View Full Version : [WIP] Commission - Xendria

03-04-2012, 04:03 PM
This is a Work in Progress for my latest Commission, the Realm of Xendria. It is the setting for the Graphic Short Story "Through the Eyes of Grizelda (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146510891/through-the-eyes-of-grizelda)". I've hand drawn a bunch of symbols for the map in pen and ink and I'm just waiting on my new scanner to arrive.

Anyways, here's my early progress. As usual, any comments/criticism are much appreciated. :)

03-04-2012, 04:15 PM
The pentagram in the VAST OCEAN is a wonderful touch!

03-06-2012, 11:23 PM
ooo this is gonna be a good one. love it already. do you have any tuts on your process for this style?

Klaus van der Kroft
03-07-2012, 08:02 AM
I really like the shape, texture, and colour.

I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

03-07-2012, 11:31 AM
Hi, I'm new here. I love your basics for your map! It reminds me a little of The Land Of Morthyr (http://www.fantasymapmaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/morthyr.jpg) which is one of my top five favorites that I've seen so far. I had no idea there was a site like this, with so much talent!

03-07-2012, 02:34 PM
Hello everyone- if you dig Cereth's work on this- check out our project that he is doing it for- and if you like it, please consider a donation to help us bring it to life!


03-08-2012, 07:25 PM
I'm in the process of scanning in about 200 various symbols drawn in pen and ink. This is a pretty tedious process but I'm pretty happy with the look so far. I think they'll look better then what I could've done with the tablet.

03-09-2012, 09:55 AM
Cool symbols Cereth

03-09-2012, 10:35 AM
I started laying some symbols down this morning...just a few to get a feel how they'll look on the map.

03-09-2012, 01:17 PM
Looking good... I will be watching the progress on this guy...

Klaus van der Kroft
03-09-2012, 02:02 PM
Love those mountains!

Onwards with the mapping, Mr Cereth!

03-17-2012, 09:35 AM
Got some more work done on this now that I'm back from my trip to Niagara Falls. While I was gone I did manage to get some more mountains drawn in my sketchbook and those are also all scanned and ready to use.

03-17-2012, 05:39 PM
There are a couple points where mountains seem to abruptly end when following them north, giving my eye an awkward feel. But that is in the blown up view. Other than that beautiful work!

03-17-2012, 06:45 PM
This is just beautiful, cereth. Very very pretty.

Just a couple of opinions/suggestions: the definition on the towns/cities seems a little less than that of the mountains; makes the cities seem oddly blurred. The trees are also hard to see against the mountains - is there a way to make their outline(s) just a little sharper without compromising the overall look of the map?

03-17-2012, 06:51 PM
I had to reduce the sizes of the cities after I scanned them in to make them fit scale wise. I see what you mean and I'll play around with them some.

03-18-2012, 03:16 AM
Wow Cereth! This is looking amazing. I have been trying to find a way to create my own world map for a gaming campaign I want to run and this style is absolutely beautiful. Anyway you might be willing to let us know how you have done it? And any suggestions on doing something like this myself? Keep it up. Can't wait to see the finished product!

03-19-2012, 12:57 AM
I increased the contrast on the cities and the trees. I think they both stand out a little more and match the mountains better. I also "grunged" up the border a bit...not sure if I'll keep it that bway or not.

03-19-2012, 01:59 AM
I like the grungy border. How do you go about doing it? I can tell this is gonna be an amazing map. keep it up.

03-19-2012, 01:48 PM
Put another 5 hours or so into this this morning. I grunged up the border with a splatter brush on the eraser.

03-19-2012, 05:34 PM
Looking AWESOME!!!

03-19-2012, 06:48 PM
Amazing! I don't know what else to say... I know that if I put out a map it will lack both the authenticity of a hand drawn-looking map (such as this one) and the detail of maps made by better graphic artists than myself. Not that I am a graphic artist at all in fact... but anyway, great job.

03-20-2012, 01:02 AM
Yep, cities and forests look MUCH better now. This is going to be amazing when it's done...

03-20-2012, 03:07 PM
My only comment would be that the text is perhaps a little too toned down. It looks a little washed out. Otherwise, beautiful work so far.

03-20-2012, 06:59 PM
I have to agree with Solxante, the text is faded a little too much.

03-21-2012, 10:49 AM
Gosh, I think the text is just right! Hey Soixante! Haven't seen you around for a bit! Hope all is well!

Lovely work Cereth. I just love the washed out feel which ages the map beautifully.

03-23-2012, 06:51 PM
I got quite a bit more done today. I'm trying to find a nice balance between legibility and the aged look with the text. I like the way it looks now, but we'll see how it looks on a test print before I settle. If it is too hard to read when printed out then I'll sharpen it up some more, but I like the aged/washed out look as it stands now.

03-23-2012, 08:24 PM
Looks brillant. I really really REALLY like this style. have a skosh of rep :)

03-23-2012, 08:31 PM
Beautiful! Looking great.

03-25-2012, 11:29 AM
Awesome work Cereth!!

03-25-2012, 01:06 PM
Looks fantastic, even though I'm not the greatest fan of faded maps ... I find them hard to read sometimes. Still, to each his own :)

04-06-2012, 08:14 PM
Getting close to finishing this...need to get this done today. :)

04-06-2012, 08:49 PM
Looks really cool! I especially the ink effect! It really seems to have absorbed by paper. Great job!
Good luck with your deadline!

04-07-2012, 01:04 AM
Ok, all that's left to do is make a legend (key, scalebar, etc.). The mapping itself is all pretty much finished at this point.

04-07-2012, 09:15 AM
Awesome! looks great!

06-01-2012, 05:13 PM
Hey- the map and the comic that it appears in are NOW ON SALE- 28 color pages for $5- this includes shipping!!


VOL. 1

By Jason Lenox, David Paul
Art by Jason Lenox, Dani Kaulakis, Damon Haigh, Joseph Freistuhler
SC, 28pgs, full color
Front cover: Jason Lenox, Dani Kaulakis
Back cover: Joseph Freistuhler, Jason Lenox

In the clutches of an army of would-be assassins the tyrant lord necromancer Amon Kadesh must survive the terrors of an assault on his fortress, while his cat familiar Grizelda seeks only the solitude of peace and comfort. At any cost.

Elsewhere, and in the far reaches of space, Commander Veer leads an Exterminus unit to locate and exterminate Scourge Species X2987, AKA The Great Vermin!

This epic premier volume includes the dark fantasy “Through the Eyes of Grizelda” and the sci-fi thriller “The Great Vermin” from Jason Lenox (Grey Haven, Viper) and David Paul (Heavy Metal, InvestComics, Heske Horror, JOSEPH!) It features highly detailed coloring and pin-up art by Dani Kaulakis, additional pin-ups by Damon Haigh and Jason Lenox, and an incredibly realistic map by cartographer Joseph Freistuhler.