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Diamond
11-20-2010, 02:34 PM
I was very pleased with the way this turned out. I wanted to keep it as close to hand-drawn as possible, so I chose the fonts accordingly (Aria Penci Roman for the country names, Roughwork Demo for the title in the banner, Writing Stuff for everything else). All of those can be found on dafont.com. The trees were a pain in the @$$; I tried doing them with a pattern stamp, but the result looked too mechanical, so I individually placed every single one. Whew. The colors are pretty low key so they interact well with the overlay layer I did, which is one of Coyotemax's outstanding old paper patterns. The artwork in the corners is from http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm, which has a bucketload of interesting old artwork. They represent the four elements, which form the basis for most religion on this world.

I may go back and add names for the major rivers and do some other minor tweaking, but the jury's still out on that.

Sapiento
11-20-2010, 02:44 PM
A beautiful piece. The colour palette works great.

Diamond
11-20-2010, 02:48 PM
Thanks! I think I busted my Brush function placing those forests. Thank god it's a mostly semi-arid place... :D

jbgibson
11-20-2010, 03:32 PM
Very, very nice, Diamond. The colors work well, and you got a good handwritten vibe with those fonts, without going all illegible-scrawly. Is that jpg artifacting around the title's linework? Or an intentional "here the ink bleeds a little" effect? It makes the title seem softer than the rest of the labeling.

River names? Naaaah - just say locals all call the nearest one "the river" and everybody else uses a formulaic name involving whichever local ruler is paramount, the season, and something religious -- in other words, the names change too often to put on a map :-).

New adjective : kyrful : meticulous placement of small objects, particularly trees.

Diamond
11-20-2010, 03:37 PM
Yeah, I did a soft blur on the title, jbg. I was going to leave it sharp, but it just didn't seem right to me that way. There's also a slight brown stroke around it.

And thanks for the thumbs up!

tovokas
11-21-2010, 04:15 AM
I like how you've balanced grittiness with readability. Very nice work.

Eilathen
11-21-2010, 06:43 AM
Man...you just can't make ugly maps, can you?! ;)
As always, an awesome piece. I'm a Diamond-fanboy :D If I had to critic something i think it would be that the map would look even better with more different mountain-symbols. I would rep you, but as it seems, i have to spread around some rep before i can do that again.

Sonnenfalke
11-21-2010, 02:07 PM
I love the colour style of this map ... looks very good ^^

Diamond
11-21-2010, 02:46 PM
Thanks, fellas!

tilt
11-21-2010, 02:59 PM
looks really cool - love the palette, the only thing is, as Eilathen allready have mentioned, the mountain symbols which could use some variety - but its a minor thing :)

Steel General
11-21-2010, 03:31 PM
I agree with the others on the mountain sysmbols, but other than that it's a very nice piece.

Jaxilon
11-21-2010, 03:36 PM
Beautiful map Diamond, I really like it.

Ramah
11-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Another beautiful map, Diamond. :) Love the muted colour scheme.

pamoa
11-22-2010, 11:06 AM
incredible map man
I love all
maybe the border lines seems a bit odd to me
this dashed line is blurring the roads doted line and river full line

I love the fonts
I love the title with the ink tainting the paper
superb effect with trees (it was worth the work)

and the mountains what's an other hundred year of work
if you already stayed an entire millennium in the forest :lol:
no just kidding they are very nice

geamon
11-22-2010, 11:10 AM
Very awesome map man. Only thing I'd say is that I would love more variety in the mountain brush used, but very minor criticism.

Diamond
11-22-2010, 08:34 PM
@pamoa: I debated even putting borders in at all. I guess it's so ingrained into me that it just feels odd if I don't. :D

@all: Yeah, probably could've changed up the mountains a bit. I still can, if I feel particularly ambitious at some point; I didn't merge anything except the text layers, so I can always go back and play around some more...

Ascension
11-22-2010, 08:36 PM
Well done, man. Was gonna rep ya, remind me that I owe ya some.

Legiazus
11-24-2010, 12:28 PM
Absolutely beautiful. As its been said, the palette is great and the map as whole have a very effective style.