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zekrish
04-23-2012, 11:19 AM
Hello everyone! About 2 months ago I started GM;in a fantasy campaing set in my own world. After a couple of meetings i decided to make a mpa over the world so that the player could easier understand the lay of the land.

So i first made a ROUGH sketch using the game Dwarf Fortress: The game generates a realistic world. All rivers have a function, all mountains are placed along continental rifts and all forest are realistically ''grown''

It turned out like this: http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/world_map-region4-1050--10081.jpg

After that I made another rough draft using CC3: http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/DD30.png

Then i started painting, it turned out quite well. The map is not really done yet but i'm already planning my next one and getting comissions from other GM;s to make thier maps! The detailed picture is of Corinia, Chudar and Middland (the main area of questing for my group.)

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/Karta1.jpg

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/DSC_0041.jpg

So what do you think? As said this is my first map so don't be to rude :)

MVH Johan IV

Lukc
04-23-2012, 12:19 PM
I think it looks great, but then I always have a penchant for hand drawn maps. So long as you keep your style consistent, practically anything works. A thing I would recommend is to pay attention to your labelling a bit more and the results will look even better. Ravells has a great guide to label placement in his signature, while a simply trick right off the bat is to use a ruler to keep all your labels on a single level when you write them. For instance, your Corinia label goes up and down more than it should, so a simple pencil line underneath it would help you write it out straight. That's how I do most of my hand-lettering.

Cheers!

zekrish
04-23-2012, 01:23 PM
I think it looks great, but then I always have a penchant for hand drawn maps. So long as you keep your style consistent, practically anything works. A thing I would recommend is to pay attention to your labelling a bit more and the results will look even better. Ravells has a great guide to label placement in his signature, while a simply trick right off the bat is to use a ruler to keep all your labels on a single level when you write them. For instance, your Corinia label goes up and down more than it should, so a simple pencil line underneath it would help you write it out straight. That's how I do most of my hand-lettering.

Cheers!


Yes, I have been working on my calligraphy since I made the map and when i make the 2.0 version the labeling will be better :) The main reason for the shoddy labeling is that the paper I use doesn't take kindly to erasers; the mark never disappears no matter how lightly you draw.

Where can I find this guide you speak of?

BTW this is my latest calligraphy project, in Swedish unfortunaly :):

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/th_ALF004.jpg (http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m70/Archon_zekrish/?action=view&current=ALF004.jpg)

arsheesh
04-23-2012, 05:24 PM
Lovely work. I very much enjoy seeing hand made maps and this one is quite attractive. Look forward to seeing more on this.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lukc
04-23-2012, 07:18 PM
I apologise for not linking to it before ... time pressure. Anyway, here it is (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?12373-Positioning-names-on-maps&p=133175#post133175). A trick you could do is to use a lightboard (a transparent table with a source of light below) and put the ruler (or rather, a sheet of paper with dark black lines) beneath your map - so you can see the lines to write on. Hey presto, labels without pencil marks! :)

Gidde
04-23-2012, 08:47 PM
Hiya zekrish, that's looking pretty cool! As for your pencil not erasing, I had the same problem for a long time. It turns out that it was because I was using light pencil. It's counter-intuitive: if you use the harder pencils, they're really light but do not erase at all. I switched to a softer, darker pencil and it erases fine!

rdanhenry
04-23-2012, 10:05 PM
You've got some nice artistry there, but you've also got crazy rivers. I recommend you do some reading of this thread: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?3822-How-to-get-your-rivers-in-the-right-place. Rivers seem to be the most common tripping point realism-wise for new mappers.