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arsheesh
09-06-2011, 01:40 PM
Well, after almost a week of business I was finally able to get back to this map and put the finishing touches on it (the WIP can be found here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?15452-Eriond-A-World-Map)). This is a world map of Eriond, which is the basis of a homebrew campaign setting that I've been working on for several years (a link to the world setting info is given in my sig). This is also a sort of reworking and expanding of the first map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?9128-Eriond-Completed-Ascension-Style-Map&highlight=eriond) that I ever made here at the Guild.

The map was made using GIMP and Wilbur, with a little Inkscape thrown in for the text work. I created the outline and height map in GIMP, generated the rivers and terrain in Wilbur, and then added the bum map, gradient map and border work in GIMP. I've long since lost track of how many hours I've poured into this, and to be honest, I'm still not satisfied with the final product. For one thing I'm not sure how I feel about the way the smaller country labels turned out. I was going for subtlety: I wanted them to blend into the landscape. Who knows, at some point in the future I may fiddle with it some more, but for now I've got so much else going on right now that I think I'm calling this done. As an aside, I had to reduce the size of the uploaded map, but you can download a full resolution copy at my deviant art (http://arsheesh.deviantart.com/#/d490uur) account.

I've also included a map showing the global rotation of the planet below. Finally, thanks to everyone (especially Ascension and Diamond) for providing helpful tips and suggestions on how to improve the map.

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Cheers,
-Arsheesh

bartmoss
09-06-2011, 02:17 PM
Nice work - have some rep :-)

Hugo Solis
09-06-2011, 03:24 PM
Looking real nice. I specially like the big inner sea of the left continent.

Valtharius
09-06-2011, 03:43 PM
Absolutely stunning! Love the mountains and the deep blues. Your naming convention is spot on. Love the style!

~Val

Steel General
09-07-2011, 09:55 AM
Wonderfully done arsheesh!

laevex_esre
09-07-2011, 12:03 PM
This looks fantastic! I love the style. Very striking and the rivers look absolutely brilliant. The deep gorges are awesome. Repped

Eilathen
09-07-2011, 01:51 PM
Very nice! My only critic - you botched the title of the thread :D ;)

Have some rep. .

arsheesh
09-07-2011, 02:30 PM
Very nice! My only critic - you botched the title of the thread :D ;).

Ha, do ya know I didn't even notice that!

Thank you all for the feedback, and for the rep of course. I think I spent more hours on this piece then any other to date.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Soixante
09-07-2011, 03:08 PM
Beautiful map, as are the rest of the maps of your world. One thing though, for me the sea labels are a little too subtle. So subtle as to make me really strain my eyes and lean in close to read them. Could just be my monitor, who knows.

Oh and, geographically, is there any particular reason why the deserts of your world are mostly situated close to the equator (unlike on earth, where they're around 30 degrees latitude north and south)? Not that it needs to mirror earth's climate or anything.

Kelron
09-07-2011, 03:16 PM
A stunning map!

arsheesh
09-07-2011, 03:49 PM
Beautiful map, as are the rest of the maps of your world. One thing though, for me the sea labels are a little too subtle. So subtle as to make me really strain my eyes and lean in close to read them. Could just be my monitor, who knows.

Oh and, geographically, is there any particular reason why the deserts of your world are mostly situated close to the equator (unlike on earth, where they're around 30 degrees latitude north and south)? Not that it needs to mirror earth's climate or anything.

Thanks. I went back and forth on the labels. On the one hand, I wanted them to be legible (obviously), but on the other, I was really trying to let the terrain on the map stand out, and I didn't wan the labels to be too prominent. But perhaps you are right, the compromise I reached might need a bit of reworking. Thanks for your input.

As to the deserts, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I wasn't aware of that fact. The climate and topography of Eriond is supposed to be similar to that of Earth, so this was an oversight on my part. Glad to know it though, this may be something I will have to go back and correct later on.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Jaxilon
09-07-2011, 06:24 PM
It looks gorgeous Arsheesh.

Hehe, maybe it's shaped like a peanut?


Uh, I would love to know how you crate your image in Gimp first and then get Wilbur to create the rivers. I can't seem to get wilbur to do anything I want it to. Granted I haven't spent much time at all with it.

arsheesh
09-08-2011, 07:10 PM
Thanks Jax, a tut is in the works, but can't promise you when it will be done.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Dain
10-19-2011, 02:38 AM
Really nice map. especially love the details, tiny rivers for instance.
The sea is a bit too dark for my taste though but it's still a great job.
Well done!

Lukc
10-19-2011, 04:05 AM
Have I mentioned it's a great map too? I love the detailed rivers, the colour scheme works great ... all in all it makes me think of a satellite map, and I'm pretty sure that's what you were after! :)

arsheesh
10-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Hey thanks Dain and Lukc. Dain, I'm currently typing this from a computer other than my own and the colors are much darker than they appear on my monitor; I wonder if this is an issue with the brightness/contrast settings. At any rate, something for me to take into consideration. Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Dain
10-20-2011, 01:16 PM
I'm currently typing this from a computer other than my own and the colors are much darker than they appear on my monitor
-Arsheesh
This usually happens with laptops, for instance and It's very frustrating, indeed.

CloudLion
03-12-2013, 01:40 AM
That's great work arsheesh!

Have you see: Global Regional paleogeographic maps Ronald Blakey CP Geosystems (http://cpgeosystems.com/index.html) ?

That might be entertaining. I'm out to flesh out a world to write to myself. I'd like it to be as real as possible. For the fun of effort.

Cheers to you and your creations arsheesh!

Best Regards.

arsheesh
03-12-2013, 04:02 AM
That's great work arsheesh!

Have you see: Global Regional paleogeographic maps Ronald Blakey CP Geosystems (http://cpgeosystems.com/index.html) ?

That might be entertaining. I'm out to flesh out a world to write to myself. I'd like it to be as real as possible. For the fun of effort.

Cheers to you and your creations arsheesh!

Best Regards.

Thanks Cloud Lion! Actually this is the first I've seen of this, though it looks fascinating. I'll have to check it out. I wish you all the best in your own project, and welcome to the Guild! BTW, post up a WIP of your project once you get it going, we'd love to see it and you'll receive helpful feedback that way.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

vorropohaiah
03-12-2013, 01:56 PM
i have newfound respect for this after trying out the tutorial and failing miserably! I might try again someday...

great work!

arsheesh
03-12-2013, 02:44 PM
Some of the techniques (particularly the mountain creation and height map sculpting) can be somewhat tricky and time consuming, but seeing the quality of your work V, I'm sure that you could employ these techniques to great effect once familiar with them (though that isn't to say that you should, your maps are so great anyway!).

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

vorropohaiah
03-12-2013, 03:47 PM
i think its my general lack of aptitude with Gimp. though i have a lot of respect and appreciation for free software (especially inkscape and gimp which are more than capable programmes) i could never get used to the controls. Don't want to clog up this threat; i might take my questions to the tutorial thread.

thanks :)

nrsearcy
03-13-2013, 01:28 PM
This map is quite beautiful. I absolutely love it.

aquarits
03-13-2013, 02:11 PM
The global rotation is really cool. Can u share the passes and configuration used in Wilbur generator? For your rivers specially.

arsheesh
03-13-2013, 04:04 PM
This map is quite beautiful. I absolutely love it.

Thanks nrsearcy!


The global rotation is really cool. Can u share the passes and configuration used in Wilbur generator? For your rivers specially.

Thanks. Well it's been a while and I never wrote down the exact Wilbur configuration, but it is pretty close to what I mentioned in my Eriond Tutorial. As for the global map, I also wrote up a little tut on how to turn a map on a plain into a globe using GIMP, but that is quite separate from Wilbur; you can map any plain to a globe, including a height map previously run through Wilbur.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

- Max -
03-17-2013, 10:32 PM
Very nice indeed :)

Aredhel
03-19-2013, 07:19 AM
Great map and nice colors :)

Danilo Candido
08-11-2013, 06:47 PM
Nice Work!