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Ramah
05-19-2011, 09:58 AM
Hey there, this is a WIP of the continent of Mydresia, done as a commission for Malken for his novels... http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14471-In-Need-of-a-Professional-Looking-Map!

The full view at 50% size

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A detail view at 100%

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Still to do: Swamps, deserts, a few bits and bobs such as a canyon and a few labels.

Again, this is a commission so no unauthorised usage please.

arsheesh
05-19-2011, 02:03 PM
Ramah you've got such a great hand-drawn style! I always love drinking in your vibrant maps. I like how you've given the terrain features the impression of being embossed within the map, it gives the map a sense of dimension. However while it is easy to pic out details up close, from afar that embossed impression seems to obscure the features that it is meant to highlight. For instance, in the first pic, I can't really tell what all the squiggly patterns are on the map unless I zoom in. My suggestion would be to play around with the depth and/or opacity filters of your light map (or bump map, or whatever), toning things down just a tad. However you do whatever you feel to be best.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ramah
05-19-2011, 03:25 PM
Hmm, not sure which squiggly bits you mean. The forests? Or maybe the paper texture showing through?

I don't actually use any embossing btw.

arsheesh
05-19-2011, 03:50 PM
I was referring to the forests. I thought that you had used some form of light map or bump map or perhaps had embossed them, but now that I look at them more closely, that may just be an illusion achieved by your hand-drawn use of light and shadow. However the detail is really only obscured in the thumbnails; when the map is enlarged it becomes apparent that you are rendering forests.

Blackmagicweaver
05-19-2011, 10:30 PM
Absloutly wonderful. So ...rich. Its the best work I can find for it.

ravells
05-21-2011, 12:36 PM
Absolutely stunning....it's huge!!! What's the pixel size of the map? 8k across? Rep coming!

LonewandererD
05-22-2011, 12:50 AM
Whoa, now that is epic. Why must you be so talented and bring such so much awesome to this site, I must have your talent! Envy/awe :) / :(

-D-

vman3force
05-23-2011, 10:28 PM
very nice man.

tilt
05-24-2011, 09:16 AM
beautiful as usual Ramah, love your mountain style :) ... can't wait to see it finished :)

Ramah
05-25-2011, 04:43 PM
Cheers guys.

Ravs, no, full size is 4800 * 3800 ish.

Finished map posted up here btw... http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14803-Mydresia&p=154394#post154394

keithrgordon
05-26-2011, 12:58 PM
Ramah, super inspirational as usual. You balance softness and crispness so exquisitely well. The map just welcomes you in, and keeps on revealing more and more as you go in deeper. The world feels vibrantly alive, and that is no small feat to accomplish in a map :)

How do you create/capture the seamless transition from the crisp mountains to smooth hills and forests? Is it all hand-drawn?

It is definitely a masterwork!

Ramah
06-02-2011, 09:01 AM
Thanks, Keith.
This map is all hand-drawn so I cannot really answer your question - I just place things where they feel right or where the client requests them. I do try to bring the hills and mountains together through some low opacity shading that helps to bring them into a unified whole rather than just a series of single hills dotted around. I also mask off the green below the mountains and to a lesser extent the hills to bring through the parchment colour and thus hopefully connect them with the palette.