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Todd Payne
07-17-2012, 10:08 PM
So this is my first attempt at mapping on anything other than a piece of paper.

I used Tear's wonderful Saderan tutorial - which basically entailed me relearning a lot of things I already knew about Photoshop. Honestly, going from photo-retouching to mapping is not as easy as it seems.

Anyway...

This is Abraon (the Gaelic word for "April" with a direct translation of "rainfall"). It is the world that I write short stories in; however, most of my stories have been set around the one area (southern area of the main continent, near the large lake with the island in the centre) and I'd never fully mapped the rest of the world. So it is a work (and world) in progress.


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Todd Payne
07-18-2012, 06:47 AM
Rejigged the rivers - and a couple of mountains - because I wasn't happy with them.

Now to work out map-markers and labels...


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Obbehobbe
07-18-2012, 06:55 AM
If you are going for a realistic touch of a map, I would add some more sub-rivers to the existing ones. If this is a map over the whole world, and if the size of the planet is similar to earth, then the mountains may be too huge or beveled.
Overall, I like the colors, and the texture on the ground and forest are nice. Maybe to much depth on the forests though.

But this is my personal ramble of course. It's always hard to judge the work of others, because nothing is right or wrong. :)

Todd Payne
07-18-2012, 07:03 AM
Overall, the continent is about the same size as South America.

I'm still not 100% happy with the mountains - though I seem to sway from too bevelled to too soft. So that'll take a bit of work. And I definitely agree with the forests. Again, trying to find a happy medium.

But thank you for the feedback :)

Schwarzkreuz
07-19-2012, 09:49 AM
I like your start here. You coudl use different Colors for the terrain if the climate is different from the far north to the deep south of your map. Here most of it still looks a bit too coherent for such a large continent.

Todd Payne
07-21-2012, 08:52 PM
I like your start here. You coudl use different Colors for the terrain if the climate is different from the far north to the deep south of your map. Here most of it still looks a bit too coherent for such a large continent.

I haven't finalised the colours yet because I'm still trying to get myself to a landform that I'm happy with. The north of the map will definitely be more snow-laden though, so I will be introducing some whites and light-blues, I think.

Currently in the process of considering a style change though. Playing with a couple of options to see if I can find something to suit myself.

Todd Payne
07-24-2012, 07:59 AM
Okay new direction for the map. Rivers are "placeholders" from Wilbur until I'm ready to draw them in properly.

Busy placing mountains at the moment, using Vhailor27/Ramah's Aronbor brushes. Once they're done, will add colour and texture to them.

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Seraphine_Harmonium
07-24-2012, 07:04 PM
Alright, this could turn out well. I think the transition from warmer to colder lands is too sudden, though. I'd say blend the colors where they meet.

Todd Payne
07-24-2012, 07:30 PM
Alright, this could turn out well. I think the transition from warmer to colder lands is too sudden, though. I'd say blend the colors where they meet.

Yea, I will blend them together better. I just hadn't bothered yet because how blending I'll need will depend on mountain placement.