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Ramah
12-06-2012, 01:26 PM
Hey there,

I thought I'd give an early peak on where my returning mapping drive is taking me. This is mainly Perdon, an important country in my land of Vaniya...

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This is my second attempt at mapping this region. I once started a version in the same style as the Aronbor regional but I lost interest/had no time and so it got shelved. I decided to dust it off and remake it in an updated style. I'm aiming for a vibrant look that is quite removed from its western counterpart.

I've redrawn everything - coastline, mountains, hills, trees etc.

The labels on it, however, are a throwback to the previous version so feel free to discount them as I haven't adjusted them at all.

I'm actually quite surprised at how well the elements on the map have lined up as I really didn't think I was that slavish to what was already there. :)

Eilathen
12-06-2012, 02:05 PM
Very nice! Already loved your old style a lot, but i think the new style will be beautiful as well. Looking very much forward to seeing it finished.
Good to have you back, Ramah!

arsheesh
12-06-2012, 07:04 PM
Welcome back Ramah, great to see you back in the saddle.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
12-06-2012, 09:09 PM
Ooh, the pretty!! Must have more!! :D

Schwarzkreuz
12-08-2012, 07:56 AM
Nice to welcome back lost Brothers in Craft. I cant wait to see more

Vellum
12-08-2012, 12:20 PM
Whew, nice work, I can see the search function getting a work out ;)

Ramah
02-09-2013, 02:03 PM
I thought I'd update on where this map is headed currently. Not long after I made the last post I decided to bite the bullet and combine the two maps of Perdon and Aronbor into one map. To do this I also had to extend it a little from the previous joined image I made so that it made more sense to me in what countries it misses off.

Here is an image of the new joined map showing the extensions I am adding...

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Those two maps are the original sizes of... umm... 4000 x 3000 ish, so as you can see this new map is pretty large. 9000 x 7000 or something. Anywho, I managed to spend the last few days getting some work done on it and here is where I am at now...

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Obviously, I've toned down the vibrancy that I was aiming for in the last post as it just wasn't working with some of the new stuff I added.

mearrin69
02-09-2013, 04:37 PM
Looking very nice! I want to see those mountains close up! :)
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Ramah
02-09-2013, 04:56 PM
Ask and ye shall receive. :)

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Greason Wolfe
02-09-2013, 07:31 PM
Um . . . What can I say but WOW!

Great work Ramah

GW

Naeddyr
02-10-2013, 03:25 AM
The detailed brushes are just beautiful, soft. What are you going to do with that empty space up north? Here there be [insert things here]?

foremost
02-11-2013, 08:47 AM
Very interesting map. I like the tall mountain(s) in the middle a lot, along with the border. With the darker colors it all fits along nicely. Be interested to see where it goes from here!

Vellum
02-11-2013, 11:05 AM
Ramah good job here, nice brushes, thanks for the inspiration!! And some Rep for it!!

Ramah
02-12-2013, 10:50 AM
Thanks guys.

I'm about half way through roughing in the labels and need to take a break so it seemed like a good time to update. I've dragged across the labels from the Aronbor map, which I am using as a starting point and updating from there. Some of the features in Aronbor have changed a little though so they need adjusting in places. I've decided to ditch the iso symbols in favour of some basic shape icons for this map, so all the little houses etc. in Aronbor will also be disappearing.
As for the new labels I've added, they are only roughed in at the moment and will probably change in size, colour, positioning, angle and possibly font too.

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Eilathen
02-12-2013, 01:53 PM
Wow...this is really beautiful! I'd wish that you'd give us a higher resolution so that we could zoom in more...to see all the glorious details.

Oh and if i am wishing already...any chance you will talk about the setting? The history and background of all those nice places we see on that map? Yeah, i'm a roleplayer...does it show?! :P :D

arsheesh
02-12-2013, 02:51 PM
This is just Stunning Ramah. It's good to see you back in the saddle.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

vorropohaiah
02-12-2013, 03:05 PM
i love the border on this one

- Max -
02-12-2013, 04:21 PM
Sure a fine piece of work! Though not a great fan of Tusj font that don't really fit the others fonts used on the map imho.

Green-Pilgrim
02-14-2013, 07:26 PM
Does anyone know what this type of map is called? Is there a specific term for the style of art used in these maps?

They're not exactly "Topographic" but calling them "Tolkienesque" seems a bit over-kill.

Help?

-GP

vorropohaiah
02-14-2013, 07:53 PM
I'd call it fantastical, as its not like anything found in the real-world (at least that I'm aware of)

maquesh
02-15-2013, 08:53 AM
Ramah: I'm very curious about more or less every part of the process for this. Is a lot of it handmade?

Thordred
02-15-2013, 10:07 AM
This is my favorite map on the entire forum.

Ramah
02-16-2013, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the comments, people.

Max, I had no intention of keeping the Tusj font - that was a throwback to the previous Aronbor/Perdon version. I'd say don't worry but I feel that my choice of font to replace it may be equally or maybe even more divisive. I'm hoping it works for others though as I really like it.

Maquesh: The forests are created using TreeThing but everything else is hand drawn.

So... update time. I meant to say for the last update that there had been some geological movement that had created a dozen or so new rivers. Well this time it has been ever more pronounced and with another 4 or 5 rivers comes a bunch of new hills and some ground rupturing - especially around the Sundered Mounts region.
I've also added a slew of new labels but I still have stacks more to do. :S

I've also added some rhumb lines courtesy of Schwarzkreuz's brush so cheers for that. :)

Anyway, here's the image...

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- Max -
02-16-2013, 08:18 PM
I like the new font :) That's some kind of detail (but details also makes great maps) but I especially like the way you centered the rhumb lines on the labels.

Eilathen
02-17-2013, 07:08 AM
I still have the same wishes/questions as on the last page ;)


I'd wish that you'd give us a higher resolution so that we could zoom in more...to see all the glorious details.

Oh and if i am wishing already...any chance you will talk about the setting? The history and background of all those nice places we see on that map? Yeah, i'm a roleplayer...does it show?! :P :D

Ramah
02-17-2013, 08:48 AM
Oh, sorry Eilathen.

At some stage I will put up a larger image, once I have all the labels put in, but for now I'm going to keep it smaller. I am currently posting it at 25% size so there is a lot of expansion to show.
As to the history and background of the setting... I will try to give a little info when I post it in the Finished Maps section. If I recall correctly I did post some tidbits of info in the original Vaniya and Aronbor Finished Map threads. I guess as you are interested (thanks for that) then I will try and go into a little more detail when I post it up. :)

Ramah
04-12-2013, 04:00 PM
Hey there,

I thought I'd upload the latest version of my Vaniya map. I still have lots of labels to sort out on it and the roads need adjusting and I need to redo the trees and.... still quite a bit to do. But as I haven't touched it for a while and I'm not sure when I will then I may as well put it up as it is for now.

This version is at 50% size and compressed a little to keep file size down.

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Will Brawner
04-12-2013, 04:24 PM
This should be a cartographer's choice for sure! I rarely see maps that are so artistic and informative at the same time. I especially like the border.

ravells
04-12-2013, 05:17 PM
heh, everything Ramah draws should be Cartographers Choices!

siby
04-13-2013, 09:07 PM
Jeebus! What a beautiful map. I stared at it for a while admiring and learning from the way you did stuff on it.

You are a cartographic master.

Eilathen
04-14-2013, 07:52 AM
Ramah, this is outstanding! It's not just a map, it's art!
For my taste, there are better mountains, but the overall composition, how the map as a whole is presented, is near to perfect. I love it!
Now the only thing remaining is: 1) a full resolution version and 2) a write up of the world itself so that roleplayers can start playing ;)

Have some Rep.!