View Full Version : New Fiction Regional Map...

02-07-2011, 11:52 PM
Well I'm finishing up with college. AAS Animation/Game Design at the end of the quarter. I wanted to add some cartography work to my Portfolio. Heres the rough draft. I've had the Compass rose laying around for over a year now. Figured i wold use it finally. Let me know what you think and I'll be posting some stage updates.


02-08-2011, 12:05 AM
Looks like a fun layout.

02-08-2011, 02:40 AM
Are the small mountains actually small mountains, or are they hills? I keep looking at the two sizes and thinking Big Mountains, Small Mountains.

I like that layout; very self-contained, but obviously part of a bigger whole that begs for exploration...

02-08-2011, 09:39 AM
Big Mountains = 4,000' + (Big rocky snow covered stuff that has glaciers. Think Cascades Range rather than Rockies)
Little Mountains = 1,000' to 3,999' (Small to larger tree covered foothills much like the Appalachian Range)

I'm working on a new set of Mountain Icons that will show the difference a bit better. Should have something up in another 6 hours or so.

02-08-2011, 04:41 PM
Ok Big Mountains are done.
Coastline is next.


02-09-2011, 01:32 AM
those are nice looking mountains.

02-09-2011, 01:46 AM
You should see them in High Res. I used and ink wash brush in PS CS5. Up close it beautiful.

On a side note...

MicroSoft Blows. They just ran an update and now my WACOM and Photoshop are wigging out. Can't seem to get the WACOM to recognize the second monitor when I'm working in PS. I've been trouble shooting the problem for the last 7 hours and still no luck.

02-10-2011, 03:23 AM
Wish I had some suggestions on fixing your issue, but my troubleshooting would be a matter of trying to reinstall drivers for the wacom and the vodeocard, which if you've been trying to fix for 7 hours, i would guess you've already tried. I'm using CS3 on dual monitors, but it's never given me an issue so i have no experience to share :(

any chance of a closeup detail to show off the mountains? they intrigue me.. and how did you get them like that?

*edit - d'oh, nevermind on the how did you do them, you already said .. so much for my amazing attention to detail!*

02-14-2011, 10:39 AM
OK So I have some up dates for ya'll. I ended up needed to get a new WACOM pad. The old GD is not being supported anymore. They had a patch back in November that resolved the issues that I was facing but that patch was not applied to the GB tables. Oh well. I guess 14 years is a good run on a tablet. Anyway. work has slowed a bit. I have to focus on my Soc 101 Mid terms and On getting some other work on my Portfolio and Independent Studies done. I have added some close ups of the mountains and details on my brushes. I think I might add a wet edge to this brush for later painting work. I like the water color look it gives me. Anyway, enjoy the new pics and I should be back at it by next week.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/MtSample1.jpg http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/WetBrushSample1.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/WetBrushSample2.jpg http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/WetBrushSample3.jpg http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/WetBrushSample4.jpg http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg60/Sam_of_AE/WetBrushSample5.jpg

02-14-2011, 10:42 AM
hhmmm Maybe I can scale these images down for the web next time I post........

Someone just kick me......

02-14-2011, 04:01 PM
Very nice, David. We do have a thumbnailing facility here. Click 'go advanced' when you're writing your post and then look for the 'manage attachment's button below. That allows you to upload images which will automatically be thumbnailed.

02-14-2011, 04:28 PM
As Soc 101, the only thing I remember from that is the bystander effect...and that was my minor. (blush) Very nice of you to show your brush settings - I hope lots of folks look at them so I don't have to go into long-winded explanations all the time. :)

02-16-2011, 01:32 AM
Nice! I tend to use a pencil type brush, haven't messed with some of the other settings that you're using. I'll definitely have to give this a go. This is cs5? I don't recognize "transfer" as a setting.. I may have to mess around and see if I can get something equivalent for cs3.

Still working my way up to actually DOING something, i've been mostly looking at stuff waiting for the inspiration to kick back in.

02-19-2011, 02:42 PM
OK everything is on hold for a bit. I have to play catchup with some other classes, then I can get back to the map. hhmmm... Should be about a week i think.

03-31-2011, 01:52 AM
So the quarter is done and I'm am officially a college grad. I I thought I had finished up the map, but in my portfolio review the on good thing they liked about it was the color selection. The thing they REALLY DIDN'T like about it was the typographic. SO. Any one want to chime in and give me some direction?


03-31-2011, 03:29 AM
Hi David, in terms of label placement. Check out the link in my signature for some guidance. Nice mountains btw!

03-31-2011, 04:18 PM
I think the main thing is that the crisp Gothic lettering clashes with the hand-drawn elements...maybe try a hand-lettered font.