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RobA
01-31-2012, 03:04 PM
Map
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Created in: Photoshop

Review
A recent member to the Guild, Schwarzkreuz has come on strong with his first sharing...The Imperial Worldmap of Arden is an extremely large effort (figuratively and literally) weighing in at a full poster sized 90x120 cm. The elements are primarily hand drawn and scanned, then composited together or turned into brushes for use in Photoshop. As commented in the WIP, this map is staggering! It is so darn big, we've only provided a scaled version here, so check out the full thread for a better view! (And if we ask nice, we might be able to get a full size map an admin could host here...)


Hey guys,
...my first map ever in this digital style. I have done some textures on handdrawn stuff before, but never something in this scale... It was always a dream of mine to really bring all the maps of Arden together to form this map. I started playing RPGs more than 20 Years ago and this world was there from the first day and walked along my side for the most part of my life. In the progress I have learned a lot about patient, ok I admit it, also about frustration. I have always be a person who cant wait to finish up things, but this map sure needed its time. I am very grateful to all those excellent Map tutorials and inspirations.


Original threads
Click here to view the Finished Map thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?17128)
Click here to view the WIP thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16069)

Clercon
02-03-2012, 06:04 PM
Congratulations and well deserved! Your map is absolutely amazing.

Schwarzkreuz
02-03-2012, 07:44 PM
Oh, this is realy a great Honor. I didnt imagine my first steps here would bring me such an award. Its all thanks to this wonderful community that I could do this map. Long have this lands floating in my head but now they finally took form. My thank to all Cartographersguildmembers who makes this place what it is.

Utoadpia
02-04-2012, 12:00 AM
Very nice.

Lukc
02-04-2012, 11:11 AM
Congratulations Schwarzkreuz and very well done! :)

sharkycharger
02-04-2012, 03:30 PM
This is an amazingly well-crafted map. Congratulations!!! :)

arsheesh
02-04-2012, 06:00 PM
Wonderful! Congratulations.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

monks
02-04-2012, 09:25 PM
Beautiful! Reminds me of my Grandad's Times World Map he used to have on his living room wall. He was a 100 a day man so it turned sepia coloured over the years- no bad thing in my opinion.

monks

eddypo
02-05-2012, 12:01 AM
That is an amazing map. Great job.

Merkenau
02-05-2012, 08:17 AM
Beautiful map. But shouldn't it be called "Fürstentümer Xellen" rather than "Fürstantümer Xellen"?

Ramah
02-05-2012, 08:28 AM
It's a wonderful map. Well deserved on the choice. :)

Schwarzkreuz
02-05-2012, 08:59 AM
Beautiful map. But shouldn't it be called "Fürstentümer Xellen" rather than "Fürstantümer Xellen"?

Seems I have to do an "Absolute Edition" someday. There are also some Names missing, Riverissues, and Clonetree-Disease. But I decided to not just change them but to keep it as a document of work. Later this year if I got a decent job and time, I will rework it. I dont know if anyone would like such a thing but I have though about making an annoted Atlas with maps of all the Locations of the map/world with new regianal maps in the style of Joan Blaeu´s Atlas Maior. (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Blaeu)

Sharpe
02-06-2012, 08:38 PM
Fantastic map!

l8knight
02-07-2012, 12:34 PM
das ist Geil :)

Robulous
02-07-2012, 04:17 PM
That's astounding, well done!

wally-d-feed
02-07-2012, 04:21 PM
Well that is some awesome map

razcor
02-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Wonderful, a great example to follow!

Kraal55
02-08-2012, 06:33 AM
Great work :)

pipolaki
02-10-2012, 04:55 AM
Wouah !!!
There is nothing to add : great job.

TheCreator
02-10-2012, 02:50 PM
Completely amazing! You must have spent a lot of time on it!

Schwarzkreuz
02-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Hell yes, it was feeling like an eternanity

kidfrommars
02-11-2012, 12:43 PM
This is wonderful! Congratulations!

Brandon
02-12-2012, 02:46 PM
Really superb! I just signed up and I am starting from 0, always wanted to be able to create amazing maps for rpg games... I think I found the place to help me do it. Really amzing map!

LaPXL8R
02-12-2012, 06:01 PM
My, friend, I bow down to you.:D
I am a noob, and so I ask how much experience did you have to get to this point (cuz you're my role model:P)

Brandon
02-13-2012, 11:06 AM
I can't close my mouth... I am in awe.

linlin
02-15-2012, 01:54 PM
Beautifull map, it has a strong personality, amazing work !

Schwarzkreuz
02-15-2012, 02:43 PM
My, friend, I bow down to you.:D
I am a noob, and so I ask how much experience did you have to get to this point (cuz you're my role model:P)

I did had none experience, so I started this realy from scratch. As a inspiration I found Ascansions maps here on CG

scholar
02-17-2012, 01:25 AM
This is amazing, congratulations!!

Selca1803
02-18-2012, 01:48 PM
Nice done! It looks absolutely amazing!

Signwave
02-19-2012, 02:26 AM
Wow, truly inspirational. This is so impressive! I'm instantly a huge fan. Great job, and congratulations!

Yorick Sofer
02-25-2012, 11:41 PM
*Tears* Its just so beautiful!

Martynas Martin
02-26-2012, 02:19 PM
Very nicely done! The details are absolutely amazing! It would be more amazing if he would release English version of the map, but still is one of the best works in this forum! Keep on good work! ;)

aegean
02-28-2012, 11:28 AM
Epic map - a real work of love

Zorrier
03-01-2012, 07:13 PM
What a work...

Schwarzkreuz
03-01-2012, 07:18 PM
One day, i will Be Mad Enough to Redo this Map in full color.

Marijn van der Ploeg
03-02-2012, 09:39 AM
Bravo! Such wonderful detail, and feel...

Mosesofmind
03-03-2012, 01:31 AM
Wow, this is fantastic.

Lemon
03-03-2012, 09:11 PM
Awesome. I like the detail of this map with all those names of unknown (?, at least to me =) ) kingdoms, towns and other locations.

shanehowlett
03-04-2012, 02:59 PM
Truly impressive. I bet it took a lot of time to do this. I am simply not that patient lol. Kudos, and congratulations on an amazing finished product.

Autumnfyr
03-04-2012, 09:35 PM
I agree with the posts here, this map is amazing. Makes me want to run a campaign there.

equites
03-07-2012, 06:44 AM
Beautiful map thank you for your job

Jarhead
03-10-2012, 10:50 AM
This is an awesome map! You have inspired me to get busy!

galenty
03-10-2012, 11:48 AM
Wow...I can only hope my first map is half as well done. Excellent work!

Eliana
03-10-2012, 09:52 PM
Love it all Excellent map.....

Éli,

stiginz
03-13-2012, 02:32 AM
I just joined and saw this rookie attempt. Man, you set the bar way too high for all the rest of us rookies! That is truly a work of art.

siby
03-13-2012, 05:49 PM
First let me say, "WOW!" That is an amazing undertaking. I love the font type and the underlining of the names.

I'm a rookie and I haven't worked up enough courage to post my first map here. After seeing your work I don't know how I can post my work in your shadow. :)

joão paulo
03-15-2012, 11:36 AM
Nice color theme and contours.

Scipio
03-19-2012, 04:58 PM
Great job! The only thing I would say is that some of the rivers are kind of counter-intuitive with respect to where lakes form and where they filter into the sea. For example, in the northwest forest region.

Soen
03-29-2012, 12:18 AM
I love his map!

What did you use to give the sea and the land texture?

MatthewJMimnaugh
04-01-2012, 11:32 PM
Awesome stuff and only a few little thing here and there that could use some touch ups; you've totally inspired me to do a map in this style :)

NoelleGhoussaini
04-06-2012, 11:38 AM
this is beautiful!

raitoringo
04-07-2012, 12:53 PM
wonderful!! Very nice.

adrimarie
04-09-2012, 07:45 PM
Awesome map! It's huge, my computer almost just died trying to look at it. Great work and congrats :D

niittaaja
04-13-2012, 07:41 AM
looks awesome!

Planemaster
04-14-2012, 09:15 AM
Unbelievable map ! Congratulations !

Marpheen Chann
04-16-2012, 08:15 PM
This one is awesome!

Mordenkainen
04-24-2012, 06:51 AM
So beautiful. I envy yours skills !!

zakhia
04-28-2012, 11:33 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous!

lordbruthos
05-01-2012, 03:15 PM
Muito boa essa resolução desse mapa

lordbruthos
05-01-2012, 03:16 PM
adorei esse mapa

lordbruthos
05-01-2012, 03:19 PM
bom mapa esse

Achius
05-03-2012, 07:55 AM
Wonderful map, truly a great job.

Working on a similar sized map as well and this is pure inspiration.
Keep up the good work!

odin667
05-12-2012, 08:55 PM
are you raking commissions? I've published a novel (medieval: the book of loss, check it out on amazon.com) i have more coming i built the main pantheon of my world with CC2 and CC3 but not to the level your abilities. If possible i'd like to go over a proposal with you. Please let me know if you are interested. Dallaspaskell@aol.com

Thanks
Dallas

Schwarzkreuz
05-12-2012, 09:16 PM
are you raking commissions? I've published a novel (medieval: the book of loss, check it out on amazon.com) i have more coming i built the main pantheon of my world with CC2 and CC3 but not to the level your abilities. If possible i'd like to go over a proposal with you. Please let me know if you are interested. Dallaspaskell@aol.com

Thanks
Dallas

Send you an email

Tatutoy
05-13-2012, 09:15 AM
This is just amazing. If i had 1/10 of your photoshop knowledge i would be proud of myself.

Schwarzkreuz
05-13-2012, 12:16 PM
This is just amazing. If i had 1/10 of your photoshop knowledge i would be proud of myself.

This was my First Map here on CG, i learned a lot with the Tutorials. If you Need some Tips Show me a WIP and send a Note and i will try to help.

makoho
05-27-2012, 07:12 AM
Congratulations, your map is filled with lovely details and adventure-inspiring geography and landmarks, in addition to a detailed and vintage drawing style! I like the dark and medieval sounding names, too.

Matthew MacNish
06-01-2012, 01:59 PM
Wow. I'm not familiar with the world, but this map, and the art on it, are amazing.

Schwarzkreuz
06-01-2012, 05:05 PM
I am thinking about setting up a website about the world. And if ever possible doing an full RPG Sourcebook about it.

vorropohaiah
06-01-2012, 05:15 PM
I am thinking about setting up a website about the world. And if ever possible doing an full RPG Sourcebook about it.

That's my ultimate goal with my own world too. Its a challenge, but the various steps are rewarding (ive come to really enjoy interactions between nations and their fragmentation and change over time). If you want to share any ideas or want any feedback Id love to help.

Schwarzkreuz
06-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Yes its a rewarding thing to do and be able to look far into the world of your own, but a stony and harsh travel till the view is nice and all.

glowe
06-06-2012, 06:44 PM
Stunning and inspiring

HandsomeRob
06-06-2012, 07:08 PM
Looks nice but the rivers are completely broken. Rivers don't do what you show them doing.

pantaar
06-12-2012, 08:49 PM
Very impressive

TristanGregory
06-14-2012, 05:02 PM
This... this is exactly the kind of style and grandiosity that I aspire too. You, sir, are a master.

Schwarzkreuz
06-14-2012, 05:30 PM
There will be another Arden map soon.

Sings-With-Spirits
06-15-2012, 07:23 PM
I love it. Even the "smaller" version is nicely sized.

korric
07-03-2012, 09:18 PM
Love the style! it awsome to see what you can accomplish on the pc, while getting it to look like it was handdrawn :D reminds me of my early days in rpg's :D this is just much better :)

Obsidian
07-24-2012, 08:24 PM
This map is simply awe inspiring!

gothicus
07-31-2012, 06:10 PM
A awesome map. Can I use it as base for a story I intend to write??

GabryelFall
08-05-2012, 03:05 AM
Very classy my man. I approve whole heartedly!

doggie_dog
08-12-2012, 01:02 AM
My favorite map! The depth here is awesome!

Valtyr
08-20-2012, 08:34 PM
Awesome! Looks absolutely fantastic.

Eireannach
08-26-2012, 01:33 PM
Fabulous work, Schwarzkreuz. Ich mag deine avatar, es erinnert mich an Geographie und Atlanten.

Arthour
08-29-2012, 10:17 AM
What an amazing map! It looks so lovely!!

Ajincess
09-07-2012, 09:13 PM
Beautiful!! I am just getting started and this is a great inspiration to me. Thank you for posting it.

Schwarzkreuz
09-10-2012, 06:18 PM
Beautiful!! I am just getting started and this is a great inspiration to me. Thank you for posting it.

Thank you all.
If you liked the old Arden Map you Should look at the WIP Area of the regional Maps, i am actually remaking the Arden Map.

makaki
10-06-2012, 11:57 AM
This map is absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and utterly perfect.
May I ask you how you learned makeing maps of this old, kind of medieval style?

Bog97th
10-28-2012, 10:25 PM
Like I said. very cool! I'm thinking I need to work on mine some more. lol

Schwarzkreuz
10-31-2012, 12:54 PM
I will post a Link to the new Arden Maps if I finish them in teh Next time.

Auric
02-01-2013, 10:44 PM
Oh this is such a beautiful map! This map reminds me of the Elder Scrolls Morrowind map. I love the sepia colored maps. They remind me of old globes in wooden stands.

JOFY32
02-06-2013, 11:50 AM
THIS is so impossibly huge ! I don't think there are much more maps this detailed . You are an inspiration man .

Beehard
02-17-2013, 11:42 AM
amazing map..I wait for another work

Cain
03-05-2013, 08:24 PM
simply amazing :D

Gonzotron
03-12-2013, 03:16 PM
Great detail on this map.

Nazaire
03-22-2013, 11:52 PM
Impressive work. The detail is amazing.

Swixel
05-04-2013, 09:51 PM
Beautiful! I really love this fine detailed style, it has a very technical underpinning =)

Schwarzkreuz
05-05-2013, 04:31 AM
There will be a much more detailed Map soon

VonShreddy
08-31-2013, 11:01 PM
Wow did you ever leave your heart on the stage with this one! So ridiculously detailed! Can't wait to see the encore!

Schwarzkreuz
11-06-2013, 09:23 PM
Hopefully i will progress on the new map soon.

qwalker
11-07-2013, 03:45 AM
What a map! I am so impressed. Quenten