View Full Version : Val Nevan by Blaidd Drwg

09-22-2012, 05:17 AM

Created in: Pencils / Pen / Paper / Photoshop

Blaidd Drwg's city of Val Nevan (modelled on traditional 17th Century 'bird's eye' view maps) uses both natural media and Digital painting to best effect. The line art was done traditionally using micron pens, scanned and coloured in photoshop.

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... 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

Original threads
Click here to view the Finished Map thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?19378-City-of-Val-Nevan)

09-23-2012, 04:46 PM
Congrats and well deserved. This is one of my favorite maps here on the guild.

09-24-2012, 03:05 AM
Congrats Blaidd Drwg, I absolutely agree with Clercon.


09-24-2012, 05:04 AM
Wow great job
we can feel the pleasure you had

09-24-2012, 09:31 AM
It's almost impossible to praise this map highly enough, and it is a most well deserved addition to the cartographer's choices.

09-29-2012, 08:51 AM
Perfect handdrawings makes this map one of my favorite maps.

10-06-2012, 11:41 AM
This looks so very detailed and atmospheric. Impressive!

10-08-2012, 08:03 AM
A very nice city complete with a castle! Nice work on this one....

Blaidd Drwg
10-09-2012, 02:50 PM
Better late than never: thank you all very much for your kind comments. And it's absolutely fantastic to see my map on the front page with all the other CC maps. =D

10-11-2012, 07:34 AM
Love it! I always like this style too.


11-26-2012, 02:23 PM
Beautiful map

11-26-2012, 02:59 PM
This is a great piece. It has an authentic old feel in its style. I really like it.

12-04-2012, 10:07 PM
Lovely. The little hand-drawn details like the trees and text are particularly great! Congrats.

12-10-2012, 08:14 PM
This is a beautiful map!

01-09-2013, 09:47 AM
You have to now that your map is actually my desktop background. I think it is a good summary of what I think about your work. :D

Blaidd Drwg
01-11-2013, 08:13 AM
You have to now that your map is actually my desktop background. I think it is a good summary of what I think about your work. :D

Hahaha, that is awesome :D Thanks!

Ken E Baker
01-11-2013, 08:24 AM
This is one of the most beautiful city maps that I have come across. I love the watercolour look - it goes so well with the pen and ink :) This is just great!

Ken E Baker
01-11-2013, 08:34 AM
Yeah, that is what makes it for me :) You can see the human hand behind the map...

01-12-2013, 02:17 PM
Very Nice. Classic feel, & easy to get lost and imagine what each building holds.

01-31-2013, 07:51 AM
So I just started to use this site today. First map that pops up on my screen is yours. I immediately register and account just so I can see this picture bigger. So basically you are the whole reason I joined.

02-06-2013, 10:44 AM
Awesome map indeed . I love the fact that you made it with pen and paper and PC both . Really nice job .

02-10-2013, 12:05 PM
This is probably my favorite map on here. Love the lettering and the dull coloring - if it was bright, it would not be quite as nice. Did you do the border by hand? I ask cause it looks like each block is a little bit different but it would make sense if you did that on the computer, cause it is one monotonus task.

Again, great job.

02-13-2013, 08:43 PM
This is absolutely incredible. I've only been here for a few days, but so far this is definitely my favorite map. Absolutely exquisite.

02-15-2013, 09:14 PM
Love it. It reminds me of Joan Blaeu's work on something like the city of Moscow in 1665.

02-25-2013, 06:08 AM
Great work! It has a very authentic feel to it.

03-09-2013, 02:48 AM
nice work
has a lot of heart

Bruce Fergusson
05-30-2014, 03:16 AM
Awesome! The details work so well to create the overall texture of the map.

12-15-2014, 12:39 PM
Just amazing, it's always a pleasure working in pen and then coloring digitally. Really nice result here.

02-12-2015, 10:00 AM
just perfect...

04-15-2015, 10:02 PM
Welp, I was looking for a different style to try for my first city map. You've inspired me. :)

08-24-2015, 12:56 AM
Incredible work! Keep it up!