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nlowell
11-16-2011, 10:38 AM
My fantasy series started as a challenge in 2009. One of my colleagues challenged me to "win" NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in two weeks. That means "write at least 50,000 words in 14 days. Since I accepted that challenge, a fan challenged me to write fantasy (I usually write science fiction) and another challenged me to write this all with a female main characters.

Oye.

I threw together some working maps for the first book but discovered I needed a better picture when a sea voyage that lasts 21 days in the story spans a distance of about 50 miles on my rough maps. Boats are slow but I can swim faster than that. So ...

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The base is done according to the Atlas Map Style tutorial. It took me four tries but I finally came up with a map I like. I haven't added any of the labels yet, but this is getting close to what I want.

furiousuk
11-16-2011, 02:44 PM
Nice map, if I may be so bold as you propose a minor critique, the land stroke is quite prominent, maybe lowering the opacity might work? Of course, that's a preferential thing really.

NaNoWriMo is hard enough in 4 weeks, let alone 2! You're crazy (but the good kind)!

Good work with the map!

ChicagoMay
11-16-2011, 03:04 PM
NaNoWriMo rules :P I like your map too. It looks like a monster to me hahaha. the bottom parts are the legs and the top is its head trying to eat an egg shaped thing. I'm weird, I know :P

I think what furiousik is referring to (correct my if I am wrong!) is maybe the borders around your countries. The reddish brown border for the largest section, the color is too more like land and it seems weird a bit. Otherwise, I really like it. I'd love to hear about your NaNo and maybe read it ;)

Drakecoinus
11-16-2011, 07:06 PM
wow this is a great map :)

nlowell
11-17-2011, 11:15 PM
So, after a couple of days practice and some modifications to the basic Atlas technique...

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The only serious change was the use of plasma clouds instead of noise clouds for the base.

It's still a bit cartoony, but it'll serve as a foundation for the books for now.

I need to make an "antique-y" looking one next :D

TregMallin
11-17-2011, 11:34 PM
The only serious change was the use of plasma clouds instead of noise clouds for the base.



Interesting idea. I never tried using the plasma clouds. Was it for the land and the sea both? Or just one or the other?

nlowell
11-17-2011, 11:42 PM
Interesting idea. I never tried using the plasma clouds. Was it for the land and the sea both? Or just one or the other?

It serves as the basis for land and sea.

render > clouds > plasma (random, turbulence 5ish)
desaturate
normalize

Then just picked up the Atlas technique from there. It gave ma a lot more ragged looking coastline.

I used the difference clouds for the mountains and hills.

nlowell
11-18-2011, 02:56 PM
I wasn't happy with the continents on the last one.

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I've posted this version on my readers' blog and suggested that the fans should suggest names for oceans and continents.