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Hai-Etlik
07-14-2011, 03:50 AM
This is a commission I've taken on to map a region roughly equivalent to the Mediterranean basin. Request thread here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?15169-Map-design-request-world-map-and-city-map).

At present I'm working on symbolizing the various climate/biome types: Boreal Forest, Temperate Forest, Steppe, Mediterranean, Semi-Arid, and Arid. Much of the temperate forest has been cleared by human activity; I expect the Elves aren't happy, but thankfully that's not my problem to deal with.

Target size is an A3 print.

Here's an overview.
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And a 300 DPI subset.
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As usual, this is done in Inkscape with some help from custom Ruby scripts to massage the SVG.

ravells
07-14-2011, 04:05 AM
Loving the really crisp pen and ink feel of it already!

Hai-Etlik
07-14-2011, 04:17 AM
Loving the really crisp pen and ink feel of it already!

Thanks, that's what I like about working with Inkscape. Though the trick is to take a little bit of that crispness off at the end using filter effects so it isn't so immediately obvious it was all done with a computer.

Sapiento
07-14-2011, 04:21 AM
Looks very clean.

Hai-Etlik
07-14-2011, 04:10 PM
Some updates.

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ravells
07-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Some funky looking trees there in the middle two pics. Is that supposed to be some sort of desert / savannah?

Hai-Etlik
07-14-2011, 05:54 PM
Some funky looking trees there in the middle two pics. Is that supposed to be some sort of desert / savannah?

Well, the trees by themselves represent a Mediterranean climate (Think gnarled old olive trees), while with the grass symbols they represent what I've been calling 'semi-arid", but yes, it's pretty much savannah and near desert.

Hai-Etlik
07-15-2011, 07:55 PM
Further updates. I wasn't able to accomplish much due to some email problems but I made up some roads, which will probably be completely replaced (It's not like they are much work) added some regional labels, and applied my trusty parchment filter.

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ravells
07-16-2011, 02:38 AM
Very Sharp! Rep coming if it will let me

Diamond
07-16-2011, 03:41 AM
Wow! That's gorgeous. I love the simplicity and cleanness of it. Every symbol looks great, and they all balance each other well, as in, the mountains don't overpower the forests, or vice versa.

Hai-Etlik
07-16-2011, 05:58 AM
Very Sharp! Rep coming if it will let me


Wow! That's gorgeous. I love the simplicity and cleanness of it. Every symbol looks great, and they all balance each other well, as in, the mountains don't overpower the forests, or vice versa.

Thanks.

I've been given the final city names and road network. The client also wanted some more mountains in the north. I've put in a few provisional water body names to balance the required ones so he has a bit more naming to do (unless he likes my rather bland and obvious names or decides those rivers and smaller seas/bays don't need names.)

I've also put the city names on paths for a more organic look and put in provisional locations for the cartouche and a compass rose, assuming we put them in on this map.

The halo around the text might look a bit odd in places, but I'm using a filter effect for it so I can update the text "live". In the final version it will be done differently for a cleaner look, but I need to finalize the text first.

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Hai-Etlik
07-16-2011, 06:07 PM
A bit of messing around with a cartouche design and some more filter effects.

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ravells
07-16-2011, 07:28 PM
Utterly stunning. Magnificent, Hai!

arsheesh
07-16-2011, 09:04 PM
Ooh, very nice Hai! I think this is my favorite of your maps so far. Way to develop your own style too, and an attractive one at that.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Hai-Etlik
07-17-2011, 06:57 AM
OK, here we have a few different options for the cartouche and/or scale and what are hopefully the last changes to the labels.

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ravells
07-17-2011, 08:31 AM
I like both the cartouches. The only small suggestion I would make is to either align the lettering of Illara horizontal or to exaggerate the slope/curve. At the moment it looks unintentionally misalinged. I just love the simplicity and weight of this map so much. It's so clear.

AlexTna
07-17-2011, 08:37 AM
This is the kind of map I hope one day I will be able to draw. The style is so clean, the mountains and trees are all very nice.
Well done!

Hai-Etlik
07-18-2011, 12:20 AM
OK, this should be the final version if the client signs off on it.
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It's a bit bigger than before at 120 DPI rather than 90 and just barely squeaks in under the forum file size limit.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

PS: Corrected a couple of mistakes, the scale was off by a factor of 5 and a river was missnamed.

GZidar
07-18-2011, 06:16 AM
I just wanted to say that I really love the way that this map has turned out. I have seen various versions of it along the way and I am still finding new points of interest such as little swamp symbols in amongst the trees and other little details.

Great work in my opinion.