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arsheesh
04-19-2012, 01:55 AM
So I've been wanting to try out a more hand-drawn map style for some time, but, not having a tablet, thought I'd wait till I got one to try it out. Course that could be some time from now, and what with all these handy tips & tricks that Torstan and Djekspek have been putting together, I thought, awe what the hell. So here's my first baby steps in trying out this new style. I will be adding a bit more terrain detail before coloring the land. Not sure about the sea color yet. Right now this is just a place holder. Critique and constructive feedback is welcome.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Romulus
04-19-2012, 05:36 AM
Impressive. The mountains are very well done and the forests have some detail without being overwhelming. I like how clean it is--it leaves room for labels/additional elements.

Any chance you could link to the tutorials you used? Or was this a combination of a bunch of smaller guides?

Eilathen
04-19-2012, 05:14 PM
This is really cool, arsheesh! I am looking forward to seeing where this will go. The mountains are already very good, imho.
If i can, have some rep.!

arsheesh
04-19-2012, 07:13 PM
Thanks Romulus & Eilathen. May be some time before I finish this one, since spring break is just about finished. Romulus, Torstan has posted his Assorted Tips & Tricks here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16819-Assorted-tips-and-tricks). As to DJ's tutorials, he's been uploading them to Deviantart. However, if you go to his website (http://fantasy-maps.com/) he's got a section which hosts his tutorials.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

rpgmapmaker
04-19-2012, 08:03 PM
Making one mountain icon is easy... Making beautiful mountain ranges is hard. You have done an amazing job on the ranges and I'm looking forward to seeing them colored.

woobunker6
04-19-2012, 08:11 PM
Very Nice!

Panzymoon
04-20-2012, 12:11 AM
Beautiful and very clean work, I like it very much :) I'm very much looking forward to seeing what you do with this!

mozltovcoktail
04-20-2012, 12:36 AM
This a beautiful start. I love this style, and it looks like you got a great handle on it. And you're doing this with a mouse?! Impressive.

You have a lot of opportunities for some nice long mountain ridges in addition to the clusters you have going on. Is that something you're considering?

arsheesh
04-20-2012, 12:41 AM
Wow, thanks for all the support guys. I had hoped to have a bit more completed to show today but got bogged down grading essay papers (always takes longer than you think). @Mozltovcocktail, yes this was done with a mouse, and I'm not sure I understand the question about mountain ridges. If you mean, had I intended to include more Mt. "Ranges" then the answer is no (though I may add a few more hills here and there). If you mean, do intend to add more color shading to bring out the ridges of the Mt. Ranges already there, then the answer is yes I do. Anyway, hopefully I will have a chance to work on this again during the weekend. It's fun trying out a new style.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

grangarian
04-20-2012, 06:59 AM
Hoo boy, i'm looking forward to see this finished. Awesome.

mozltovcoktail
04-20-2012, 11:37 AM
Sorry. I meant to ask if you'd thought about connecting some of your mountain ranges, which are now collections of individual peaks, with longer ridges that would tie them together more, but it doesn't look like that's the style you're going for.

Again, impressive mouse skillz, and I really dig the look of this!

Harrg
04-22-2012, 06:36 AM
I like it, interesting see your map from new style

arsheesh
04-22-2012, 07:06 PM
Thanks Mozltovcocktail & Hart.

Haven't had a whole lot of time to work on this over the weekend. However, I did add some grasslands and redid the rivers and canyon lands (which were bothering me). I think the next step will be to create some town & city symbols to populate the map, then I'll try coloring it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Riggamorphus
04-22-2012, 07:18 PM
That's a good idea to start out drawing on the texture and seeing it development in that way. Do you plan on the using symbols for it?

Keep up the good work!
Rigg

apothecaryrose
04-22-2012, 09:10 PM
I really like your mountains! The improvements you did to the rivers make it fit into the map more since your map has a slight tilt to it instead of it being directly overhead. I liked your canyon to begin with but love your improvement to it. Your lakes don't seem to be at quite the same tilt as the rest of the map. They kinda stand out to me.

I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with this map. :)

arsheesh
04-22-2012, 09:14 PM
Thanks guys. @Apothecaryrose, good catch with the lakes. Not sure at this point if I am really concerned enough with this to change them or not though. I'll think it over. Thanks for your advice.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Sapiento
04-23-2012, 05:56 AM
As long as we don't have an accurate top-down view of the world, I think it is hard to judge whether the lakes are correct or not.

This comes along very nice, Arsheesh! I like the canyon. Is the texture the top layer?

arsheesh
04-23-2012, 05:33 PM
Thanks Sapiento. Do you mean the canyon or parchment texture? Assuming the former, yes it is. Assuming the latter, I have a base parchment layer that I am using, but have added a bit more texture to it via an additional overlay layer.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Djekspek
04-23-2012, 07:09 PM
looking pretty good! And really amazing that you do it with a mouse.... I'd go desperate if my tablet would break down and I'd have a mouse only..... Handdrawing is map is a lot of work, but -at least for me- the most rewarding :) cheers, DJ

ps. i also uploaded my little step-by-steps to the forums here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16881-Step-by-step-tutorials).

Gidde
04-23-2012, 08:44 PM
This looks great so far, arsheesh! I'm loving those dunes in the southeast :)

Sapiento
04-24-2012, 03:38 AM
Thanks Sapiento. Do you mean the canyon or parchment texture? Assuming the former, yes it is. Assuming the latter, I have a base parchment layer that I am using, but have added a bit more texture to it via an additional overlay layer.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

OK. That's what I wanted to know.

arsheesh
04-25-2012, 10:23 PM
OK, here I've laid down the base colors. I decided to stick with a sort of light ink washed look for this map. Next I'll work on adding a bit more color variation as well as light and dark contours.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

cereth
04-26-2012, 01:26 AM
This is looking wonderful all around. I can't wait to see it finished!

arsheesh
04-27-2012, 12:51 AM
Thanks Cereth! Well I've been stealing time away from my dissertation to work on this. I've finished detailing the forests and some of the mountains. I still have yet to color the grasslands, deserts & canyons and hills. Here's a small update of the forests & mountains.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

arsheesh
05-06-2012, 08:29 PM
Well it took longer than expected, but I finally finished coloring the mountains. Still have yet to do the hills, grasslands and deserts.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Gidde
05-07-2012, 12:20 AM
The mountains look great!

Jaxilon
05-07-2012, 07:44 PM
Great stuff especially considering you are drawing with a mouse. I know how tough that is.

lostatsea
05-07-2012, 08:56 PM
Looks great! Like the Muted pallet and the shading.Great mouse work. Never got the hang of a tablet myself ! :)

arsheesh
05-08-2012, 12:24 AM
@Gidde, Thanks, they took a bit of time to finish.

@Jaxilon, you know, it was tricky at first, and I think it would still be pretty difficult If I were to attempt to sketch something more substantial than what I have, but after some practice it turned out to be not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. Still, I'd opt for a tablet over a mouse any day.

@Lostatsea, thanks.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

grangarian
05-13-2012, 05:43 AM
I still have a long way to go if i want to draw such amazing maps. I especially like those forests. I'm looking forward to see the finished map.

arsheesh
05-17-2012, 10:42 PM
I don't have much time to work on this project right now, but here's a little bit of a progress update. I finished working on the canyons/chasm... at least for now, I'm not sure if I'm really satisfied with it. Also, I'm about two thirds of the way done with the sand dunes that make up the desert. If anyone has any constructive criticism I'm open to hearing them. Thanks.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Gidde
05-17-2012, 10:47 PM
I'd love to help you out, arsheesh, but there's nothing to criticize! This looks awesome.

Lyandra
06-07-2012, 06:07 PM
This map looks so beautiful already! I can't wait to see the end result :)
It looks so awesome that I would never have guessed you did it without a tablet. o_O When I tried to draw something using only a mouse I felt handicapped...
Oh, and everything looks perfect, except one thing: I want to see more! ;)

arsheesh
06-07-2012, 10:53 PM
Thank you Gidde and Lyandra. Well, progress is slow going these days, but I have made some. Here's the latest WIP.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

vorropohaiah
06-08-2012, 03:16 AM
really crisp clean linework opn this with great shading/highlighting to complement it. subbed.

Lyandra
06-08-2012, 12:31 PM
Wow, great coastline! I so love this map. :) And your shading is truly superb, you make it seem so easy... Baby steps, right? I wonder what your future maps will look like then. ;)

shihan
06-14-2012, 10:00 AM
arsheesh, this map is awesome. I especially adore your coastlines, they are absolutely stunning!

Did you do this with GIMP (that's what I guess due to the links in your signature).

Could you explain the brush/pen settings you used to create this "crisp clean linework" (quoted vorropohaiha)? I played around a little bit with the pen settings in GIMP and Photoshop, but they are never as clean, contiguous yet full of contrast like the one you used.


I've been here -- as a silent viewer -- for a time now, but although I've seen many great maps, this one is one of the greatest! Perhaps it's the clean, crisp look, the subtle use of details, not to overwhelming. I really like that simple, yet great look.

arsheesh
06-17-2012, 07:27 PM
@vorropohaiah & Lyandra, thanks guys!

@shihan, wow, that's a very large compliment, thank you very much. To answer your question, yes, the map thus far has been done completely in GIMP. the map I've uploaded is only at about 50% of the resolution of the original (the full size map was just to large of a file size to upload). I noticed that when I scaled the map to about 50% though that the line-work did appear much finer than at full resolution. So that's part of the trick. The other part was that when I did the shading and highlights for the mountains, hills, coasts etc. I zoomed in to about 200% and, using a small fuzzy brush set to low opacity (between 10-30%, depending on what I was working on), I began to slowly paint in the shadows and highlights (black for the former, white for the latter). Also, I as per the technique discussed in Torstan and DJ's tutorials, I set the Shadows/Highlights layer to "Overlay" and fiddled with the opacity till I got something I liked). The shadows and highlights for the forests were a bit more work. Here I wasn't just using an "overlay" method, I actually experimented with various hues of color and then used a custom sponge brush to lay in the color. Did that answer your question?

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

kestrelgrey
06-24-2012, 04:40 AM
I have to say (a little late, I suppose) that I just found a new style to try out! This map is stunning, particularly the coastline. I'll have to keep an eye on this. Thank goodness the info you gave can be applied to PS.

arsheesh
06-24-2012, 05:06 AM
Thanks Kestrel. This map kind of got put on the back-burner while other things in life came up, but once I've revamped my contribution to this month's Challenge map I hope to get back to it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Schwarzkreuz
09-10-2012, 11:36 PM
Hi Arsheesh,

I would love to see this map someday in a finished version. Had you the time for any update? I realy like the path you going here.

arsheesh
09-11-2012, 12:41 AM
Oh hey thanks Schwarzkreuz. You know, I got side tracked with a couple of (as yet unfinished) commissions, and between them and school I haven't really done much of anything with this map for months. However, the semester wraps up in October and by then hopefully I will have finished at least one of the commissions and can return to this project. Thanks for the encouragement though.

EDIT: I did add a border to the map, it's not much of an update but it's something.

Schwarzkreuz
09-11-2012, 12:50 AM
I have to think more about Borders. Its very nice how it blends in with the already used Color-Palette of the Map!

BISHDP
09-25-2012, 02:12 PM
I absolutely love your map. It is incredible. I am a new member to this site (and to map making with software in general) and have loved your tutorials. They are so easy to follow and are full of great methods to help people like me get started. I would like to ask one question. For your coast lines here, did you hand draw those as well or is there a way in GIMP to create those?

arsheesh
09-25-2012, 08:58 PM
Hi BISHDP, thank for the kind words! Aside from the background parchment texture, this map, including the coastlines, is 100% hand drawn. It took quite a while to do those coastlines btw, I'm afraid I don't know any shortcuts.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

callowCartographer
09-26-2012, 02:44 AM
Ah, this is beautiful! I really love the muted colors, and I am envious of how nice and clean everything looks considering it's completely hand-drawn!

Lyandra
10-31-2012, 06:00 PM
I so love this map! Border looks amazing. I cannot wait for you to finish this piece of art. :)

jtougas
10-31-2012, 06:08 PM
How did I miss this? I am such a fan of your work. This is incredible and yet another masterpiece to add to your collection :)

arsheesh
10-31-2012, 07:08 PM
Shucks guys! Thanks, this piece has been in hiatus for such a long time now. I hope to pick it back up once I've completed a commission that I'm currently working on. Thanks for all of the encouragement.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

damonjynx
10-31-2012, 07:20 PM
Mate, this is an excellent map and should be considered for the Cartographers Choice. The attention to detail is amazing! I'm going to have to check out your border tut! I really like Celtic knot work borders - for maps, stationery for whatever!

Consider yourself repped my man!

jtougas
10-31-2012, 07:26 PM
Repped & Rated !!

damonjynx
11-04-2012, 04:56 PM
Finally figured out how to rate stuff. So this is now rated.

arsheesh
11-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Repped & Rated !!

Finally figured out how to rate stuff. So this is now rated.

Thanks Damon and JT!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh