View Full Version : Commision WIP for Dream3r

Seleucus I
08-12-2012, 02:31 PM
I have talked with the author of this (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?19555-Fantasy-region-map-please)thread and we have agreed that I will make a stab at his request. I am working from this base map,

And here is what I have so far:

Next job to do: rivers. Then forests, then towns, then polishing.
Comments, thoughts, and suggestions are welcome.

08-12-2012, 02:59 PM
Interesting take on the mountains.. I like it so far..

08-12-2012, 04:08 PM
The water color is... different. I'm liking the feel it's already giving the map, and liking the whole thing thus far as well. :)

Seleucus I
08-12-2012, 07:29 PM
New WIP showing rough terrain boundaries b/c the pure white land was looking odd in comparison to the water. There's a lot of green because that's sort of the base terrain, and I've only got around to adding the tundra and some ice on top of it. The ice in particular could use some roughening up; the boundary is too smooth at the moment for my tastes. I'm using a lot of gray and dark colors to try and suggest a general cold feel; is this working?

08-12-2012, 08:13 PM
This is working. I would think the mountains would kind of cut off the tundra area, so maybe move it back to the northern edge of the mountains? Otherwise, yes the colors and such are working very well. You sound like you've got the borders figured out, so I'll leave that to you...
Great work thus far. :)

Seleucus I
08-13-2012, 12:45 AM
Last WIP for the day, I swear! Added a border, a map scale (although its presently unlabled, the divisions indicated 25, 50 and 100 miles), and colored the central mountains (around the area label Roh in the base map). I think I've finalized terrain distribution (unless you have any objections, of course, dream3r) and am much happier with the new base terrain color - the previous was too radically different from the tundra to suit the more subtle coloring I wanted to have for this map. I also added a parchment background - the final map will be much more integrated into this background; at the moment its purpose is to provide a preview of sorts and remind me not to forget about it. Tomorrow - rivers (probably) and hills, provided of course, I can make myself draw up some good isometric hill brushes.

Seleucus I
08-13-2012, 10:03 PM
New WIP. I didn't get quite as much done as I thought I might - I'd forgotten how long doing rivers well can take. I did them both by hand, and I'm trying to make sure they have enough kinks to look natural. I tapered them with RobA's amazing GIMP script. I got two of the rivers finished (of a total of five planned) and colored in a lot more of the mountains (the northern tundra ones, and some of the eastern plains mountains as well)

08-13-2012, 11:27 PM
Wow! This is looking great! Nice work.
One question. This may be because I'm simply uninformed, but I thought rivers fanned out from land to sea instead of the other way around? (The rivers are fine, I'm just curious. :|)

Seleucus I
08-14-2012, 01:15 AM
How do you mean? Rivers flow from the highlands to the sea. As they do so, they are joined by other smaller rivers / runoff from rain / other sources of water so that they are wider upon reaching the sea than when they started because they are carrying more water. Does that help? (Many apologies if this sounds sarcastic, I just genuinely don't understand what you're asking)

08-14-2012, 02:34 AM
Dream3r, Seleucus I did make the rivers run from "inland" down to the "ocean", and not "ocean up inland". Of course, that's if I understand you. :P

As for the map Seleucus, I like it and can't wait to see more updates. I also like the water, reminds me of something I just can't put my finger on. Hmm..

08-14-2012, 07:05 AM
Alright, that's cool. I think that was me having a misunderstanding of how rivers work. Thanks for the answer. :D

Seleucus I
08-16-2012, 05:59 PM
New WIP. Rivers are finished, and coloring in the mountains is almost done; there are just a few left in the bottom left hand corner. How is everything looking? Is it coming together well?

08-16-2012, 07:07 PM
I think everything is fitting pretty well. Have you ever tried, instead of painting your rivers over your land, erasing them from the land layer (you would make like a lake, but thin and long)? It is just a personal opinion though.

As for the rest, you are doing a nice job :)

Seleucus I
08-16-2012, 09:21 PM
Ooh, that's an interesting idea! I'll have to try that at some point; I can imagine that it allows the rivers to be more varied in size, instead of just tapering off uniformly as they do on this map. But wouldn't you have more flexibility if instead of erasing them from the land layer, you created an alpha mask for it and painted the rivers in as black? That way, you wouldn't have to worry about losing the land texture if you decided you were unsatisfied with the rivers you made.

Seleucus I
08-22-2012, 09:35 PM
It's been a while since I updated this; school has started back up for me, so the pace of updates will probably slow substantially. However, over the past three days, I drew a selection of cottages to use for the different cultures on the map, unfortunately, when I turned them into brushes, only the romanesque cottage looked any good - the rest were too skewed. Regardless, I went ahead and put the romanesque cottages on the map and colored them. At them moment, I have them for almost all of the Roman-style culture's holdings, I intend to replace some of them with other icons (at least one town, a couple of castles, etc.) Also new on this version is that I have finally finished coloring all of the mountains, and have added some farmland. Comments welcome and encouraged.


08-25-2012, 08:11 AM
If I may... What program did you use to create the cottages and how did you make them?

Seleucus I
08-25-2012, 11:40 AM
I drew them by hand, and then scanned them, loaded them into GIMP, and made them into a grayscale .gih brush. I then placed them on the map, and hand painted them, also in GIMP.

Seleucus I
09-09-2012, 10:42 PM
I managed to find some time for drawing and GIMP this weekend in between homework, and added all of the other villages to the map. Next up: keeps, then castles, then cities.


09-10-2012, 07:11 AM
Cool! I like the use of different villages for the different regions. It's good to hear from you again after a while... :)

Seleucus I
09-15-2012, 11:04 PM
Added Country Names, a Title Card, and finally got around to labeling the map scale. Looking alright? As always, criticism / feedback / thoughts welcome.