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04-24-2008, 06:45 AM
I have been drawing this over the last week for a game tomorrow and it is finally done. Here are two versions, with more/less colour intensity.

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The WIP thread is here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1835).

This is a map that will be used with maptool. The party has found the location of a hidden camp of pirates and bandits. The pirates are holed up for a few weeks conducting repairs on their ship. This close proximity with the bandits has inflamed tensions between the groups that only tolerate each other normally. In addition, monsters have moved into the treasure cave, further exacerbating the situation. The party arrives into the middle of this. If the blunder in swinging swords, the two groups will unit against the common enemy. If they play it more subtly they have a chance to play the two groups off against each other and significantly reduce their odds. Should be interesting to see how the game goes.

04-24-2008, 11:08 AM
I think your map really turned out well Torstan. Excellent, clever and subtle use of the shading colours and its really clear at the same time. Your players are going to have great time with it. Thanks for taking us through the process too.


04-24-2008, 01:32 PM
A definite work of art, from start to finish.

04-24-2008, 02:21 PM
Wow - very nice. :)

04-24-2008, 03:23 PM
Very nice use of drawing and colour. Very pleasing and not overprocessed.

If I may ask, what do you sketch with? What do you use painter for?


04-24-2008, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments! It was fun to draw and try to move the style of the cave maps on to an outdoor setting. I can already see a few things I want to try next time. We'll have to see how it goes.

@Neonknight: I'm sure I wouldn't call it a work of art from beginning to end. The beginning sketches were really ropey :)

@Sigurd, I used Gimp for the whole map. I sketched with a 5px brush for the first shots and then used a new layer to ink carefully over the top (2-3px Ink brush in Gimp). All in Gimp with a Wacom Graphire4 A6 tablet.

04-24-2008, 07:18 PM
I love the pirate ship very well rendered

04-25-2008, 12:40 PM
Very nice indeed. Yoink.

04-25-2008, 07:10 PM
Really, really nice.

I have to admit to having some doubts abou this at first. I think I just couldn't quite see where you were going, but the end result is great, and it doesn't get any better than pirates anyway!:D

04-30-2008, 10:20 AM
After a specific request, here is a png of the ship with and without anchors. Note the white background is actually transparent.

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If anyone else wants an element of this map, please say and I'll put together a version.

05-01-2008, 01:45 PM
Day late and a dollar short.. as usual.. see my post here :)

05-07-2008, 10:42 AM
Wow. Very nice. I really liked the hand drawn style and the soft matted colours! :)

05-12-2008, 08:48 PM
This really is an exceptional map! I love the whole hand drawn feel of it. Would be very interested in reading more about your process, even beyond the already excellent WIP thread.

05-12-2008, 09:29 PM
This really is an exceptional map! I love the whole hand drawn feel of it. Would be very interested in reading more about your process, even beyond the already excellent WIP thread.

Yep.. Tut would be very nice...

05-14-2008, 11:56 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments about these maps. I'll definitely try to put together a more complete tutorial on how these were done. I need to create a new encounter map for my next D&D adventure so I'll make sure to create some notes as I go along. In lieu of a tutorial I'll upload the .xcf file for the pirate cove map here. I have had to shrink it considerably - to 25% of its original size - to fit it under the upload requirements. The original .xcf is 75MB, 1000 times the allowed size for this months mapping challenge!

Anyway, hope this is of some use to those who use Gimp and are curious about the methods used in this map:


I noticed a couple of glitches on the maps I posted as 'finished' so here's a cleaned up version:


Also, for those who are interested - this map was used to map the pirate and bandit camp in the first section of the Mysteries of the Moonsea adventure. The original map for this adventure can be found here (http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/MMoon_Maps/98212.jpg).

05-14-2008, 08:18 PM
And I hav also managed to extract a few more of the seperate images from the map on the request of some of those over at rptools.net. Here's a link (http://gallery.rptools.net/v/contrib/torstan/Locations/Cove) to the gallery with the different objects, and here's a selection of a few of them:




05-15-2008, 02:02 AM
That is a VERY VERY sweet map.

05-16-2008, 02:27 AM
Congratulations on winning the Featured Map of the Month Award. :)

05-16-2008, 06:58 AM
Thanks for putting me up for it :)

I'm very pleased with the way the map came out, and very pleasantly surprised to get the map of the month award.

05-16-2008, 07:20 AM
congrats torstan ... it was well deserved :D

05-22-2008, 12:16 AM
i really like the feel of the map.. to me, this is the perfect amount of realism, and ends up looking quite good. if only i had a tablet.