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letsgoheat
05-24-2012, 12:47 AM
So this is the second map I've ever done and I really like the simplistic style. I'm going to be using this for a novel I'm planning on writing. Thoughts critiques and criticisms welcome!

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arsheesh
05-24-2012, 12:58 AM
Well the hand drawn elements all look pretty good but I don't know about the forest texture; I'd recommend going with some trees or forest symbols rather than a pattern, particularly given that it looks nothing like forests. Otherwise though, not bad.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

letsgoheat
05-24-2012, 01:08 AM
If you could point me in the right direction with tree/ forest brushes please be my guest, I couldn't find ANYTHING that suited what I was going for :(

Depassage
05-24-2012, 05:41 AM
Hi letsgoheat! I agree with arsheesh... I mistook your forests for cold tundra before reading the names...

You've got different techniques here :
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?5478-Quick-hand-drawn-style-forests
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8620-Automatic-Forester
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?9952-Gimp-Trees-Brush
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16819-Assorted-tips-and-tricks&p=176305&viewfull=1#post176305
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?16819-Assorted-tips-and-tricks&p=183105&viewfull=1#post183105

Here is what I found after a quick search here... Feel free to use the searching engine of the forum.

letsgoheat
05-24-2012, 05:26 PM
Updated map: (added some tree icons for the forests)
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arsheesh
05-24-2012, 09:22 PM
Yes, that looks much better to my eye. Great job.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

letsgoheat
05-25-2012, 12:23 AM
Thanks :) i tried using treething but couldnt gt it to work.

And on a sidentote... I graduatrd today!!

Gidde
05-25-2012, 12:38 AM
Congratulations!!

Depassage
05-25-2012, 05:29 AM
Yes it's really better now!

vorropohaiah
05-25-2012, 06:07 AM
nice map; i agree, the new forest texture is better (though id make the trees a bit closer personally)

I also think the spiked shore should be written the right way round, as it is upside down its pretty hard to make out. other than that small gripe, very nice and simple

letsgoheat
05-25-2012, 01:54 PM
Thanks everyone! But seriously- does anyone know how to use treething?

jbgibson
05-26-2012, 11:18 AM
The discrete tree symbols do look better. If you're going for a hand-drawn look, I'd make sure the mask for labels among the trees clips out entire symbols. Nobody hand-drawing a map would draw in slivers of symbols - they'd probably letter the label first and then scatter whole trees around it. It's looking nice, though! About the right amount of detail to fit in a printed book.

letsgoheat
05-26-2012, 09:04 PM
Jbgibson- I see what you mean about the labeling- that's actually a good idea :D