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Hai-Etlik
10-19-2011, 05:44 AM
A little project for fun and to expand on some ideas from previous maps.

So far I'm working on the ink layers in Inkscape. I'm going to augment it with some watercolourish colour for contrast later. Otherwise, I don't really know where I'm going with this.

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Lukc
10-19-2011, 06:44 AM
This island was discovered by the great explorer of the khazi peoples named Argumbred od Shokta in the year 87 of the Hollow King Mashtbron dun Yabaktey and he named it UR N'ASHTER after the Hollow King's great daughter, the merciless Blood Princess Ashteru din ya M'ashtbrey.

:P I couldn't resist, sorry. I like the mountain hatching, but think the hills are maybe a bit too narrow and too obviously divide various river basins.

Hai-Etlik
10-19-2011, 04:09 PM
Heh, thanks. I kind of like the spindly, artificial look of the hills. I want to give it something of the flavour of a map drawn by a pre-modern cartographer, without he aid of air photos and surveying.

Anyway, here's an update with some more hills plus lakes, cities, and roads.

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Big Rob
10-20-2011, 08:30 PM
Thinking of old maps of the "New World", if you draw it wrong, it will look pre-modern ! :)

Hai-Etlik
10-21-2011, 04:49 AM
Colour, texture, and placement of labels. As yet the names are placeholders, I'll make up a language generator to fill them in later.

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Gan
10-21-2011, 04:54 AM
Your colours are simply brilliant. I like it; it would be nice to see a bigger one.

Steel General
10-21-2011, 07:28 AM
Looking good so far.

Hai-Etlik
10-22-2011, 05:27 AM
Thanks, I'll probably do a higher res render in future.

For now, I'm working on a name generator. This is what I have it spitting out so far:

Inland Town

Pȯsīrfang, Bfakī Dvedas, Defātēmvīv, Kingbānggav, Gisashēs, Bhusȯmfang, Behate, Gēdȯz, Dsosi, Tādi, Bāmtumthef, Dsȯpe, Bhadha, Dselhingfang, Da Bfakī, Tāze, Kubānfang, Tākosi, Dinggepa, Damzhe, Kungdho, Dunsingfang, Bnāf, Tnavā, Dīng, Pzhas, Dsuhide, Teshengsif, Pvivi Bfakī, Kuvāngfa Bfakī, Pathofang, Pthusufang, Kȯlgemtesē, Tāfa, Tsefedhē, Pepa, Tnezāshesos, Dhāgam, Gvānfozu, Tsubakin, Gvatir, Dzhedhefang, Dthāntȯl, Gminka, Tirtes, Gēsīv, Dfesēful, Temsembifi, Dozh Bfakī, Gepese

River Town

Gzangdhēmbēl, Pathope, Gortharpe, Tāth, Gasha, Debȯfang, Pzhīdhepe, Tirhi, Gdhuzhav, Delbuzāzh, Dvāmpe, Kdhuldēpe, Bhīvefang, Dēmdēr̄fang, Dohim Bfakī, Bmukir̄zāzh, Pzezhisesā Bfakī, Tfȯmvāfang, Tēfazerfe, Pshupe, Pēf, Tmēs, Pasizāzh, Pēshē Bfakī, Gis, Dezer Bfakī, Kzuzhāfang, Pȯhal Bfakī, Bevāzhav, T****ārfang, Pafēm, Tīhēzāzh, Kvēpānpe, Getis, Komzhav, Talgezāzh, Girzāzh, Tvālgēz, Dsaburte Bfakī, Pfibizhav, Gahizhav, Phildē, Tmish, Bsengpāldhur, Dsafape, Tvēr̄vēmgez Bfakī, Tithemsing, Kfus, Tīltēngsis, Ksibȯpe

Coast Town

Dhȯr̄ Bzhēpohu, Dshāvathȯ, Tēvengsār, Tetī Bfakī, Gofinfapev, Kvegēlfang, Dhȯr̄ Bānzhinvāl, Ghasozh, Damgīsozh, Dsahufang, Dselzelvīrsesh, Bmedȯdhe, Bāfosȯn, Pizhethos, Tāsusozh, Dhȯr̄ Gvemdhā, Dēshidī, Dzēfasozh, Dvīzē, Dnodhe, Dhȯr̄ Psahazh, Dhȯr̄ Desh, Phizēpā, Bibā, Bungzhofang, Dvideshase Bfakī, Dvis Bfakī, Pīfal, Dīdudhath Dhȯr̄, Kesivīfe, Talbos, Dhȯr̄ Dfopilta, Dihāz Dhȯr̄, Dhȯr̄ Pfombāhāz, Dapom, Gofang, Kvīsi Dhȯr̄, Bfakī Dambērgē, Tisēn, Gage, Bothusozh, Dthefirfang, Dher, Kazēve, Gdha, Phēmsefe Dhȯr̄, Gafēs, Dhȯr̄ Pvābābipo, Gshensesozh, Bhēlgīng

Delta Town

Tsīdhīthun, Pfashirsozh, Patathun, Gofeth, Tursozh, Dnohi, Tsothun, Pfisalthun, Pēdhothun, Boduv, Botȯv, Pemdhasozh, Kides, Dmenforsi, Tanfopāsev, Gomkezhav, Dhamthun, Bēfethun, Bshīthēthun, Dēthazh, Bfakī Dvēldatēng, Tovolthun, Tushīthun, Bsivathun, Gdhasa Dhȯr̄, Pvingarthun, Gfodh, Basothun, Gmȯsarfang, Gfefā, Tedhethun, Pvār, Dthothun, Tishasozh, Tīlbethun, Bdhensozh, Tonsozh, Tdhāzerthun, Dupesas, Pētongzhav, Tfizh Dhȯr̄, Dusizhav, Thas Bfakī, Pemdovangsang, Delfīmthun, Dārtīpesif Dhȯr̄, Puvefang, Tvazedhēvus, Tȯpanthun, Pikēthun

Lake Town

Ghāngbīshe Pamden, Galgo, Bsemtuv Pamden, Dshā, Pvēnghīvapa Pamden, Pamden Tengsef, Dȯfandhe, Dferbengfang, Tshītal Bfakī, Takā, Kuldhe Pamden, Pamden Dambusoth, Kvīmfang, Pamden Gdhalpise, Dube, Gvȯvīn Pamden, Tenzilsāse, Pdhātȯs Pamden, Dnȯzham, Pēvihibez, Patafang, Bnate, Bupifang, Pamden Pdhoti, Bafe, Tvutēshadi Pamden, Dada, Bȯ, Gzhepīpabov, Tahudā, Gzhumzi, Gukobe, Bufoses, Debath, Kersākim Bfakī, Kīngvervī, Tuthadi, Dnafuzha, Bemdozh Pamden, Dsīkangfang, Bmenshedif, Pzafazusof Bfakī, Bāpē, Bfakī Bosefesar, Dhāshukȯvēf, Tdhāthēfang, Kivobisā, Bthirgē, Tazh, Bāson Pamden

tilt
10-22-2011, 05:36 AM
looks great and very nice colors you've chosen - the west seems a little empty, but you might have plans for a legends or something there later on :) ...lot of names to put in *lol*

Hai-Etlik
10-22-2011, 06:10 AM
looks great and very nice colors you've chosen - the west seems a little empty, but you might have plans for a legends or something there later on :) ...lot of names to put in *lol*

Yes, the sea to the west is going to have some stuff dropped in. The names are going to be inserted automatically. That's why the placeholders in the map say whether they are on the coast, a river, inland, or on a lake, so the generator can give them the appropriate name. I'm far too lazy to paste them all manually.

Hai-Etlik
10-22-2011, 07:00 AM
The name generator has done its magic and I've exported at a higher resolution.

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There are a few little glitches, some of the diacritics seems to be drifting when I apply letter spacing.

The island is now named. In particular it is Bākȯ, pronounced "Bah-koi", with the 'ah' stretched out a bit.

Hai-Etlik
10-22-2011, 07:30 AM
A bit of manual tweaking of the typography, and scaled up the city names.

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cereth
10-23-2011, 12:47 AM
I really like the subdued color palette. Very nice all around.

Hai-Etlik
10-23-2011, 07:59 AM
I really like the subdued color palette. Very nice all around.

Thanks. By my standards, it's is actually quite bright and saturated. I keep wanting to tone it down a bit.

Also, I've put the name generator to more use, and changed the transcription a bit. Bākȯ is now Bākoi, though it's still pronounced the same way.

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Lukc
10-23-2011, 08:15 AM
I think the palette looks great. How are you inserting the place names automatically?

Hai-Etlik
10-23-2011, 03:39 PM
I think the palette looks great. How are you inserting the place names automatically?

It's a bit crude, but it's just a plain old search and replace on the file. The actual code looks like this:


Generators={"Inland Town"=>Town, "River Town"=>RiverTown, "Coast Town"=>CoastTown, "Delta Town"=>DeltaTown, "Lake Town"=>LakeTown, "Mountains"=> Mountains, "Island"=> Island}

$stdin.each do |line|
Generators.each_pair do |key, gen|
line.gsub! key, gen.to_s.title_caps
end
puts line
end

Hai-Etlik
10-24-2011, 10:16 PM
Yet more names, and a rose.

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Hai-Etlik
10-25-2011, 05:40 AM
A scale bar and graticule, some tweaks to the ink effect, some width variation and taper on the rivers and outset effects for the coastlines.

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Hai-Etlik
10-25-2011, 05:29 PM
A border, labels for the graticule, and some adjustments to the colours. I've also added a "sketch" effect to the forests to help give them some definition though I'm not entirely sure if I like it yet.

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Hai-Etlik
10-25-2011, 11:44 PM
OK, moved the colours back up a bit, dropped my dragon logo into the middle of the rose, switched the scale bar to vertical to make better use of the space, and added a second to the far side of the map, and adjusted the text a little.

I think I'll call it done.

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