View Full Version : Help detailing mountain ranges for a map

01-08-2012, 05:55 PM
Here is the map in question:


I just need help finding the best places for mountains, and help designing the mountain symbols. Shouldn't be too hard, and the artist will be recognized for his/her help in the final product, if he/she chooses. Just fit the style of the map however you see fit.

Thanks in advance.

01-08-2012, 06:25 PM
Hi, as for the symbols, there are many in the mapping element thread (link (http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?49-Mapping-Elements)). I'm sure there are plenty of wonderful mountain symbols to be found there. As for positioning the mountains, maybe this tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?2238-Award-Winner-Using-tectonic-plates-to-draw-a-world-map&highlight=tectonics) can help you out (a bit technical but it explains the basics of how mountains are formed I think). cheers!

01-08-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the assistance. What's your opinion on how I'm currently doing it? (link (http://abstractality.deviantart.com/art/Luros-Mountain-test-278437155))

Oh, and on a side note you tutorials on fantasy-maps.com are awesome.

01-09-2012, 03:09 PM
thanks and I must say the map is coming together nicely. I would personally make the mountains a little bigger or use a mountain brush that has less detail and heavier lines (as the coastline and other items are a bit 'heavy' compared to the mountains). But I guess it depends on the final size you want to display the map in. If you want a large detailled map I would make the coastline/borders less heavy lines and maybe apply a more detailled parchment texture .... anyway, just my thoughts... cheers, DJ

01-09-2012, 04:18 PM
I agree, the coastline is a bit heavy compared to the rivers and mountains. The font might be a bit hard to read, but if you're going for an olde and mediaeval feel to it, it's fine.