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Diamond
07-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Here's my version of Westeros and a bit of Essos.

I wanted something a bit more 'painterly', with geographic features that would still be obvious without interfering with the labels, allowing them to be easily read, so I used a modified version of Ascension's Swiss Atlas style (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10192-Swiss-style-relief-shading) tutorial. With this, I was able to create mountains and hills that were still visible and pretty, without them overwhelming everything else. One major liberty I took when making this map was to break up the coastlines in certain places a little more, to make them less regular and smooth. I used James Sinclair's maps from the paperback versions of the books for reference, and to be honest, those maps aren't the greatest on coastal detail.

I used fairly bright, primary colors when building the map, then applied an old paper texture combined with a couple of grainy filters and color overlays to achieve the grungy look. This also dulled the colors and gave them an older, richer feel. The two fonts used are Seven Swordsman (for the title, regional and geographic names), and Roman Antique (for everything else). Most of the text has a white outer glow to make it stand out against the grungy overlay, with the exception of the regional names, which use a color overlay and a black outer glow to get the same effect.

Some locations mentioned in the books aren't visible here, mainly because I did the map before I finished A Feast for Crows, so places like Horn Hill and the Quiet Isle don't show up. :D

The title box shows my interpretation of the sigils of Houses Baratheon/Lannister, Targaryen, and Stark.

Westeros, Essos, and anything else related to A Song of Ice and Fire are copyrighted properties of George RR Martin, obviously.

arsheesh
07-05-2011, 04:56 PM
That looks stunning Diamond! BTW, I thought you might be taking a break from mapping for a while, but I'm glad to see you around.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ascension
07-05-2011, 08:33 PM
Looks nice, man.

Diamond
07-05-2011, 11:27 PM
Thanks, guys.


BTW, I thought you might be taking a break from mapping for a while, but I'm glad to see you around.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
I found a bit more time over the holiday weekend than I thought I'd have, so this is the result of staying up until 5 in the morning one night... :D

Sapiento
07-06-2011, 02:06 AM
Excellent version of Westeros!

tilt
07-06-2011, 04:07 AM
looks fantastic Diamond - sure understand the Westeros mood floating around - great show on tv :)

Clercon
07-06-2011, 04:21 AM
Looks really nice! Great work :)

Diamond
07-06-2011, 10:55 PM
looks fantastic Diamond - sure understand the Westeros mood floating around - great show on tv :)

Yeah, but what sucks is that it won't be until next spring that the second season starts. :(

Steel General
07-07-2011, 03:28 PM
At least the new book will be out in a few days... nice job on the map!

Diamond
07-08-2011, 02:36 AM
Yep, I've got it on pre-order; just finishing up re-reading Feast for Crows, so I'm nice and prepped for it. :D

tilt
07-15-2011, 11:58 AM
oh.. its coming out now.. cool .. gotta get that then :)

Balerion
07-19-2011, 07:30 AM
That's a terrific map. Particularly love the font you used. Great job!

With your permission, I'd love to host it at Westeros.org, among the other maps (http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Gallery) and art we have hosted there (including Tear's cool map). With all due credit, of course, and a link to your profile page here (or to a gallery of your other work, if you have that).

Werthead
07-19-2011, 08:39 AM
I love the style of the map, very clear and impressive, though you have Essos extending a little far north (Braavos is due east of the Vale). Here (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110714094614/gameofthrones/images/a/a6/Westeros_and_Essos.png) is a combined outline map of Westeros and Essos incorporating the expanded Free Cities map from DANCE WITH DRAGONS which may be of interest.

Diamond
07-19-2011, 01:59 PM
That's a terrific map. Particularly love the font you used. Great job!

With your permission, I'd love to host it at Westeros.org, among the other maps (http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Gallery) and art we have hosted there (including Tear's cool map). With all due credit, of course, and a link to your profile page here (or to a gallery of your other work, if you have that).
Sure, go for it. You can just link back to my profile page here, or my DeviantArt page http://chanimur.deviantart.com/ if you want.


I love the style of the map, very clear and impressive, though you have Essos extending a little far north (Braavos is due east of the Vale). Here (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110714094614/gameofthrones/images/a/a6/Westeros_and_Essos.png) is a combined outline map of Westeros and Essos incorporating the expanded Free Cities map from DANCE WITH DRAGONS which may be of interest.

Yeah, I noticed that geographic discrepancy yesterday when I started reading ADWD. Ah well. :D