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ExMachina
07-15-2012, 04:23 PM
Hello fellow guild members!

After a long time away from cartography, I've decided to pick things up where I left them. I got some random 'bouts of inspiration when I was looking at some of my old work. I hope that this will end up being a series of maps covering the whole world of Erathion, and that the completed maps will serve as inspiration for future endeavors. I welcome all comments, criticisms and suggestions. :)

:compass: Current WIP 7/17/2012

http://www.pictureshack.us/thumbs/52896_Erathion.jpg (http://www.pictureshack.us/view_52896_Erathion.jpg)

As of now, I've pretty much just fleshed out the details on the island chain and toyed with some other areas of the map. I'm not entirely pleased with some of the base terrain colors to the south and east and feel as though they need some work.

arsheesh
07-15-2012, 07:30 PM
Looking fantastic so far, can't wait to see it finished.

Cheers,
-ARsheesh

Eilathen
07-16-2012, 06:14 AM
Jep, looks really good. Looking forward to its development. Have some rep.!

Diamond
07-16-2012, 11:59 PM
Looks great so far; I really like your settlement symbols - very easy to tell what's what, and everything is legible. I was even able to tell that 'Teer' was the name of that river, and not the name of the island.

ExMachina
07-17-2012, 08:50 PM
Thanks a lot for the comments! :)

I've been continuing to work at the map, I usually take a crack at in small increments throughout the day...I added a lot of place names, tweaked the colors of the map, etc. What do you guys think of my mountains? I find that that's what I have the most trouble with and I'm never pleased with how they come out.

Also, is the map too busy? I like the feeling of a full and rich map with lots of places to name. :P

Here's the latest WIP:

http://www.pictureshack.us/thumbs/52896_Erathion.jpg (http://www.pictureshack.us/view_52896_Erathion.jpg)

Comments always appreciated.

Diamond
07-19-2012, 03:53 PM
I think the mountains look great. I'm torn about the 'busyness' issue. I like all the place names, it really adds depth and history to the map, but it can start to overwhelm things if you're not careful. Right now I think you've got a good balance. One thing you might try is adding a fairly low-key dark stroke to your shorelines, to help them stand out just a touch more underneath the text. Looking awesome all in all though!

Ourea
07-19-2012, 04:39 PM
Wow. That's really amazing! I think the mountains look superb. I agree with Diamond - I'm really torn about the busyness. I think having so much detail definitely gives it a certain unique feel, and a really intense feeling of there being a lot of history behind the map. It really brings the world alive. At the same time, I wouldn't make the entire map this way, I think. It would become overwhelming after a certain point.

Anyway, I really look forward to seeing this one completed.

Schwarzkreuz
07-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Hey Guys, is it not normal on a map to be crowded? Last time I looked into an Atlas there where at least 2.000 names on a page...

And the idea with the little flaggs next to your Capitols is fantastic, also all your map symbols! Rep!

Lukc
07-20-2012, 07:16 AM
I think it looks beautiful! Can't wait for the finished version!

vorropohaiah
07-20-2012, 08:57 AM
Hey Guys, is it not normal on a map to be crowded? Last time I looked into an Atlas there where at least 2.000 names on a page...

And the idea with the little flaggs next to your Capitols is fantastic, also all your map symbols! Rep!

this! very true. nice key and labelling

Diamond
07-21-2012, 04:17 PM
Hey Guys, is it not normal on a map to be crowded? Last time I looked into an Atlas there where at least 2.000 names on a page...

True, but most atlases are also basic four-color maps without all the awesome terrain work that this map has. It would be a shame to completely cover all that up...

ExMachina
07-23-2012, 12:54 AM
True, but most atlases are also basic four-color maps without all the awesome terrain work that this map has. It would be a shame to completely cover all that up...

Thanks for the compliment. :)

Some areas are going to be more busy then others, I think. The area I'm working on now is akin to Europe so naturally places end up more densely packed...but northern Vesta and the eastern portions of Asteria will likely be more open.

Rittmeister_Krefeld
07-23-2012, 10:18 AM
I think the road, with the circle symbols, is making things even busier. maybe if it was a simple brown road, it would unclutter things a little bit more.

Lalaithion
07-24-2012, 08:27 PM
I think if you shrunk your font size a bit, for the less important places, that would make it seem less cluttered.

Schwarzkreuz
07-26-2012, 02:36 PM
Hi, I liked your Icons so much that I adapted them in my own style. I hope thats ok for you?

ExMachina
07-27-2012, 06:23 PM
Hi, I liked your Icons so much that I adapted them in my own style. I hope thats ok for you?

Of course that's okay! Glad my art was an inspiration...can you post a link to it so I can see it?

Thanks for the continued comments guys, I've been busy and lacking a bit in inspiration recently but I hope to kick start things this weekend. :)

vorropohaiah
07-30-2012, 06:24 AM
looking at the map again, im wondering do you really need the yellow star icon to denote a capital as the capitals also have the regional flag attached? or will this not be the case with all regions?

other than that, i think this is looking great. a bit too photorealistic for my tastes, but well done (and the business of the names is all part and parcel of a well-thought-out atlas, so thats just a plus to me!). maybe making trade-routes and roads a solid line rather than dotted might help?