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03-12-2008, 05:09 PM
All right, this is my first official post. Go gently! :D

A little background on this: while I have some hand drawn maps (Somewhere! I know they're somewhere!), this is actually my second (ever) digital map. It is a remake of a remake, and I did not create the original, so the geographic anomalies must be ... magic! (Yes, that really is a frozen waste across the bay from the desert in the north. What can I say?)

The map (actually a wallpaper version of the main part of the continent) is for the FFRP Lyran Tal setting, of which I have been a part for several years.

Oh! Strictly Photoshop! :)

03-12-2008, 05:11 PM
(I think you forgot something, Cypher.... ;) )

03-12-2008, 05:17 PM
That was odd. Just odd... But hey! From "Obvious Spaz," there's nowhere to go but up! Right? LOL

03-12-2008, 08:50 PM
Wow, that looks really good!

Whats hidden under the fold there though??? I'm sure theres got to be a secret island there!

Anyway, whats the deal with the city in the middle of the ocean? Sunken city, or floating city?

03-13-2008, 03:06 PM
Here Be Dragons ... under the fold! ...

Very nice map, love those mountians... let's see some more.. maybe what's under the fold? heh

03-13-2008, 03:16 PM
Very beautiful map...those mountains are indeed amazing.

I especially love "The Frigin Sea". I can just imagine a conversation involving that..Question- "Where's that island at?" Answer- "It's in the Frigin Sea." Response- "Yeah, but which frigin' sea?" I apologize for my bizarre sense of humor. :)

The only constructive criticism I can offer is that the map looks off centered, almost like there's too much open ocean. Overall though it is an awesome map!

03-13-2008, 03:29 PM
lol cereth .. I just noticed that... Frigin sea.. that's hilarous ... we do stuff like that in our games all the time...

and that sense of humor isn't bizarre at all.. at least... wait... uh oh... so we are the ones that are bizarre?? all this time I thought it was everyone else....

03-13-2008, 06:52 PM
This is very nice! Good job.

A couple ideas, both hinging on the reality of this being a map created and printed and laying on a table: 1) give the map a border. If hand-drawn, a cartographer would not run all the way to the edge as you have (or, at least have it obviously torn or cut, or something.) (and ditto for all that sea: why would a cartographer bother to put all that there?)

Also,2) blur the map slightly: right now it is a bit too crisp and pixelated.

3) the colors and countours appear to be sitting on top ofthe texture of the paper; this spoils a bit of the fun illusion that this is an authentic map.

Overall, great job! Glad you posted this, and keep 'em comin'!

03-14-2008, 11:27 AM
The map looks off-centered because it's only half of the map ::lol:: Awkward, yes, but it was in answer to the need to supply a wallpaper version of just that portion of the continent. The "city in the middle of the sea" is actually the underwater capitol of the Merfolk.

I thought the "Frigin Sea" was pretty funny, too. Wish I could claim that it was my idea, but it was part of the original map.

Pryrandon, I like the idea of adding a border and making the map look more realistic. I can only help the problem of Too Much Ocean by putting up the entire map of the continent. ;)

Browsing through the forums, I've picked up some ideas and tips I'd like to try to implement. So much fun stuff here to learn!

So. Until I have time to do that (busy, busy week, here!), here is the current version. The eastern half of the continent -- referred to by those who live in the western half as "The Badlands" -- is largely 'wild' and unexplored, and thus there are no cities and very few landmarks.

03-14-2008, 06:21 PM
I really dig some of the textures present in this map. It's very original and very professional looking.

In some spots I kind of lose the shoreline though and it almost seems to blend into the ocean in spots. This mostly seems to happen in the southeast portions of the map...maybe there could be a little more definition in these areas of the shoreline. Really about the only suggestion though....looks great overall. :)

07-10-2010, 05:42 PM
It's been a long time since I worked on this map, but I've spent it learning from some very excellent tutorials here on the Cartographer's Guild and from comments made here. I've relied most heavily on Tear's "Saderan - a tutorial" (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8086-Award-Winner-Saderan-%96-a-tutorial) (Thanks, Tear!). Since our last look, there have been some magical catastrophes as well, which have changed the lay of the lands a little bit and helped to integrate some of those persistent (magical!) anomalies.

This map is copyrighted to Lyran Tal Press.com!

07-10-2010, 07:00 PM
Beautiful map, StillC. But the standout for me are the names you've chosen. Further Still and String of Salt being my faves.

07-10-2010, 07:26 PM
Fantastic work, so painterly but the labels fit so well. I have to learn how to do this.

07-10-2010, 10:17 PM
That just went straight into my 'Inspirational Maps' folder. Damn, that's fine work. I especially like those mountain 'steps' in Balthazor.

07-10-2010, 11:58 PM
That just went straight into my 'Inspirational Maps' folder. Damn, that's fine work. I especially like those mountain 'steps' in Balthazor.

Those are rice terraces! The effect was requested some time ago, but I couldn't think how to do it until I was working with the elevation layer in Tear's tute -- then it hit me like a ton of DUH. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

07-11-2010, 01:27 AM
Wow, this looks fantastic StillCypher! I really love the mountains and the painted looking forests. Great job.


07-11-2010, 02:35 AM
Hah, the Frigin Sea.

I don't post very often at all, but I really like this map!

07-11-2010, 06:53 PM
I thought the original was good but this is a great improvement over that. I mostly love the textures you have for the various places. I like the mountains a lot and the labels are easy on the eyes as well. It leaves me with hope for myself that I can improve upon my early works as I learn more just as you have.

Great job!

08-26-2010, 06:48 AM
Very nicely done... I really like the curled map look as well, tre' stylish!

08-30-2010, 11:16 PM
I love "The Friggin Sea", and "Further Still" Great names! I love the map!