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shasjas
12-23-2011, 08:31 PM
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Any comments and criticisms greatly appreciated


This is my first map. It is a fantasy land that I hopefully will eventually get round to writing a story in.
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Still a work in progress and any advice would be appreciated.

I am now working on the mountain range.
i have the mountain ridges drawn on as a guideline like so:
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But I need advice on how best to represent them for the finished piece.
I want the sort of precision that i have now but it doesnt look right for a fantasy old style map where they wouldnt be able to look down from over the top, and the mountains dont look particularly imposing like that.
Thanks.

jbgibson
12-24-2011, 01:51 PM
Nice, so far.

Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?

shasjas
12-24-2011, 04:01 PM
Nice, so far.

Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?5009-Making-mountains-in-Gimp-using-an-overlay-layer&highlight=ridgelines

I found this, and it seems to be what I'm after perhaps...

shasjas
12-25-2011, 06:47 AM
Nice, so far.

Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?

Nothing much came up when I did that, but i have a reasonable idea of what i want to do now. Something halfway between icons and realistic top down mountains.

RobA
12-25-2011, 02:24 PM
@shasjas - really like the colour choices!

-Rob A>

shasjas
12-26-2011, 05:44 PM
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This is how i decided to do the mountains. Thoughts?

Alex
12-26-2011, 06:29 PM
I like the new mountains and think it matches, but then again I am a novice. lol

I love the colors as well. So I'm going to rep you. :)

shasjas
12-31-2011, 07:47 PM
Thanks for the Rep, Alex.

I've put all the mountains and hills where i want them now, and touched them up a bit.
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Comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated.

barsoomcore
12-31-2011, 09:05 PM
Nice map! You'll probably get rid of them, but I really like the sketchy outlines -- gives a real rough sort of feel to it that I find very appealing.

Geography note: most of your lakes have no apparent drainage to the ocean. Not impossible, but most lakes drain via a river that leads out to the ocean.

shasjas
12-31-2011, 09:39 PM
Nice map! You'll probably get rid of them, but I really like the sketchy outlines -- gives a real rough sort of feel to it that I find very appealing.

Geography note: most of your lakes have no apparent drainage to the ocean. Not impossible, but most lakes drain via a river that leads out to the ocean.

Oh no i plan to keep to sketchy outlines. I'll add draining rivers to some of the lakes.

The Goblin's Lair
01-01-2012, 08:47 AM
The coastline has so many possibilities for little towns etc, and I like the sketchy outlines myself. I think the mountains look sharp. I am looking forward to following you on this.

shasjas
01-01-2012, 01:24 PM
Added draining rivers to some lakes, and redid the mountains as they weren't very good before. much happier with them now
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shasjas
01-03-2012, 04:23 PM
Added some names, a cartographer, a compass and some folds.
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Any comments and criticisms greatly appreciated