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01-16-2012, 01:55 PM
I bought myself a Wacom tablet and thought I'd try my hand on some hand drawn mapping.

I'm aiming for something which may have been drawn by a pirate captain.

But right now I'm a bit stumped as to how to draw cliffsides. I'm thinking a landscape something like this: http://www.destination360.com/europe/ireland/images/s/ireland-cliffs-of-moher.jpg


01-16-2012, 02:06 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of tablets! once you've gone tablet you can never go back ;)

I know some of Ascension's maps show some great canyons, you could prolly adapt that by showing just one side.. - Butcher, Baker and That Other guy comes to mind..

01-16-2012, 02:14 PM
Well as you have already gone for hand-drawn mountains, you could try something along these lines:

02-21-2012, 06:10 PM
Slow going. I don't have much time.
Here is some progress. Because it's so long between my sessions, I think I each mountain range differently.
The trees are an imitation of Ramah's trees, but I think I'll have to go for something more alike the mountains, with hard lines and shading.
But I'm really happy with the cliffs.

I'm a little tempted to color the mountains...


02-21-2012, 06:22 PM
I did a cliffside on a commission some time back linked here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?15008-Outreach-A-cliffside-Adobe-city) that might give you some ideas. You would want to change the base to water if you want it to match the image you posted.

02-21-2012, 10:50 PM
Those are, indeed, very nice cliffs! However, something about the large island with mountains seems a little weird -- there's not really a transition between the mountains and sea level. Are you planning any sort of cliff there or some lower hills to ease into the sea level?