View Full Version : [CG Choice Map] City of Val Nevan

Blaidd Drwg
07-12-2012, 04:52 PM
Posting this here because Vorropohaiah said I should ;)


Val Nevan is a city in the conworld I started when I was still running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign (which is long-dead). It is the capital of the Kingdom of Ainemmais, which is in turn one of the kingdoms that make up the greater kingdom of Muyremere. While my D&D-playing days are over, I'm still busy fleshing out that kingdom and drawing the maps is the part I enjoy best. I could write some history, but I fear it would bore everyone to death the way it did my players.

I got most of my inspiration for this map from four things:

the town of Valkenburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkenburg_aan_de_Geul)in the south of the Netherlands. See the sandcastle impression of the monster that may have once dominated the town,
Hochburg Emmendingen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hochburg) in the Black Forest, Germany,
the city of Freiburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiburg_im_Breisgau)(Black Forest, as well),
an old map of Brugge (or Bruges if you will) and
quite a few maps and tutorials I've seen here and on the Guild's DA-page.

As an aside, I suggest you visit these places if you have the opportunity. They are made of awesome :)

Some pics I looked at A LOT: 1 46485 2 46484 4 46483

I had been wanting to do a isometric-y map for a long time, but never felt I'd be able to pull it off. I'd tried a few times using a grid and photohop, but it never looked decent. Then I went back to old-fashioned pen and paper and things started to come together. Thankfully, it turned out to be more of a matter of patience than real drawing skills. Technically, I screwed up quite a lot (accidentally using slightly different projections, mistaking the relative size of buildings, smudging), but because all the houses are so small and there are so many of them, they don't seem to stand out too much if you look at the map as a whole. Just don't zoom in on the houses on the street near the east gate and notice how they all appear to be falling over in one direction or other ;)

It was drawn on A3 paper with pencils and my trusted micron pens, then scanned and coloured in Photoshop. The details like the writing and the coats of arms were done digitally, but to preserve the hand-made look, I printed them out, traced them, and scanned them again. I used a stock image for the aged-paper background, but I have absolutely no idea where I got it, so I can't credit the person responsible. If someone here recognises it, please let me know. ;)

I don't have anything else to tell. It's been tremendous fun to do, your support and advice were awesome, and I'm glad it's done. Thanks for watching :)

Original thread here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?18884-Val-Nevan).

07-12-2012, 05:58 PM
One of the best maps I've seen here. Period.


07-12-2012, 06:21 PM
What else is there to say but what arsheesh said? Period.

07-12-2012, 08:01 PM
What's beyond A-mazing ... twomazings or three-mazings? This is threemazing at least :-).

07-13-2012, 01:41 PM
Fantastic! Repped & Rated! Hope to see it as a next Featured Map :)

Blaidd Drwg
07-13-2012, 03:09 PM
Thanks folks. It's really (what's that word ...) satisfying (?) that people like it so much. :)

07-16-2012, 08:56 AM
now that i can rate this... (again, great job) :)

nice to see the influences too. I'm dying to try my hand at an intricate top-down star-fort map, like the one you linked to.

07-16-2012, 12:18 PM
I agree with arsheesh, this is a fantastic map that is a symbol of what we all would like to achieve:) Deceptively simple, its very elegant in its execution. This could be a map made by a cartographer from the high middle ages:) Bravo!

07-16-2012, 07:57 PM
It's such a beautiful map... I had to tear myself away from looking at it. You put such an insane amount of detail into it. Well done.

07-16-2012, 09:56 PM
I think I already said how awesome this map is on the other forum. It is a very fine piece of art and hugely inspiring.

08-31-2012, 05:14 PM
This a very good map, and I have been noticing that the water color technique makes a warm and inviting environment to explore and wonder what happens in these places. I have been inspired anew!

08-31-2012, 06:00 PM
Lovely work! I always like to see good artists taking the time to work out isometric views.

08-31-2012, 06:05 PM
There's something incredibly charming about this map. I feel like I wanna go down there and take a look at all the buildings up close.

09-01-2012, 06:03 PM
What a fantastic style! The level of detail blows me away. Canals, cathedrals, baileys, turrets.....this reminds me of real Old World maps I researched trying to develop something similar. Meanwhile, here it was the whole time. Man I love the talent drawn (ha ha) to the Guild.

09-02-2012, 04:02 PM
Absolutely fantastic. Great work!

09-02-2012, 05:29 PM
This is for me truely a Cartographers Choice Map! Works like this inspires me again and again.

Blaidd Drwg
09-03-2012, 05:52 AM
Thanks for all the kind words and rep, peeps. Glad you like it! :)

Cunning Cartographer
09-03-2012, 06:04 AM
Great great map. Really reminds me of an L.S. Lowry painting


Also has that scratchy Quentin Blake (illustrator of the Roald Dahl books) as well :) So talent wise you are among good company I reckon.

09-03-2012, 10:45 AM
Really nice work!

09-24-2012, 02:39 PM
Love this map, my favourite now!

09-26-2012, 03:59 PM
awesome work - another map i'll save for future inspiration!

09-26-2012, 04:29 PM
This map made ​​me register on this forum. Awesome!

09-27-2012, 05:18 PM
This is really beautiful work. It's funny that you were inspired in part by a map of Bruges, because the first thing your map reminded me of was a poster of a map of Bruges that we picked up when we were there.

10-23-2012, 09:44 AM
Great work... Reminds me that I have to draw a city map, damn it.

Ken E Baker
01-11-2013, 09:37 AM
One of the best maps I've seen here. Period.


I have to second that. Great to see such talent at work.

01-15-2013, 10:04 PM
Beautiful map! I'm a big fan of isometric city maps from the 16th and 17th centuries, such as those done by Braun and Hogenberg. You've done a great job of reproducing that style.

01-22-2013, 03:07 PM
Beautiful map! I'm a big fan of isometric city maps from the 16th and 17th centuries, such as those done by Braun and Hogenberg. You've done a great job of reproducing that style.

Agreed. I was just looking at a circa 1560 London map, and it's very similar stylisitically.

Blaidd Drwg
01-22-2013, 03:48 PM
Do you mean this gorgeous beast (http://mappery.com/maps/1560-London-Map.jpg)? :D

I would LOVE to have a reproduction of that on my wall.

01-22-2013, 07:36 PM
I like very much the legend but streets are too clean to my opinion.

03-04-2013, 03:31 PM
This looks Fantastic!

03-12-2013, 02:48 PM
This is a great map and a great inspiration.