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bradlavario
11-15-2011, 11:38 PM
I am Brad, I am from Charleston, SC.

A friend got me to join up, he wants me to help him with some maps, so that makes me a n00b. At this point I am just trying to wrap my head around how you guys do this stuff, so far, I got no idea!

So Howdy!

b.

jbgibson
11-16-2011, 02:02 AM
Yo, Brad - welcome. Basically, we take a computer and throw imagination at it until a map appears. Or a piece of paper.

Rummage through the tutorial section til you see a style you like (and a graphics app you have or can afford) and try it out. You may be amazed at what a judicious application of borrowed experience and your own native ideas can do to a blank screen. Again - or piece of paper.

In either case, if you'll be so bold as to do some of your experimentation in public, in a work-in-progress thread, we'll offer tips & advice. That'll be an accelerator for the learning that you simply cannot escape, when using Cartographers' Guild Tutorials, the best thing since the Mercator Projection. Oh... Ahem. Sorry - got carried away there. But really - the tuts do help. What graphics software (or type of pencil) do you have access to or preexisting experience with? And what kind of map do you and this friend want?

Steel General
11-16-2011, 08:11 AM
Welcome Aboard!

paulbhartzog
11-16-2011, 01:57 PM
Brad is being modest. In two days he's made some really kewl maps, and I'm sure we'll see more WIPs and maybe even some finals. At least I sure hope so.

He's really challenging me to work up my own skillz (since I have none ;-)

ChicagoMay
11-16-2011, 11:17 PM
Welcome to the Guild! I just joined recently too and so far I love it here. The tutorials are very helpful, so like mentioned, start there :) Can't wait to see what you come up with!