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Diamond
07-12-2010, 01:03 AM
I figured I would start a new map just for the sake of making a map. Here's the basic base map; I'm sure you all can guess why it's named what it is. :D

Quabbe
07-12-2010, 02:11 AM
Nice shape! But ... where is the water / land?

I would advise the white area is the land, but my first impression said, that it is the black one. Which one is it? :D


Quabbe

Diamond
07-12-2010, 02:14 AM
This should make things a little clearer...

LonewandererD
07-12-2010, 02:42 AM
I was just browsing when this map stopped me, thats some crazy landshapes, I love it >:)

-D-

Ascension
07-12-2010, 09:33 AM
That's how a fantasy map should look - crazy like wow. Nice job.

StillCypher
07-12-2010, 11:18 AM
That is crazy! Fun, too. I like where you've put the compass rose. :)

Ghostman
07-12-2010, 11:36 AM
That map appears to be LOLing :lol::lol::lol:

Steel General
07-12-2010, 05:29 PM
Neat stuff here, looking forward to seeing where you take it.

Diamond
07-12-2010, 11:27 PM
Glad you all like it so far.


That map appears to be LOLing :lol::lol::lol:
I should've called it the Empire of LOL. :D

Here's another update. Mountains, rivers, and some rough deserty/badlands terrain in the central and northern portions. I think maybe it's too dark now, what do you guys think?

Steel General
07-13-2010, 09:28 AM
I think it looks good so far, deserts aren't always yellow-white sand.

StillCypher
07-13-2010, 01:16 PM
Oooooo, pretty! I am suffering River Envy -- and I really like the colors you're working with.

PokealypseNow
07-13-2010, 02:34 PM
That map appears to be LOLing :lol::lol::lol:

Haha, that was my very first impression, too.

Gidde
07-13-2010, 08:37 PM
This is looking great, but it does indeed have an almost distracting smiley-ness to it. Maybe turn it over on its side? No real reason North has to be up, after all.

Diamond
07-14-2010, 12:31 AM
Bah! Smiley-Face Empire will live forever! :D

Dane Cromwell
07-14-2010, 08:12 AM
I'm loving the detail on your coloured map. How did you create the mountain texture you have used?

Legiazus
07-14-2010, 01:07 PM
As StillCypher said, your color scheme is great. Can't wait to see this finished :)

ravells
07-14-2010, 01:19 PM
This is looking great, but it does indeed have an almost distracting smiley-ness to it. Maybe turn it over on its side? No real reason North has to be up, after all.

But then it would become the land of emoticon :-)

Lovely work! Can't wait to see this finished.

Diamond
07-14-2010, 11:25 PM
I'm loving the detail on your coloured map. How did you create the mountain texture you have used?
The technique to make the mountains is courtesy of Pasis' tutorial, found here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4405-Award-Winner-Rising-up-the-mountains-in-Photoshop). The pattern itself is a combination of two things, one a random rock pattern found through the Great God Google, the other a photo of some rocky ground.

Diamond
07-15-2010, 01:54 AM
Time for an update. I added in a bunch of text, some cities, and fiddled around with the coastline a bit. Blue coastal ring: yea or nay?

I'm also debating on whether or not to add some more terrain texturing before I do the forests (my least favorite part), or if it would just be overkill.

Steel General
07-15-2010, 09:09 AM
The coastal ring looks fine to me.

Gidde
07-15-2010, 08:09 PM
Another yea vote on the coastal ring. This looks great.

Diamond
07-18-2010, 05:28 AM
I think these forests (jungles, actually) turned out fairly okay. I was trying to go for something subtle that fit in with the color scheme of the rest of the map, blending in with it, yet still being distinct as a separate terrain type. What do y'all think?

Also added in more text.

One other thing I want to do is have a scrap of parchment in the lower right corner that'll be 'stuck' to the map with a pin or needle of some sort, a note from a scribe describing the lands to his prince. There was a map on here by Djekspek called The Kailon Empire where he did something like that and it looked pretty nifty, so I want to try my own version of that effect and see how it looks.

Steel General
07-18-2010, 08:56 AM
I agree that the forests/jungles fit well - nice job on those. I think the city markers are a bit large though.

jesuisbenjamin
07-18-2010, 09:55 AM
It looks neat! How did you do the jungle texture? Is it some grass texture originally?
I second Steel General, but mostly i think the high contrast of the rings is mismatching rest which is paler.

Diamond
07-18-2010, 04:05 PM
Thanks, guys.

@SG: I'll work on 'em (the cities). I like the ring effect, and I wanted them a little large, but like JIB says the contrast between them and the landscape is too great.

@JIB: Yeah, it's a grass texture; I think I got it from Genetica originally: http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/packs/

arsheesh
07-18-2010, 06:30 PM
Wow, beautiful as always Diamond. I am continually impressed at the stuff you come up with. I particularly like your mountain ranges and overall color scheme. Also, using golden rings to designate cities was an interesting touch as well.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh