please choose one entry. Our rules state that we allow one vote for each five entries, rounded down. We were one entry short of two votes. Feel free to explain your vote or not, as you wish. Even at this stage, honest criticism is a blessing.

PLEASE GIVE REP TO THE ONE YOU VOTE FOR (along with anyone else you think is deserving).

Finally, as a participant, I would like to thank all of those who provided excellent feedback to all of the entries. Your care and attention is appreciated.

06-28-2010, 07:51 PM
Kicking it off then. There are many good entries this month, and I have difficulty choosing between them. I'm particularly delighted with Sapiento's Nemo base and BombBomb's DarkKnight's Sanctuary. Gidde's Department of Mysteries hit home as a serial reader of Harry Potter books. Steel General's Tower at Charm was fascinating and intriguing to an old Avalon Hill patron. Ravell's Frodo's Journey captured my awe factor and had me staring at it for well over an hour. Krulwich's entry was unfinished, but it was a great start and I hope to see more from him in the future.

But in the end, I felt a very personal connection to the Valley Forge in Jaxilon's Silent Running entry. This movie aired when I was at a very impressionable age, and though I didn't grow up to be a happy tree hugger, I did grow up with a deep and abiding respect for God's gifts to us and their enduring value in an increasingly technological society. In the end, it is our responsibility to use our capabilities and our courage to stand up for what is important, and our wisdom to know what that is.

Rep to all who spent long hours toiling away to entertain us!

Aval Penworth
06-28-2010, 08:49 PM
My vote hovered between Wheel of Time and Capt'n Nemo. But I eventually chose Immolates piece.

Jax and RE had good ideas, and given more time...

06-28-2010, 09:03 PM
Hey guys... great entries this month!

I had to vote for Ravells, what an incredible job mapping Frodo's journey! Gave me a whole new perspective on the story seeing it that way. Nice Job!

Dj's artistic style shines like always, and I haven't read about Capt Nemo, but I thought Sapiento's map and concept was really cool.

Lots of great stuff here, keep it up!

06-29-2010, 01:04 AM
Wow, guys, I loved all the maps this month! Picking one to vote for was incredibly difficult.

I ended up voting for Dj's map. I love the style and the way the mountains rise off the globe. I also love the way the mountains were done in the Wheel of Time piece.

Gidde, seeing your entry brought a tear to my eye. Oh Sirius, you were so cool.

06-29-2010, 01:07 AM
dangit the server hung up and lost all my critiques. I don't feel like spending a bunch more time going through them.

Everyone did great work but I had to go with Immolate's Wheel of Time - I thought he was the one to beat this round and when I was showing my wife, who is waiting for the next book to release, the entries of the month she kicked me out of my chair to look this one over...well, that told me everything. Plus, his map looks better than the one in the books.

Some of you suffered from my not knowing anything about the story you chose. DJ - gorgeous as usual. I am still learning how to set up a good color palette. SG - I want to play this and it totally took me back to reading those books although it's been years. I may reread them because of this one. Reck, I wanted a joystick to play this platform game. Giddie, not a Potter-ite here and felt lost looking at this although your textures and planets are awesome! Ravel, this was filled with tons of information and I have to give you the vote for most deviation from the standard map. I like what you did with this. And Krul, this looks like a picture. I don't know what story you are about so I can't say much there but good entry.

And I said I wasn't going to do it...

Thanks again everyone and thank you Cartographersguild for the monthly challenge. It gives me something to do while I hone my skills. It's great hanging out with you guys.

06-29-2010, 05:32 AM
All the entries were great this month, and it was a really fun challenge.

In the end I was torn between Sapiento (such a cool concept and a complete 'mini-world'), Imm (beautifully put together with tonnes of detail and embroidery) and DJ (the art, the art!). I think that DJ has turned me into Pavlov's dog - I just salivate when I see his maps. I went with my gut and voted for DJ. I think I know now what it is: I will probably never have the artistic talent to do what DJ does and that is why I always find myself voting for his entries.

Special mention to Bombbomb's bat-cave which I thought was brilliant too.

06-29-2010, 05:59 AM
Lots of wonderful entries again. Hard to pick just one but in the end it will probably surprise no-one to know that I went for Immolate's map, it being the closest to my own style and thus the style that really gets my juices flowing.
Good luck to everyone who entered and congratulations to whoever wins - it's really hard to call who that might be.

06-29-2010, 08:35 AM
great maps again this month (not that I'm surprised) ... my vote went to Imm for a great map for a great series of books. Sapiento on a close second and cudos to Ravells for his great project, looks damn good :) ... to bad a few off you ran out of time, there were some nice beginnings too :)

06-29-2010, 08:51 AM
I was oscillating between Wheel of Time and Ansalon. Although Ansalon is very spectacular, I finally went for Wheel of Time, it's just perfect.

06-29-2010, 09:10 AM
I'm exactly with tilt (thanks for writing down my thoughts). Also Imm had a little bonus, because I've just started to read the WoT novels and was a bit disappointed that a map (even a small one) was not included. Thanks for everone who entered the challenge. Fantastic maps this month!

06-29-2010, 10:49 AM
you've picked the wrong publisher then... all my WoT books have maps :)

06-29-2010, 11:48 AM
Although the German editions do have much better cover art.

Hard, hard choices. Of course, I'm quite attached to the WoT map at this point, given that I watched it so closely. It's one of the most refined of the offerings, although I think a few of the last minute changes weakened it a bit. Also, it is possibly the most complete map of the Westlands that I have yet seen, although I haven't looked real hard.

Djekspek's Ansalon is innovative and a masterful work of art. It suffers somewhat from a lack of geographic detail, though. I see cities, but none of them have names. Fully half of the image is eaten up by the quotation, which I feel adds little to the piece.

Sapiento's map of Captain Nemo's base is really cool, and I like the style: very Torstany. It needs more attention to the line work, which is uneven in its quality. Some areas are very confident—the ring wall and most of the buildings, while others are shaky and uncertain—the Nautilus, the dock, and many of the details like radio towers and cabling.

Finally, ravells boldly attacked the most well-known speculative fiction in the Western world and simultaneously stretched the definition of map with his infograph of Frodo's journey. The document is clear and attractive, and I can't really think of any way to improve it, other than making several more to cover the other characters, and maybe put it all in an interactive document. But that's just getting absurd.

Of those four, I think Sapiento's entry is the one that adds the most to its world. The Wheel of Time is well mapped (I've even done one myself), Dragonlance is bursting with them, and I've already noted that The Lord of the Rings is as well-documented as a fantasy world can be. I don't recall ever seeing a map of Nemo's base, though. So Sapiento gets my vote.

06-29-2010, 11:01 PM
A lot of beautiful maps. Was hard not to vote for Djekspek and Immolate this time around but I had to go for Ravells'. First, I love LotR and second, it's a great mapping of the journey that made that book so awesome. Nice work everyone!

07-01-2010, 07:59 PM
Gosh this one is a toughie. I really liked the bat cave and thought that was fun. Djeks Ansalon is tugging cos Im a bit of a dragon lance fan. Immolates map is so very good and I thought that was going to be the one but Ravs map is just so well done that I went with it. Its been done before by xkcd and its more of an infographic but I was just really impressed with the quality.

Something else that I was impressed with was that the thumbnailer actually got the PDF right which is probably the first ever PDF entry. I don't even recall programming that bit in. What a shocker.

Oh edit to add - this is another 9 entry challenge where my opinion still stands that we should round to nearest not down. I know this has come up before but the few zero votes at this time is no slight on their quality. 9 is the worst number of entries we can do with the round down system for getting a better spread of votes. So well done everyone who entered don't be disheartened if you end up with a 0 score - its just a bad month for that.

07-01-2010, 09:09 PM
I have to tell you Midgardsormr, nothing against the German books but in my personal opinion, the artist chosen for the US WoT series doesn't really fit the genre very well, so I don't think the bar was set all that high. It's more of a romance novel style and really doesn't capture the characters at all. I wish I could unsee half of the covers, because the images pollute my internal picture.

07-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Ravells took my vote, even though there were several beautiful traditional maps to choose from. I really like the originality of his timeline, and that he actually mapped Frodo's journey, rather than just making a map of Middle Earth with a dotted line on it ;)

By the way Immolate, and Midgardsormr, have you seen the e-book covers for the wheel of time? They are head and shoulders above the original Tor artwork, IMO. Here's some links:

Eye of the World (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=820)
The Great Hunt (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1003)
The Dragon Reborn (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1087)
The Shadow Rising (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1117)
The Fires of Heaven (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1163)
Lord of Chaos (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1202)
A Crown of Swords (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1238)
The Path of Daggers (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1281)
Winter's Heart (http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=1321)

07-01-2010, 10:44 PM
Wow that is so much better than the books. Actual artists involved and all that. Plus they made Avienda look hot. What was that last book cover supposed to be? Rand looked like a goober and Avienda looked... dowdy.

07-02-2010, 02:49 AM
really cool covers those.. .much better than the covers on my books (european/brittish version) to.. and they weren't all bad

07-02-2010, 05:23 AM
Heya, I voted for Immolates map (a real stunner! although tried not to look too detailled to it ;) Many great entries again so rep for all (at least to those i can rep ;P) ! cheers!

07-02-2010, 12:29 PM
Wow, some of those covers actually gave me chills! Though that one of Moiraine makes me want to tap some blue mana and draw more cards.

07-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Congrats Imm! Wonderful entry!

07-04-2010, 06:19 PM
Congrats, Immolate! Well deserved :)

07-04-2010, 09:37 PM
Thanks Ravs and Gidde! Making the map was reward enough, but earning a compass in this crowd is a thrill.

07-04-2010, 11:23 PM
Raging Studmuffin gets a win, gratz, bro.

07-05-2010, 01:42 AM
You deserved it Imm, fantastic job!

07-05-2010, 02:17 AM
congratz imm, that was one great map :)

07-05-2010, 02:33 AM
Congratulations! Great map!

07-05-2010, 03:02 AM
aye, gratz Immolate!

07-05-2010, 04:50 AM
Lol @ Ascension. Thanks everyone for your kindness!