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Nomadic
03-30-2012, 06:48 PM
Wow it's been awhile since I've submitted anything on here. This is as good a time as any though so here we go. This is a map done for a friend of his setting, Haveneast. I did it for free as thanks for the awesome games he's been running for us in it. It was also a good excuse to use my new toy, an Intuos5 medium tablet that arrived in the mail a few days ago (which I have been overly eager to use). Let's just say that it helped immensely on this image, especially in giving the borders a slightly uneven, hand done quality. The map is copyrighted under his name (Trevor Gamblin) but he's given me permission to freely show it off as I wish as part of my portfolio so I figured I'd do so. What do you all think? :)

Nomadic
03-30-2012, 07:42 PM
Oh yea and before I forget here's the rough sketch he sent me. The sharp eyed amongst you will note the numerous river violations. Fortunately for my friend I was able to do what I could to rectify this before he could be arrested by the river police.

Inriconus
03-30-2012, 09:00 PM
I like it, it reminds me of Zelda: A Link to the Past for some reason. How do you get the ripple lines around the islands and continent? I have always wondered that, because it is a nice effect.

Nomadic
03-30-2012, 10:54 PM
Well if you're using Photoshop...

1) select your landmass (ctrl+click the landmass layer)
2) select > modify > expand
3) edit > stroke
4) repeat steps 2 and 3 several times
5) enjoy your classy ripples :D

Veldehar
03-30-2012, 11:32 PM
It is a nice clean mapping style, but there is one visual driving my eyeballs batty when close up, the little hashmarks leading in from the coast, LOL. Not entirely sure why... maybe because for so many years of GM'ing I used those to indicate plateaus on hand drawn maps and my brain wants to make the entire thing a plateau, hmmm, makes sense to my tired brain and eyes anyhow. The mountains also seem a bit repetitious to me, but that is a taste ting also. All and all good work.

Inriconus
03-31-2012, 12:35 AM
Thanks Nomadic! I'll try that on my next map :D

Nomadic
03-31-2012, 04:00 AM
It is a nice clean mapping style, but there is one visual driving my eyeballs batty when close up, the little hashmarks leading in from the coast, LOL. Not entirely sure why... maybe because for so many years of GM'ing I used those to indicate plateaus on hand drawn maps and my brain wants to make the entire thing a plateau, hmmm, makes sense to my tired brain and eyes anyhow. The mountains also seem a bit repetitious to me, but that is a taste ting also. All and all good work.

Ahaha it would figure the thing I spent the most time on (the hashmarks) would be the thing that would get picked on. Not the cheapo generic fonts I slapped on there that I feel the most shame about, but the 2 hours worth of meticulous marking to get a specific feel. I am hurt by your words good sir!

In all seriousness though thanks for the review and I'm glad you liked the clean feel as cleanness has always been important to me in mapping. I think this is, as with all maps, a matter of taste. What can I say, I likes me some repetitive stylistic stamping for my mountains ;)


Thanks Nomadic! I'll try that on my next map :D

Sweet, can't wait to see your next map. I shall hold you to your word!