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Nonsequitur
05-05-2008, 12:39 AM
This is an AD&D2e campaign map for a game that was supposed to happen last summer but fizzled out for various reasons. Basically what I've been doing is sketching out a rough map in MS Paint and then elaborating on the sketch in Photoshop. What can I say? I'm still an apprentice mapmaker.

http://www.cartographersguild.com/picture.php?albumid=3&pictureid=4

Gamerprinter
05-05-2008, 01:04 AM
Uh-oh, you're gonna get "river" critiques, here... ;)

Although large rivers have deltas at the mouth, these are branches of the main river and generally very short, except for the largest rivers.

In every other case, a river does not fork downstream, ever. Forks occur when rivers from different sources join another river moving downstream. The forks point away from the sea, never forking off and reaching the sea separately.

Other than that, nice map. You should check out GIMP, since you fiddle with Photoshop. Lots of tutorials for both here, however. I can't believe the number of people who map with MS Paint (!?)

Welcome - and don't take my criticism too harshly, just a point of geography...

Nonsequitur
05-05-2008, 01:12 AM
Nice call on the rivers. It's something I've never considered, and I guess I'm going to have to brush up on the whole tributary/distributary thing before I dig into my next map.

Torq
05-05-2008, 05:39 AM
Apart from the river issues (You may have to hand yourslef in to the river police) I think your map is great. Lovely style. Clear and eye-catching without resorting to garish and over-saturated colours. Well done. I think that would be a great style to appear at the front of a fantasy novel, assuming there is a single publisher in the world who would not be so skinflint as to insist on black ink on toilet paper, which seems to be the printing norm in the industry.

Torq

Bohunk
05-05-2008, 08:29 AM
Apart from the river issues (You may have to hand yourslef in to the river police) I think your map is great. Lovely style. Clear and eye-catching without resorting to garish and over-saturated colours.

Torq

I can't say it better than this. Beautiful.

ravells
05-05-2008, 08:46 AM
Lovely map! There is a very light green glow in the top left of the continent, I'm not sure what it is meant to signify though. I love your mountains.

SpamValiant
05-05-2008, 09:19 AM
Love the colours
love the coastline
love the labelling
LOVE the mountains (so good to see a new variation, I think I'll have to remember these!)
less convinced by the trees (though I'm struggling to suggest what you could do with them instead. I think they look too regular. I know the mountains are made of repeating patterns, but it's actually not that obvious unless you look for it - maybe make a few handdrawn sections of forest to lay together to match the mountain style and make it less regular?)
and yes, there are some river issues, but far better minds than mine have pointed this out:D

All in all, I really like this, and I can't wait to see what you do with it...

NeonKnight
05-05-2008, 11:02 AM
I wondered about the rivers, briefly and then looked at the scale. I don't have too big a problem with it as it is indicative of a HUGE River delta system, and we have HUGE river delta areas here on Earth, like the one depicted here:

http://www.e-c-h-o.org/khd/images/Delta.jpg

And this area covers an area about as large as the one you haver represented on you rivers in the area of Ten Cities.

RobA
05-05-2008, 04:39 PM
"Nothing to see here. Just your typical river errors. Step along."

-Rob (River Police) A>

Sigurd
05-05-2008, 04:46 PM
I agree that the rivers might be too be as probable geography but... If the size represented the extent to which they are navigable that would be a decent justification for their size.

So tributaries etc... might all exist but the map confines itself to river trade routes.


Sigurd, rationalizer par excellence :).

RobA
05-05-2008, 05:25 PM
It is very reasonable for a map to be symbolic, as Sigurd says. Here is a section of a map where the rivers are drawn proportionate to their flow in CMS, and reservoirs (lakes) are are proportionate to their storage capacity, and lengths are proportionate to the time it takes for the water to move there, all while remaining moderately geographically close...

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-Rob A>

jaerdaph
05-06-2008, 01:42 PM
I really like the color palette choices as well - nicely done. :)

Nonsequitur
05-06-2008, 01:45 PM
Thanks guys for all the praise and helpful critiques. Someone mentioned the trees, and I have to agree that they're a definite weak point. I'm going to try something completely different for my next regional map.

Chgowiz
05-06-2008, 10:45 PM
Thanks guys for all the praise and helpful critiques. Someone mentioned the trees, and I have to agree that they're a definite weak point. I'm going to try something completely different for my next regional map.

Welcome and very cool for Paint/PS.

Good luck on the trees. Right now, they're the bane of my existence for my map. :)

Neurowiz

mathuwm
05-07-2008, 06:13 PM
could be a canal system with its regular width and even banks
great for trade routes