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Poison
06-22-2012, 07:22 AM
Hey all!
After hiding in the shadowy corners of this great forum I've finally decided to start posting! I'm pretty much a novice at cartography, though I do have quite some experience with Photoshop. My love for maps stems mostly from video games, fantasy books and a fondness of displaying a lot of information in a compact, clear way.
I'm a little intimidated by the skill of some people here, but I guess that just means there is a lot to learn for me!

This is a map I made for my RPG group some months back, my very first complete map. Unfortunately the GM didn't allow me to make it any more detailed - it was supposed to be a cheap paper map we bought from someone. In the world the forests are probably a bit less blotchy, and there might be some roads between the Western and middle cities. (And a thanks to Schwarzkreuz (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?17148-Map-Brush-Set-Arden-Set-no-1-3) for the brushes!) Another project of mine should be ready to post today.
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Oh, and my hands smell of brownies right now. Thought you should know. Any questions?

arsheesh
06-22-2012, 08:05 AM
Welcome to the Guild Poison. Not a bad little map you've got there. The forest pattern repeats a bit, but otherwise it looks good, and perfect for a D&D handout.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Poison
06-22-2012, 08:13 AM
Thanks! And yeah, the forest's repetitiveness is a bit bothersome, especially when looking at the thumbnail. Do you have any tips to reduce this, other than doing the entire forest by hand?

domnic
06-22-2012, 09:34 AM
That... that is beautiful. You wise person, waiting till you were really good before posting! ;)

Off-topic a bit... but I find the beauty of your maps strangely complements your username. Poison = "venom", which is ultimately cognate with the name of the goddess "Venus" - who is clearly residing in your map there! xD

One little tip that occurs to me, just to return the favour. ;) At a first glance I wasn't sure which lines were rivers and which were roads. I mean it's obvious when you look at it, but still... I would have made the roads a bit more distinct than lines. By the way historically, on Northern European maps, I have read that roads weren't usually included until the seventeenth century - which is why I leave them out, which makes my life easier. :P

Poison
06-22-2012, 10:17 AM
Haha, thanks for the compliments, Dominic! Not sure if I deserve them, but thanks nonetheless.

Your comments about not being able to distinguish the roads and rivers clearly is a good one. Some use of colour could help, I guess. I feel the rivers are too wide (they're wider than most cities!) but unfortunately I'm tied to GM sketches there.

Gidde
06-24-2012, 09:05 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

Lyandra
06-28-2012, 12:36 AM
That's a Great first map! Well done, Poison! :)

EDIT: As to the forest. Ramah's TreeThing (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11361-TreeThing) is certainly worth trying out, its actually awesome and very helpful in making quick and beautiful looking forests. :)

Ettrick
06-28-2012, 11:03 PM
Greetings, Poison. When you commented on my 3d map I didn't look at your post count to see that you are also new here. Well met!

And like the others, I am quite impressed with your work.