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Saule
01-02-2012, 10:19 AM
I've recently bought a book with historical maps and I wanted to try to make a map inspired by a 16th century map of the Indian Ocean by Mercator.
It's a small map, since it's just an exercise. I've got the ocean & the rivers. Next up are the mountains, then the towns, the placenames and the raster lines.

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Sapiento
01-02-2012, 12:15 PM
Good start!

Sular
01-02-2012, 12:47 PM
I'll second Sapiento in saying that this is off to a good start. The coastline shape is interesting, the rivers have a nice taper to them, and the little squiggly "woodcutish" border to the land is nice. By the way, how are you doing that squiggly thing? With a pattern?

Saule
01-02-2012, 01:28 PM
I made a pattern myself by making straight horizontal lines and using the Filter-Distort-Wave in photoshop. I then added a layer of the pattern and a mask which hides everything but the coastline.

I've just drawn the mountain shapes. I'm going to use these as brushes to form the mountain chains. The map I'm basing this on has mountains like this with the colour simply painted over the mountain range.

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Saule
01-03-2012, 09:40 AM
I've put the mountains in. I noticed that the colouring in the original was done with a single brush stroke, so I coloured the mountains in the same way.
Not really sure about the towns yet... What do you think? (Obviously they're not in the right place yet ;) )

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Freodin
01-03-2012, 11:38 AM
I prefer the towns from the northern side of the river. Wider shapes give a better impression of a town than the single tower shapes. The colouring seems to be a little strong. Also you should try to keep the size consistent.

I just love that style. Can't wait to see it finished.

Sapiento
01-04-2012, 05:10 AM
I think the upper icons look better. Maybe some crosshatching on the shady side.

afters
01-04-2012, 11:44 AM
What is the scale of this map? This is similar to the style I've been working on for mine, and I've been thinking for a while that smaller icons might look better. If the scale is similar, I may make some smaller brushes and get to work.

Saule
01-04-2012, 03:16 PM
I haven't really thought about scale much... Basically just kept the same ratios as in the original I'm trying to imitate. (Some of the towns are actually larger than the mountains ;) ). It's a map including India, Arabia and east Africa, so it's actually pretty big ;)

Saule
01-05-2012, 04:14 PM
I've created more towns, mostly in the style of the ones above the river ;), put them in and made the red a little less bright. I also put in little red circles as they were in the map I'm using as inspiration. I've also started on the place names.

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Saule
01-09-2012, 09:15 AM
Made the compass and the grid. Any thoughts on the font for te place names?
Critique is always welcome :)

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arakish
01-09-2012, 09:27 AM
To be wholy honest, I do not see anything wrong with the font you already used. One tip: Try not to rotate the place names more than 45 degrees off horizontal.

Otherwise, nice map.

rmfr

arakish
01-09-2012, 09:28 AM
To be wholy honest, I do not see anything wrong with the font you already used. One tip: Try not to rotate the place names more than 45 degrees off horizontal.

Otherwise, nice map.

rmfr

Sapiento
01-09-2012, 11:29 AM
This becomes better and better.

Saule
01-12-2012, 10:09 AM
I've added the rest of the place names, a map name and a border. Not quite sure if I like the border though... Any thoughts, keep it, change it or lose it?

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Lukc
01-12-2012, 10:30 AM
My 2 cents is the border isn't at the same level as the rest of the map. I'd drop it for now. Maybe make some of the coastal town names slightly curved?

Freodin
01-12-2012, 10:54 AM
The border is no grand work of art, but it serves quite well to define the map. I would also leave the town names as they are - angled but straight fits the intended style better than curved.

One thing that you might want to change though is keeping the rhumb lines (the compass lines) on the sea only. Either these lines were used for navigational purposes, or they were simply used as decorative elements indicating "here is sea".

Lukc
01-12-2012, 03:08 PM
I agree ... but if the purpose of the border is merely to define the map, then a simple black border might be better for now.

ScotlandTom
01-12-2012, 04:00 PM
I think the reason the border seems out of place is because it gives the impression that the map is supposed to be on some sort of parchment; yet the texture doesn't affect the rest of the image. I would suggest either a simple black border as Lukc mentioned or incorporating the parchment/paper texture into the rest of the image so the two don't clash so strongly.

Save for the border I'm really enjoying this map. Nice and clean, easily readable and very effective color choices.

Saule
01-19-2012, 01:20 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I've deleted the rhumb lines from the land, and changed the border to something more suited to this style. I'm wondering if I should do more or just leave it as it is. I might experiment a little with the colourscheme, but I think that'll be it.

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ScotlandTom
01-19-2012, 03:45 PM
Looks excellent! The border is far more appropriate and matches the style nicely. I'm not sure how much you even need to play around with the color, looks pretty darn nice as it is.

Freodin
01-19-2012, 05:10 PM
Perhaps you should add a little background variation, some kind of "old paper / parchment" ... only very slightly. Else I would call that close to perfect!

Lukc
01-24-2012, 02:20 AM
Lovely, and I think the border does justice to the map :)

Sapiento
01-24-2012, 04:24 AM
Fine map, looks like an original.