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wittyoctopus
02-20-2012, 07:05 PM
Hey to all. This is the first map that I have ever attempted to create using graphics software on the computer. It was drawn using Photoshop and Illustrator. To be honest, for my first attempt at cartography, I am quite pleased with how it turned out. The mountains and hills were all individually hand drawn using a Wacom tablet. The "staining" is a compilation of an underlay and overlay I put together. I really appreciated all of the tutorials that I found around here as they greatly aided my fledgling abilities, and taught me quite a bit about the usage of Photoshop. Also a special thanks to everyone who commented and helped me out in my WIP thread. Please let me know what you think.

The map is of a fictional world I am working on setting up for my own pleasure.

Check out the WIP thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?17511-WIP-Aetherworld-Map-Water-flows-up-mountains-too-right-Help-with-Rivers)

The Finished Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42399&d=1329777511)

You can also see a more detailed version of the NW corner of the map here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42289&d=1329335179).

Robulous
02-20-2012, 08:02 PM
Looks great, glad you got the all clear from the river police ;)

rdanhenry
02-20-2012, 08:16 PM
And a fine first effort it is, too.

Larb
02-20-2012, 08:32 PM
Wow, yes, that is a really nice piece of cartography.

Sapiento
02-21-2012, 03:13 AM
Looks very good!

Alex
02-21-2012, 03:31 AM
Very nice! I really love the style and look! :D

Seeing people's maps always makes me want to jump into that world... >.>

Rep!

Lenox274
02-21-2012, 09:49 AM
Nice composition!

wittyoctopus
02-21-2012, 06:43 PM
Thank you all for the kind words.

Diamond
02-21-2012, 11:56 PM
That is really, really great work. It's a major pain in the ass to draw mountains/trees/etc individually, but it really pays off when you do - just gorgeous. I love the colors and aging effects too. Thumbs up and rep from me!

wittyoctopus
02-22-2012, 12:38 PM
That is really, really great work. It's a major pain in the ass to draw mountains/trees/etc individually, but it really pays off when you do - just gorgeous. I love the colors and aging effects too. Thumbs up and rep from me!

I agree about individually hand drawn elements look great and that they can gt to be a royal pain in the ass. I had originally created a GIMP image hose brush and had laid the mountains out on the map using that, but after getting close to calling the map done I decided that I should suck it up and hand draw everything in. Tanks Diamond for the inspirational kudos.

dangerdog15
02-25-2012, 10:55 PM
This looks so good! Great first CG map witty.

cereth
02-25-2012, 11:27 PM
I really love the color choices on this map. It really pops.

wittyoctopus
02-26-2012, 01:06 AM
I really love the color choices on this map. It really pops.

Thanks, I spent more time than I care to admit trying to get the colors just right. I think my long suffering wife was about ready to smack the back of my head considering the number of times I "invited" her into my lair and asked, "what about these colors, which look better?" I think in the end her eyes numbed out on me and she couldn't even tell the difference between the color options I was putting out there. In her defense the color variance to most normal people was not that great. Nice of someone else to recognize it though.