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Elothan
06-19-2012, 06:19 PM
After taking an almost 2 year long break from mapping due to working on a BA in PR and media, as well as some organizational work, I have finaly dusted of my copy of CC3 and decided to reawaken my old hobby..

First thing I noticed. It was not like riding a bike.. I basically had to re-learn a lot of stuff, but I get that good old feeling of creativity back :)

Anyhow, the reason of posting this map is partly to "force" myself to follow trough on more maps(as I have plenty of started maps), and get some tips along the way :)


So please fire away :D

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Elothan
06-20-2012, 02:11 PM
Here is a more updated map.. quite a lot to work on still, but I thik the coastline kinda works better with these effects.
Still strugeling with river shapes thou.45852

Lyandra
06-20-2012, 02:43 PM
Looks like a good beginning. You are right about the rivers, I think they should meander more. They look too straight to me. I also do not especially like the mountain range packed with symbols, it seems too thick. It might be because I prefer longer mountain ranges (so don't take it too seriously if you've made it look like this on purpose ^^). If I were you, I would use less symbols perhaps - what you have there is very repetitive. Hope I helped you. I'm glad you reawakened your creativity and got back to mapping. I myself suffer from a lack of time and miss mapping - it's always such fun. :)

Elothan
06-20-2012, 05:52 PM
Thanks for the feedback :)
Sad to hear about your lack of time :(
The mountain range was done like that on purpose to test out the look, and up close it looked decent enough, but zoomed out it does clutter up I feel they are looking a bit to small, so Ill probably redo them. Make them more massive probably.. but then I have to take into account wind direction and such... I should probably roam around the forum looking for some info on that :)
Edit: Totally reworked the map style, and cut out all the rivers for now, until I get them right. I am more happy with this style, even if there is quite a lot of work left to do.
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Lyandra
06-20-2012, 06:38 PM
What can I say? This style is so awesome that there is little you can screw up while working with it.^^ Your map is looking great already.


Sad to hear about your lack of time :(

Thanks for sympathy. My holidays are coming, so hopefully I will get back to mapping real soon. :)

Elothan
06-20-2012, 06:51 PM
What can I say? This style is so awesome that there is little you can screw up while working with it.^^ Your map is looking great already.



Thanks for sympathy. My holidays are coming, so hopefully I will get back to mapping real soon. :)

Yeah, the style is really good, and to top it off it allows me to focus on learning a natural way to place map elements to get a realistic "flow" in a map without spending to much time on "beatifying things" That way I can get the hang of rivers, mountain chains, wind, etc before I dare enter into raster cartography :)

Oh, and hoping to see some maps during your holiday :) I like what i have seen from your style :)

Veldehar
06-21-2012, 12:20 PM
Excellent stuff, very cool style.

Morgan_R
06-21-2012, 06:38 PM
The new style looks great!

Elothan
06-21-2012, 08:06 PM
Here is the results of a bit more work on the map :)
I think I am done tinkering with this for now, since I have some scaling problems that popped up after I snafued something somewhere, but all in all it was a fun exercise to work with :)
Still want some more feedback thou,to bring with me to my nex project, or incase I will go back to tinker with this one :)


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Lyandra
06-24-2012, 08:13 AM
Nice progress. :) The river is meandering nicely this time, though it looks a little too blurry for my taste. Good luck with your next project!


Oh, and hoping to see some maps during your holiday :) I like what i have seen from your style :)

Thanks. :) I'm looking forward to trying out digital mapping, till now I mostly doodled on paper in my free time, never truly finishing anything.^^

GrimFinger
11-17-2012, 08:51 PM
Your mountains are a mixture of portend and pretense, and you are a cursed man for it.

They portend a greatness yet to be seen. The color and texture of your mountains make one salivate at the prospects, at the thought of what might be possible. But, they pretend to be only a shell of their possible selves.

Scale is your enemy, and it is eating you alive in this one, even as color is your true friend and ally, and it won't allow you to die. The green of the land whets the appetite, and the path/road wears its ghostly hue well.

What is the whitish blob? Ack! It is not a goof it, whatever it is. It does not blend in with the countryside well.

The text of Fjorheim is impeccable. A pity it obscures that which it denotes. Perhaps smaller is greater, here. The font, itself, fits the mountain work fine, though.

The trees and the structures should be reduced in size, I think, to cause those mountains to swell in size, by comparison. All those cartographic clumps of rockwork, and nary a foreboding stone amongst them. For pity, for shame.

You wield a stout pen, when it comes to raising mountains, but you can barely plant a seedling, it seems. Forests are not your strong point, it seems.

I keep coming back to the land, itself, as I scour this map. Such a beautiful lady adorned in cartographic sackcloth. The land, itself, is beautiful. The countless lines imbue the land with a texture of its very own. The mountains share the same bloodline as the land. Skill. Talent. Yet, you dare not unleash yourself, it seems. Why?

And what is that which lies in the valleys of those mountains? Water? Snow? Ice? Green sand? What manner of madness is this? What lives in those valleys, and why have you chosen to waste them?

The water is green, as well, it seems. I remain unsure in what I think of this. If you turn it blue, it may destroy it. The texture of it, however - Wow! Just wow! You seem to have mastered the hardest skills, while remaining untested in the least challenging aspects of cartography.

I can't draw a stick man, but you possess the skills and talents to draw the Mona Lisa in cartographic form.

The dotted lines are a blight. There's far too many dots in those dotted paths to places adorned with a lack of imagination in constructed form. Those structures don't look ugly, mind you, but something about them seems to just be lacking. Maybe it's the fact that there's not enough of them, or the fact that they lend to the tortured scaling that assails this land.

The zigzag in the northwest of the land, that darts to and from tree to tree, is a distraction of an unsavory sort. It doesn't blend well, and it continues its cartographic abomination through the lands of the southwest of the map. What, exactly and specifically, is that supposed to be, anyway? In any event, it is amiss.

Lalaithion
11-26-2012, 05:52 PM
I agree that the trees are a bit big; also, they look like they are floating, so I would make the trees cast a shadow. Also, the river-like thing doesn't look much like a river. (Is it a river? Did I look at it wrong?)