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05-18-2011, 07:44 PM
I'm a fantasy writer who needs to map her world and is too broke at present to hire a cartographer/artist. Plus also making the map is a great way to avoid writing. ;) I use GIMP and have been tearing my hair out "translating" PSspeak into GIMP2.6speak. And of course I must jump in at the deep end because that's how I'm wired. Anyway, this is a terrific site and I've already gotten further along with my project than I ever thought possible. Thanks to all the tutorial writers.

Hungry Donner
05-18-2011, 07:48 PM
I'd post something encouraging about showing us what you have but that would be a tad hypocritical given that I've yet to post any of my maps here. (This weekend, I swear!) I thankfully am in a more comfortable position to ask what sort of fantasy setting you're using. :)

05-18-2011, 08:11 PM
I am stupid enough to share. :) This is the setting to the first book in my series. This is most of a quarter-hemisphere. I think. The main continent in the picture is home to the Tremontine Empire; the demarcations are mostly of the Tremontine duchies, though the northern section leading into what will be the polar cap is not; it's called the Northern Wastes. The island or small continent to the east is Sairland; below Tremont's continent (I need to name that thing) is the continent of Inchar, home to many kingdoms and principalities and currently being colonized by the Tremontines.

The setting is Victorian-ish but there is no gunpowder. Humans are the only race. There is magic, but it is concentrated in the hands of a few and is generally doubted to exist by many. The society--the world--is pantheistic; the eight Gods come down into a human embodiment once a year on their respective holidays, but few get to see Them.

I've got this sucker built out to the point that I know the cheeses of each region. (Hey, a reader asked me and I discovered I knew the answer.) The first book is out and it's WAY past time I got a map together.

The cool thing is I generated its shape the random way and within three or four difference cloud attempts I got this. And it's remarkably--scarily--like the rough sketches I've made. I just need to figure out how to take it to an acceptable finish.

So here tis, in all its unfinished glory. You'll probably recognize the tutorials I've been using. :)


Steel General
05-19-2011, 07:23 AM
Welcome Aboard!

It seems like you are off to a good start. You may want to create a WIP thread in the appropriate forum and post there to get more C&C. :)

05-19-2011, 11:50 AM
Thank you, I'll do that. Though at this rate I'm head-desking enough that I may just hope I get enough in pre-sales to hire someone to finish. Then again, I've got till October to tinker with it. Then again, I've got this damn book to finish...

05-20-2011, 05:20 PM
Welcome to the Guild. :) Looks pretty great to me.

05-21-2011, 02:53 AM
I've started a WIP thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14757-The-Tremontine-Continent-A-map-for-a-fantasy-novel-series&p=153994#post153994) with the latest iteration of this map. Thanks for the welcome!

05-25-2011, 11:29 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

05-26-2011, 02:13 PM
welcome to the guild... and nice start :)