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torstan
07-25-2010, 12:25 PM
Jaye Sonia has finally lifted the veil on Rhune: Dawn of Twilight (http://www.rhunedawnoftwilight.com/), which means that I can show off the map I did for him!

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This was my first shot at a full blown world map in a more illustrative style. Iím also usually less organised with my decorations such as the compass and the border. In this case the world (nordic steampunk) needed a little something. With the place of the world tree in norse myth, and a culture rich with decorative touches, a knotwork border and a tree compass seemed to fit in nicely.

Jaxilon
07-25-2010, 12:32 PM
Gorgeous - I really like the compass that was a great touch. Those mountains look nice and buttery, made me want to eat them :)

Side note, do you guys who do these knot-work borders get them from somewhere or do you actually do a segment by hand and then splice it all together? Reason being I would like to do one of them someday but haven't had the drive yet to actually draw one out.

Sapiento
07-25-2010, 12:33 PM
Amazing as usual!

torstan
07-25-2010, 12:41 PM
Thanks :)

I looked around the net for some knotwrok for inspiration, then drew a segment by hand. Then it's a matter of copy and paste to put one large section together. I did the line work first. Then I did a layer with colour. I made sure to colour a large section by hand and then copied and pasted that. By doing a large section you remove a lot of the obvious repeating. Also, the colour layer was an overlay layer - so it still picked up a lot of the background texture which also breaks up the repeating. Then the same for a light and shade layer to give it some body. It takes a little longer to do each layer separately, but it really helps to integrate it into the map.

Gidde
07-25-2010, 01:03 PM
Looks awesome, torstan! I really love the steppes in the southern continent.

saithan
07-25-2010, 01:10 PM
hell, just looking at this map makes me want to experience the game setting. beautifully done!!!

Ascension
07-25-2010, 02:56 PM
I could look at this all day; the colors, the things I can learn, the lil buildings. Great job, bro.

Ramah
07-25-2010, 03:22 PM
Absolutely beautiful map. Glad you were allowed to share the image with us. :)

Gandwarf
07-25-2010, 03:39 PM
Beautiful map Torstan. It reminds me a bit of some of the maps Djekspek made. It's the illustrative style I guess. The different symbols you created for the cities and holds look gorgeous.
Just south of the Narwood it looks like the trees are more sparse. Is that because of logging or something?

torstan
07-25-2010, 03:42 PM
Yep, it's great to have this up. I did this back in February I think - or possibly even earlier - and I've been itching to be able to show it since then.

The lighter forest south of the Narwood is where the trees thin out on the edge of an icy swamp. It's a distinctly blasted moor with particular terrain.

Steel General
07-25-2010, 03:44 PM
Fantastic! If I could do something even 1/10th as good as this I'd be happy.

Clercon
07-25-2010, 04:20 PM
This is absolutely amazing. When I see your maps I realize how much I have to learn. Great job!

loongtim
07-25-2010, 08:44 PM
Splendid work!

jfrazierjr
07-25-2010, 09:09 PM
Just awesome!!!

torstan
07-25-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks :) I have to say it's one of my favourites - and a real watershed in the type of maps I've been doing. I've got a few in the works in this sort of style (but probably won't be able to post any of them for a while).

Ascension
07-25-2010, 10:40 PM
I can see it in the banner for the gallery show, hope you don't lose your flair for region and battle scale :)

ravells
07-26-2010, 12:05 PM
That is just so absolutely gorgeous. I can't think of enough superlatives.

landorl
07-30-2010, 01:03 AM
Absolutely stunning! That map is a work of art.

torstan
08-05-2010, 05:34 PM
Thanks :) It's certainly the piece that I send round when pitching for work from companies. Seems to be doing well for me so far!

Avengeil
08-06-2010, 04:46 AM
Amazing job.
I really like the general color impression that this map leaves me, all those different shades of green and blue.

Neheh
05-14-2011, 11:36 AM
Gorgeous work as usual! I love the subtle shift in tones!

torstan
05-15-2011, 11:38 AM
Thanks! It's great to see this one still getting a lot of love. I'm really enjoying working on the world of Rhune.

Schley
05-18-2011, 10:14 PM
Very nice work! I'm loving all the little details!

bearden314
07-04-2011, 02:37 PM
This is amazing! I particularly love the forests. Would you mind telling us your secrets of the forests?

Xyppee1
09-10-2012, 10:57 AM
I have to Agee that the compass tree is a beautiful touch. You got me thinking about other things that would make good compass points.

Barek333
09-27-2012, 06:18 AM
Beautiful map, love the style of it :)

Caenwyr
09-27-2012, 07:48 AM
This map is just amazing! I don't dare staring too long: it feels like I might fall right in!

Actually, that would be pretty awesome, come to think of it. Woah!

torstan
09-27-2012, 10:06 AM
Wow, that's some impressive thread necromancy. I'm not sure you'd want to fall into this world. There are a few too many crazed lightning automata and storm bunnies (http://www.stormbunnystudios.com/) - lots of fascinating ways to come to a sticky end.... :)

If you're interested in seeing more of Rhune, there's a G+ page (https://plus.google.com/b/105712711094619789832/posts) and fb page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/459998465321/) with loads of art on them, as well as the Storm Bunny Studios (http://www.stormbunnystudios.com/) company page.