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12-14-2011, 11:58 AM
I'm new to these forums, so I don't know if this is the proper place or manner to post this, but thought I'd share and see if anyone around here has feedback.

I'm somewhat of a less-than traditional "artist" in that I'm unable to draw a decent circle at gunpoint, but I have managed to surprise even myself in terms of the maps I create using Adobe Fireworks CS5 and clip art from ProFantasy Campaign Cartographer 3.

A sample of my work is visible in my album HERE (http://www.cartographersguild.com/album.php?albumid=3397&attachmentid=40624).

As a result of my experiences, a while back I decided to start writing tutorials on how to create simplistic underground maps for anyone who isn't a top level artist, doing nothing more than manipulating clip art, drawing some rectangles and adding effects readily available in Fireworks.

The two turorials I have written up, titled "Mapmaking for the Non-Artist", are available HERE (http://rpg.brainclouds.net/category/tutorials/) on my blog.

Part One (http://rpg.brainclouds.net/2011/10/03/mapmaking-for-the-non-artist-part-1/) is the introduction and describes general set up, choice of resolution, organizing the layers, etc...

Part Two (http://rpg.brainclouds.net/2011/10/17/mapmaking-for-the-non-artist-part-2/) actually starts drawing stuff.

One of these days, I'll get around to writing Part Three... which will include adding furniture, monsters and doing some other effects like adding stairs and lighting.

12-14-2011, 12:16 PM
Tutorials are always particularly welcomed at the Guild. Thanks for posting and have some rep!

12-14-2011, 02:17 PM
looks like some nice tutorials, it would be cool if you'd put them in a pdf when you're done and upload them to our tutorial section as well :)