View Full Version : Erathion [WIP World Map]

11-15-2010, 06:21 PM
:compass: Erathion

I've finally taken to starting up a new project after completing this map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?9149-Northeastern-Vesta) quite awhile ago. I consider this map to be a continuation of the aforementioned, in that I will be adapting ideas, symbols, placenames, etc. I will also seek to build upon what I consider to be my own personal style of cartography.

Most current WIP (11/23):

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/496/erathionthumb.jpg (http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/8826/erathionlowres.jpg)

11-16-2010, 05:53 AM
Very nice! It kind of reminds me of a post-apocalyptic eurasia ;)
Btw, is Vestia on this continent?

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11-16-2010, 04:07 PM
Very nice! It kind of reminds me of a post-apocalyptic eurasia ;)
Btw, is Vestia on this continent?

Have some rep!

Yes and no. The actual landmass from my Northeastern Vesta map isn't, but the spirit of it (particularly placenames) will find it's way into this world map. And my inspiration for the land shapes was indeed taken from the Eurasian landmass. ;)

I've updated the first post...I will be posting all future WIPs as lower res images so I can fit them onto Imageshack and everyone can see them. :)

11-18-2010, 05:38 PM
The map is continuing along nicely...

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/496/erathionthumb.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/8826/erathionlowres.jpg)

As you can see I work very slowly. :P I've continued to expand on the southeastern portion of the map, adding in a second nation (obvious Japanese influences there!). I've also changed the style of the rivers and attempted to add some subtle terrain gradations...my favorite addition is the miniature flags to the capital cities. :)

If anyone has any ideas on how to make political borders that would blend with the map, please don't hesitate to give your two cents. I'm also considering altering the shape of the northwestern continent to make it less of an amorphous blob. :blush:

11-18-2010, 06:14 PM
Are you looking for something like these? Of course I just did a random shape of area. Although I did it in GIMP it shouldn't be too hard to do in PS. If it looks good I can write something up for you.

Edit: I can't seem to upload them on to the CG's server. So I'm hosting them off site.




Edit 2: Haha sorry about the big images. I changed it to links instead.

11-18-2010, 06:20 PM
I think your detailed areas are looking fairly awesome already. Nice work!

11-19-2010, 01:09 PM
I agree with Mearrin69. Your first map was among my favorites when I first became a member of the Guild. I'm glad to see you are back at it again. This map is looking great so far (I really like the mountains). I look forward to watching it progress.


Steel General
11-19-2010, 02:31 PM
This is progressing quite nicely.

11-19-2010, 05:23 PM
I'm just having far too much fun with this map...why study for an Organic Chemistry exam when I could be doing something infinitely more fun? :)

http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/496/erathionthumb.jpg (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/8826/erathionlowres.jpg)

What's new you ask? I added a graticule to the border as well as a map scale and have experimented with some political borders (thanks geamon!), but I'm not sure if they're going to stay that way...you'll also notice some big changes to the landmass in the northwestern portion of the map, now it looks a little more exciting. ;) You'll also notice the big cloud blob in the bottom...more then anything that was just an excuse to paint some clouds, but I do think it makes the map feel bigger. :P

Thanks for all the comments! :)

11-19-2010, 06:29 PM
If you keep that style for the rest of the world this will look amazing at the finishing line :)

11-21-2010, 04:53 PM
If you keep that style for the rest of the world this will look amazing at the finishing line :)

Well that's the most difficult part then isn't it? :lol: That's why I work so slowly, so that I can pay attention to the details for whatever section of the map I'm working on...and if I'm not in the mood, I won't do anything, otherwise I'll starting cutting corners. :P

11-22-2010, 09:00 AM
Map is looking really great, Ex and I love those little flags by the cities - taking note of that particular technique. :)

11-22-2010, 12:11 PM
This is quite nice, quite nice indeed my friend. Specially that the land mass seems kinda familiar yet foreign. And the style you use is very beautiful. Keep up the good work and keep updating :D

11-22-2010, 12:55 PM
Hey this is coming along great. Keep up the good work like everyone is saying and this is going to be simply awesome.

11-22-2010, 10:28 PM
Hey everyone, thanks for all the commentary. :)

By all means! I'd be honored if a small idea of mine made it into maps as great as yours. :)

My model for the landmasses was Europe/Asia/Africa so I'm glad you can see the similarities but still think that it feels unique...that's my goal. :D

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/496/erathionthumb.jpg (http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/8826/erathionlowres.jpg)

I'll leave you to find what's new. >:) I'm considering expanding the southern continent more towards the south so it disappears off the map. It would be an additional "unknown" region that a sea route has not been discovered around, making land routes through the center of the map more important (Silk Road kind of deal). Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the "Crescent of Ishtar", I may end up redoing them...

I'm heading home for the holiday this week so I'll be away from my desktop for a few days, talk to you all soon. :)

11-22-2010, 10:37 PM
The map is fantastic! I think that this should be a featured map when it is finished.

11-23-2010, 02:21 PM
Now the big question for a beginner like me is, where can I find a tutorial to use this beautiful style? :D Really though I would love to experiment with this style.

11-23-2010, 03:16 PM
Looks great so far! I especially like the very subtle icons in the ocean. It looks like the clock in the sea of time was accidentally dragged off center of the rest of itself. Can't wait to see more.

11-23-2010, 05:00 PM
This style looks loosely like a hybrid of Tear and Pasis so run those tuts a few times then you'll have an understanding of what the differences are.