View Full Version : May 2011 Challenge Entry - Hassassine

05-14-2011, 01:37 PM
With so many big guns coming out this month I figured that I better do one up as well and see how I stack up. I wanted to do a simple atlas map with solid colors and no texture as you'd find in any bookstore but I didn't want to do up that many labels. So I'm going with something more stylish. With three other maps going on this one might only get half done but here's where I am right now after one night of messin' around. Not sure where I'm going to go from here - like what sort of icon style I'll do for towns n such or if there will be any indication of terrain. Most of my thoughts are on Kilkenny Castle and surrounds for a stained glass client whose ancestors settled the area so I'm being pulled in many directions this month. So anyway, here we go.

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05-14-2011, 01:39 PM
Already looks great. :)

05-14-2011, 02:04 PM
colors already looking very good (and the bright spot on the peninsula is already screaming for some major point of interest) so I hope you can finish this. But also gratz on doing a stained glass based on Kilkenny Castle... Ireland is one of my favorite countries (and I bet very inspiring for artwork) and Kilkenny is a very nice place (and has great beers too :) cheers, DJ

05-14-2011, 03:42 PM
awesome job so far. I love the look you've already achieved. My only "personal" criticism is the big drop shadow. I'm not a fan of the floating map feel. It's okay on the major land mass, but looks odd on the smaller outlying islands. Totally a personal preference - you take this map where you want. I'm sure you'll have an awesome piece.

05-14-2011, 04:13 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I'm leaning towards giving the islands a smaller, closer drop.

05-14-2011, 06:26 PM
Got to say, I'm with RJ...I love it all except the really big drop shadow.

05-14-2011, 11:55 PM
I decided to get bold, like my father. But I'm also never satisfied, like my mother. Weeping doves aside here's where I be.

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05-15-2011, 01:46 AM
Wow.. Thats amazing!!

05-15-2011, 09:25 AM
mouthwatering stuff...those mountains look superb.

05-15-2011, 01:18 PM
Loving it so far, A. Hehe, this month is gonna be a bitch to vote on I can see. :S

05-15-2011, 10:06 PM
Ok, so all I have left is label the rivers, make a key, scale and compass...and any tweaks.

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05-16-2011, 01:04 AM
One look at this map and a very particular theme muic sprang to mind. Nice work Ascension :)


05-16-2011, 01:04 AM
Hassassine: Famed for its Shankara Stone mines.


Ascension, you constantly amaze me. You really do.

05-16-2011, 01:24 AM
Really a great map. I love the mountains. However I'm not a big fan of the drop shadow on the coastline. Makes the continent look like it hovering over the ocean. But that might just be me. Still a wonderful map.

05-16-2011, 02:51 AM
lol, NOW the drop shadow makes sense. Can we have a picture of an aeroplane leaving a red line behind it? Great concept, A! Glad there's been a break-out from fantasy this month.

Steel General
05-16-2011, 07:39 AM
As usual you've come with something fantastic, but I'm not so sure about the font you used for the title. I think it clashes with the rest of the map.

05-22-2011, 04:15 PM
I sort of ran out of ideas so I haven't touched this until today, haven't touched any maps for a week. So I slapped up some finishing stuff and this will probably be the final unless I feel like tweaking something.

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05-24-2011, 10:13 AM
yeah.. nice touch with the plane ... gotta go find those old Indiana movies on the shelves now ;)

05-25-2011, 01:56 PM
yeah, as usual it all fits together perfectly. Love the vibrant color and mountains, and that font you used for sea-labels is great too (couldn't place it, what font did you use?) cheers, DJ

05-25-2011, 04:22 PM
Oh yeah, forgot the font list: SF Fedora for the title (Venture also works but it's expensive); Adventure Subtitles for the subtitle; Movie Poster for my by line; Aramis for the numbers; Bible Script for town names (there are many similar to this font, like Aramis, so I won't name them all); Arkansas DB for rivers; Anastasia for islands, plains, forests, and deserts; Bolton Italic for mountains and hills; Birmingham for bodies of water. The bigger the font the more I fiddle with its parameters so it doesn't look like the normal font straight out of the box so your results may vary. :)