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DevinNight
02-18-2011, 12:23 PM
I've been working on this one for about two weeks, but I only get a couple hours a day so it's not moving too rapidly.
The map is for an upcoming online game which more info can be found here: playbastion.com (http://www.playbastion.com)

I don't do a lot of overland mapping, but I have several projects which will benefit from getting better at doing it.
One of the things I constantly struggle with is the slightly iso look on a flat land mass.
I drew some inspiration from Torstans overland maps which are very nice.

Below are the WIP images, I spend most of the time on the mountains, even done loosely it's very time consuming.
Comments are welcome

Jaxilon
02-18-2011, 12:49 PM
That's looking great so far. I really like the snowy mountains to the north.

RobA
02-18-2011, 12:54 PM
Below are the WIP images, I spend most of the time on the mountains, even done loosely it's very time consuming.
Comments are welcome

I agree-

For me, hand drawn mountains are the most time consuming part of any overland map.

-Rob A>

torstan
02-18-2011, 12:58 PM
Coming along really nicely. I know mountains take a while, but with that amount of practice you get better fast :) It looks wonderful - love the colour palette you've gone with.

ravells
02-18-2011, 01:18 PM
The mountains are worth the effort though, they really make your map sing. Is it just me or do symbol maps have a natural 'scale' to them which the size of the symbols compared to landmass suggest?

DevinNight
02-18-2011, 02:53 PM
Thanks guys. And yeah, the scale as determined by the symbols, may be problematic. I think the map covers a much greater area than what the mountains and forests would suggest.

Ascension
02-18-2011, 06:01 PM
The only thing more time-consuming than hand-drawn (and shaded) ISO mtns are maps with thousands of labels. It takes me like a week just to do mtns, ugh. For what it worth, yours look pretty good so now that you've got the hard part done the rest goes pretty fast and it becomes enjoyable again.

DevinNight
02-19-2011, 02:01 AM
Here is the final, or almost final work.
The client has their own font, so the labels will change a bit.

DevinNight
02-19-2011, 02:05 AM
Decided that it needed to be shown a bit larger.

tilt
02-19-2011, 02:34 AM
looks beautiful Devin, love the colors, the city labels are a little hard to read, but great mountains you've made - worth every hour :) ... have some rep for this :)

Steel General
02-19-2011, 09:19 AM
Nicely done!

jfrazierjr
02-19-2011, 12:57 PM
Beautiful map!!! This is some great work, and thanks for posting up a larger version so we can see the details better. Oh...and thanks for the images showing the evolution of the map too.. Looks like an interesting project. Are you a part of it or was this a commissioned piece? And yea, ISO style mountains are a huge time sink, but they really make a map pop and be work it in the end. I will eventually get back to mine....<sigh>

DevinNight
02-19-2011, 02:11 PM
Commissioned. I've been doing illustrations for their game for close to a year now, then they noticed I do a little cartography and asked me to enhance their established map..

Ascension
02-19-2011, 08:30 PM
The topmost forest needs to be finished off to match the others and the river delta looks kind of "brushy" repeated at the outermost edges. I have that happen sometimes too, though, so I just grab a small eraser and erase some of the tell-tale dots around the outer edges in something like an alternating pattern (erase the middle dot here, left dot there, right dot there, top dot here, etc). Otherwise, very nice work, man. Your mtns look great but I like the forests the most.

DevinNight
02-20-2011, 12:45 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, I'll clean that up before sending the final. I also have not signed the map yet.. I'm an idiot.