View Full Version : June/July Challenge Entry: The Olayan Islands

07-07-2011, 12:38 PM
I've been pretty inactive the past few months, but I decided to have a go at this challenge. The idea is to make a pretty basic, old style navigational map. The title is based of the Irish word for islands--oilean (thanks Google Translate!).

BTW, the mountains used are from vandy (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4875-VANDY-Makes-Map-Symbols&highlight=vandy+mountains), and rhumb lines where based off Giddes xcf from here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11100-rhumb-line-placement/page3).

Any comments, critiques, or suggestions are welcome.

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Steel General
07-07-2011, 04:20 PM
Looks good so far...

07-09-2011, 02:28 PM
The map is pretty much finished. Since the first post, I made the ink bleed, and added labels, legend, and a compass. I also redid the woodcut because I thought the original one was too thick, changed the border, and experimented with a new texture.

C&C is welcome.

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07-09-2011, 02:32 PM
Very attractive!


07-09-2011, 03:54 PM
It's looking really good! My only suggestion would be to dial back the labels from pure black to a very, very dark colour (perhaps blue as it's the most dominant colour on the map).

07-10-2011, 09:30 PM
Here is the latest update. Thanks for the suggestion Ravells, I like the blue labels a lot. The blue city symbols weren't that great, so I just dulled the black bit.

I didn't like the blank areas for white, so I filled them with white and turned down the opacity a bit.

I added an arms for the islands with a lot of sea related symbols because it composed of many islands. The anchor on it is from wikimedia commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meuble_h%C3%A9raldique_Ancre_02.svg) and has a creative commons license.

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