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11-04-2011, 09:57 AM
I get the sneaking suspicion I'm going to need A LOT of motivation on this one! If I even finish it ... I'm trying out something new - line hatching with north-western illumination for relief. A classic cartographic approach, but nothing I've done quite so extensively before. The tools so far: 2 px wide hard pencil tool in layers.


and a close up without the guide layers:


Steel General
11-04-2011, 12:18 PM
Looks like a fine start...

11-04-2011, 12:49 PM
Looks nice and really time consuming. Good luck with it! ;)
I did something in the same spirit (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11467-Kaladruns-mountains-map-for-PCs) and it took me ... ages to finish it up. Exhausting :(
I'll then be your cheerleader N 1 :D

It's gonna be a marathon :P

11-04-2011, 12:50 PM
Yeek! Good luck! It looks great so far though!

11-04-2011, 01:34 PM
Awesome undertaking...look forward to seeing this come along. It'll look really great when you are done.

11-05-2011, 01:02 AM
I agree with my esteemed colleagues.

11-05-2011, 03:15 AM
Looks nice and really time consuming. Good luck with it! ;)
I did something in the same spirit (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11467-Kaladruns-mountains-map-for-PCs) and it took me ... ages to finish it up. Exhausting :(
I'll then be your cheerleader N 1 :D

It's gonna be a marathon :P

Hehe, since you're from Switzerland, I can understand why you devote so much time to mountains as well ... they just tend to stick from the ground so obviously! :)

Thanks for the cheerleading ;)

11-05-2011, 11:56 AM

And here we go, the mountain's growing slowly and I've added a darker base layer because the white glare was starting to hurt my eyes! :D

11-05-2011, 12:23 PM
Just hope the technique has no copyrights because I must give it a try!
Love it, can't wait to see the next wip pic ;)

11-05-2011, 02:34 PM
I think the technique involves mostly perseverance and thumb cramps! :D

11-05-2011, 02:43 PM

While I was taking a break and sipping a Devil beer (and not listening to Dimmu Borgir (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9cqKafnUrk)) I stumblec across the RRM mountains tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4870-RRM-Relatively-Realistic-Mountains-using-Photoshop) and gave it a shot. And this happened.

Bit of a break from hand-drawing turned into, umm..., about 3 hours of playing around ;)

11-05-2011, 02:44 PM
Wow, looks like an awful lot of self punishment to me; are you attempting to do penance or something Lukc? Seriously though, this is an impressive undertaking.


11-05-2011, 02:48 PM
Yeah, I'm preparing for merry December, so I'm making penance for all the alcohol I'm going to drink then!

11-05-2011, 05:29 PM
That classic line-hatching is looking amazing so far. very impressive.

11-06-2011, 05:23 PM
This project is pure insanity and I love it.

11-06-2011, 05:45 PM
Hehe, thanks ... I think :D

11-07-2011, 12:04 AM
Wow... And here I thought I had a tendency of making things tedious for myself!

Looking very cool though! Very interested to see how it evolves....

... or devolves, perhaps, depending on how much say the alcohol has in the matter.. :-p

11-07-2011, 03:53 AM
Not likely to devolve much, since I generally stop drawing when my fine motor control gets shot :D

11-07-2011, 11:35 AM
I've realized there is *no* way I'm going to have the mountain ready in time for our gaming session on Wednesday, so after work I set to tinkering with a different, quick and sketchy concept ...


then I decided to add some texture to it, just a wee bit. And then, an hour or so later, I ended up with this ...


... which pretty much killed anything I could do with the sketchy work. :S I feel silly.

11-07-2011, 12:18 PM
The 2 of them are very different in style and I'm not sure I'd prefer the colour one (for now).
Depending of your personal use of the map, the time you have to do it and how much the "printer friendly" aspect is important we can easily prefer the first or second version.
Schley has made awesome maps with the first style. Check it out:
Thread: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?5919-Sarifal-by-Schley&highlight=forgotten+realms

11-07-2011, 12:56 PM
Oh, I completely agree, the comparison isn't perfect - but the purpose: to have a map on which to plot the players' siege of a red dragon's lair, will do just fine. Also, for printing, my own handy-dandy laser printer will do. It's not going to be a battlemap, and besides it's only a tiny region of the world ... probably on the order of 1000 by 2000 metres or so.