View Full Version : Looking for Help, Looking for a Collaborator

12-07-2012, 03:56 PM

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing website because I am in love with maps. Being a role-player for more than 30 years, and now an author, I've had to learn how to make maps. However, all of my maps are done by hand on paper, and I have zero skill with mapping software, nor do I have time to learn those programs.

What I am looking for here is someone who can work with me in designing maps for the worlds of my books. I can draw rough maps, and explain what I am imagining, but I lack the skill to make the maps look good, let alone come to life. If there were a "help wanted" section on this website, I'd use it.

If you would like to breathe visual life into the worlds I am breathing literary life into, then I want to talk to you. If you know someone who might be interested, please either let me know, or pass this request along to them.

I fully intend to use the maps made for me here in the publishing of my books, so there is the prospect of that recognition in the future.

Please message me if interested, or if you can help. Thanks!

12-07-2012, 04:10 PM
Welcome to the guild! You're sure to find someone to help you out, and it sounds like you've got some interesting projects in the works ^-^ Good luck! There's also a requests section in the mapmaking resources section of the forum, at the bottom of the main forum page.

- Kestrelgrey

12-17-2012, 03:00 AM
Hey, just e-mailed you with this, but here's the first pass on the map.


Let me know what you think ^-^

12-17-2012, 11:00 PM
This is lovely so far. I've emailed you more details. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

12-18-2012, 04:02 AM
The First pass is fine.

12-28-2012, 01:06 AM
Alright, here's the next pass on the map. Not all geographic features are in place - some forests and jungles left to put in, and I want to clean up the rivers. Also a few islands to place around Jala-Quey, and I'm still working on the glow effect around the text - I want the text to be visible and easily legible, but I don't want to overwhelm the map itself. The rivers between the lakes are also somewhat of a first pass, here. Technospiritualist likens these lakes to the Great Lakes of North America, so I'm going to look at maps of those lakes and maybe workout how to connect the lakes better (or rather, in a more "realistic" way).


Feedback is always welcome, even if it doesn't make it onto this map ^.^

12-28-2012, 12:05 PM

Looks good. If I were to offer some feedback, I'd recommend blurring or somehow removing the "pixel" look of the coastline. That was the first thing I noticed. Of course, its a work in progress so you were probably planning on doing that anyways. I really like the old feel to it. What are you using to make it? I'm a GIMP man myself...

12-28-2012, 12:07 PM
Also, maybe a light brown glow instead of white for the lettering... (Just a suggestion)

01-05-2013, 03:19 AM
Alright, finally got around to updating this map. Didn't get a whole lot done, but I added some more forest in the south, moved the western islands closer to the main continent, and added some islands in the southeast. I also threw on some preliminary political borders just to check on that and see where those will go, but they really don't fit in. I'm more interested in finished the geography at the moment, but I thought I should see where the political borders will be going. Any suggestions would be appreciated ^-^


01-05-2013, 11:07 AM
Hey kestrelgrey, this is coming along nicely. I think I'd like to see just a splash of color to help offset the earth tone dominance going on so far. Maybe city symbols / compass rose elements can do this, in any case nice progress, good job, and alittle rep for helping out the OP.

01-15-2013, 11:25 AM
Moved to the mapmaking requests forum because it's a better place for it. Carry on gentlemen.

01-28-2013, 02:30 AM
@ Jaxilon - thanks ^^;

@ all - thanks for the feedback! It's been quite awhile since I last was able to update the map, but I've managed to get quite a bit more done. I finished the forests, and added in the jungles and the swamp area (oops - forgot the dry lands area just north of the swamp). I also did a second pass of the political borders. I like that there's now some color on the map, but at the same time I'm not sure it really fits the overall map style. I'm actually just now thinking that solid, semi-transparent colored lines, probably on top of everything but the labels, sort of like that "highlighter" effect on some old maps might be better, instead of the glow.

As the map stands now, however, I think it's wrapping up pretty well. Again, any and all feedback is very much appreciated!


01-31-2013, 07:12 PM
Another quick update - added in the "drylands", labeled Drylands & Putrid Swamp, and modified the colors of the forests and jungles slightly to bring out the green. I'm still not sure the political borders are the best they could be, but they work well enough (for now).