View Full Version : WIP Commission Map - Avoria

09-24-2010, 12:02 PM
Because I am trying to drive myself insane by working on four projects at once, here is an initial sketch-up of my world map for MatthewRM. I tried to stay true to his original sketch, but also wanted to make the continent more asymmetrical. I also wanted to kind of wash out the sea color near the poles to help reinforce the environmental extremes the client described to me.

Anyways, here it is so far.

09-24-2010, 04:05 PM
This looks great so far. I love the inland sea. I can't wait to see where this goes.

09-26-2010, 01:01 AM
It doesn't look like I accomplished a lot since the first update, but it took me a long time to get the navigational lines the way I wanted them and to get the mountains symbols to look right. The mountain symbols come from Quabbe's brush set. I "colorized" them and then used the "clone stamp tool" method to apply them. I'm pretty happy with how they look...long way to go yet though. :)

Steel General
09-26-2010, 08:54 AM
Looks good so far...

09-26-2010, 08:58 AM
This is amazing. I love the navigation lines, and the mountains look. The more I look at it the more I like stuff like the coastlines and the inland sea. I just wish the sea had been my idea. Its going to work out so well...

09-27-2010, 11:21 AM
It's great so far and I have a feeling this is going to look really nice.

10-03-2010, 10:21 AM
Progress has been slow going, but here is an update, :)

10-03-2010, 11:01 AM
I really like the brush you are working with. Keep it up!

10-03-2010, 12:24 PM
Looks good, but it seems the trees have shadows on the right side, mountains on the left-

10-04-2010, 07:09 PM
Doh! Nice call :)

10-04-2010, 07:55 PM
I like the style you've chosen for the mountains and how you arranged them. Very nice! :)


10-05-2010, 06:51 PM
I made some decent progress today. I'm playing around with the fonts a bit, trying to find something I'm happy with. I'm also trying to figure out what I want the city town symbols to look like. I'm probably going to have to draw something myself. :)

10-05-2010, 07:56 PM
If you're in need of easy inspiration, I found a pretty nifty way if making Icons quickly. Find a font you like, and combine letters of that font in mirrored or rotated form. Here's a sample of some I came up with. Each symbol is a multiple of one number or capital letter duplicated and mirrored and rotated, then flattened and given a stroke. See if you can guess what the letters are. I think something like this would work well for your map, or at least create some compelling shapes for you to bounce off of.

10-06-2010, 07:19 AM
The map is awesome, I like the colours and brushes.

Slipguard: Those look fairly nice! Will have to try it out myself.

10-07-2010, 10:10 AM
Spent the morning fooling around with structures and political borders. Not sure about the results.

The towns/structures are from Ramah's brush set.

10-07-2010, 11:09 PM
I've always enjoyed your work cereth and this one is no exception. Starting to look like a commision that would be well worth it. Bravo, repped.


10-08-2010, 04:38 AM
Nice buildings. They work very well for your style. Here's some rep!

Steel General
10-08-2010, 07:15 AM
I like the buildings (especially the wall), but it is a bit difficult to see any details.

10-10-2010, 01:57 PM
The townbrushes fit really well, but they are indeed to hard to notice, may look like hills instead of houses.

10-10-2010, 02:25 PM
I think it's just about perfect. At this scale the buildings are visible but not too big. Nice Job !! :)

10-17-2010, 11:25 AM
Not a huge update, but I did tweak the city brushes some and am much happier with the results. Also made some progress on the mountains.

10-17-2010, 11:35 AM
The city icons look alot better now :) I think you could increase the size of the title (Avoria) quite a bit..

10-17-2010, 01:41 PM
That's coming along nicely.

10-17-2010, 02:10 PM
Looking beautiful, Cereth. It's great to watch this progress. :)

10-17-2010, 05:48 PM
Wow, Cereth, those mountains are stunning! Lovely!

Maybe I'm a bit blind, but the city icons are hard to see colourwise against a similar coloured background...maybe a glow / outline or a different colour to make them stand out just a bit more? It's a hard call because you don't want to ruin the subtlety of the map. Maybe once they're labelled they'll be more obvious.

10-20-2010, 04:45 PM
I agree ... unlabeled the cities blend a bit, but the new brushes for them are great. I love it. Its looking amazing.
I can't wait for the finished product.

11-06-2010, 09:56 AM
Started working on the southwest corner of the map some and am working my way north now.

Steel General
11-06-2010, 09:59 AM
Progressing quite nicely...

11-06-2010, 10:29 AM
This will become a fine map!

11-06-2010, 02:54 PM
where abouts are these Ramaha town icon brushes? Got most of the brushes on this site cant find town brushes (the ones i really want). If any of you can direct me to where to download them please do!

Will Phillips
11-09-2010, 02:49 PM
Those mountains are just achingly mesmerizing.

Hand drawn? Use a base and then stamp or brushed out from there? Good grief I'm so very impressed.

Have some Rep!

11-09-2010, 03:03 PM
I absolutely love the little map icons! Especially that wall as well...I must say that hand-drawn approach is quite beautiful. :)

The only thing that sticks out to me is that the stroke around the landmass seems a little sharp/harsh considering the rather soft and delicate feel the map has. But this is certainly turning out very nicely. ;)

11-10-2010, 09:53 PM
This is a wonderful style, kind of fun and free. Very nice, man.

11-12-2010, 02:02 PM
I like this map alot, the texture is very nice.

11-15-2010, 01:16 AM
Awesome map. Those mountains, they are amazing!

11-19-2010, 12:50 PM
How did you get that texture over the water/land mass? and how did you wash out the color of the sea and ground?

11-19-2010, 02:35 PM
The "base" texture was created using a lot of different layers at a lower opacity so that they show through each other. The end result is what looks like a soft, paper-like surface. I've used it on a couple maps now and really I just play around with the settings until I get something I like. The three main components are Pattern Overlay effects using the Parchment, Washed Watercolor Paper, and Gouache light on Watercolor textures that come with Photoshop. I find layering those up and playing with the settings give me the base texture I want. I think there are a couple of cloud layers in there as well, again at low opacity so that they all blend together. In all about five or six layers on this map just to get the texture.

I basically did much the same thing to get the colors that I wanted...layering different textures and playing around until I got the "washed out" effect I was looking for.

Again, the mountains are from the brush set Quabbe offered in the mapping elements forum...I just colorized them and then just stamped them on. Then I went in and added some highlights.

11-24-2010, 01:23 PM
I'm still making progress on this one...just wanted to post an update. :)

11-24-2010, 02:20 PM
That's a great looking map! Good job!

11-25-2010, 11:26 AM
I think I have map envy :P Great job!

12-09-2010, 01:45 PM
I spent the morning working on these shields/crests for some of the various kingdoms and I wanted to get some opinions on how they look.


12-09-2010, 02:22 PM
The shields look great!

Steel General
12-09-2010, 05:09 PM
I like them as well, they may be a little large *shrugs*

12-09-2010, 05:18 PM
Looks Incredible.. :)

12-09-2010, 06:23 PM
What font did you use?

02-08-2011, 02:28 PM
Everything is amazing. The work you put in is top notch. I could not have come up with this stuff is I tried. Its a skill and you have it in loads!

02-10-2011, 06:04 AM
This is good stuff. :)

02-10-2011, 07:50 AM
Looks absolutely stunning!

10-08-2011, 11:59 PM
Sorry for the thread necromancy, but after a prolonged hiatus from mapping I've finally got this one in a nearly finished state. I'm not positive I'll ever get the map labeled at this point, but I did want to get the map itself completed. Hopefully I'll eventually hear back from the person it was for and we'll get names for everything nailed down. :)

10-09-2011, 01:12 AM
Awesome job, Cereth - this is one I want to view & re-view.

10-09-2011, 02:56 AM
That's cool cereth!

10-09-2011, 06:05 AM
looks really good C - nice coloring - easy on the eye :)

10-09-2011, 02:45 PM
Quite lovely map so far Cereth, I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product!