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Sapiento
12-30-2012, 07:23 AM
I'm playing around with a new symbol set and that's the result so far.

Done in PS.

Schwarzkreuz
12-30-2012, 07:48 AM
Looks good so far, how many Active sets you you have? I liked the Hybergia a Lot.

Clercon
12-30-2012, 08:52 AM
Looks really good. Two small things though, if you don't mind. The hills are a bit pointy, if you understand what I mean. This especially shines through where you have a cluster of them on their own. Also the longitude/latitude lines, that look really good, are a bit strong imo, that gives the feeling of the landmass floating on top of the sea. Maybe if you tone them down a bit. But that is just nitpicking. The new styleset look really good.

Jaxilon
12-30-2012, 11:11 AM
Looks great to me too. There is one thing that made me wonder though:

Are those stumps really huge trees because they are bigger than mountain ranges?

Sapiento
12-30-2012, 12:37 PM
Looks good so far, how many Active sets you you have? I liked the Hybergia a Lot.

Thank you!
Maybe half a dozen sets that I use currently and some older ones.


Looks great to me too. There is one thing that made me wonder though:

Are those stumps really huge trees because they are bigger than mountain ranges?

Thanks! No trees - huge rocks.



Looks really good. Two small things though, if you don't mind. The hills are a bit pointy, if you understand what I mean. This especially shines through where you have a cluster of them on their own. Also the longitude/latitude lines, that look really good, are a bit strong imo, that gives the feeling of the landmass floating on top of the sea. Maybe if you tone them down a bit. But that is just nitpicking. The new styleset look really good.

Thank you.
I have to guess what you mean with 'pointy' - so maybe a lower contrast to the background could ease this problem.

Schwarzkreuz
12-30-2012, 07:18 PM
Personaly i dont like low contrasts, i would just draw some less pointy variations.

Jaxilon
01-01-2013, 01:18 AM
LOL, I see it clearly now. I don't know what I was thinking before!

Thrum
01-04-2013, 03:50 PM
Very nice, clean work. I like it a lot, and I really like your compass rose!

Flatrabbit
01-07-2013, 12:36 AM
I love this. It was seeing this map on DeviantArt that led me here. I'd really like to something in this style (des t have a name?). Any thoughts on where to begin? In going to hopefully start drawing coastlines on my Cintiq in PS5. CHEERS. THANKS.

Sapiento
01-07-2013, 02:35 AM
I love this. It was seeing this map on DeviantArt that led me here. I'd really like to something in this style (des t have a name?). Any thoughts on where to begin? In going to hopefully start drawing coastlines on my Cintiq in PS5. CHEERS. THANKS.

Thank you. It doesn't have a special name - at least I can't think of one. Try to work on symbols, they have a great impact on the look of the map.

Flatrabbit
01-07-2013, 02:36 AM
Can you give me an example? Or a link with an example? Thanks.

Sapiento
01-07-2013, 05:11 AM
Can you give me an example? Or a link with an example? Thanks.

Try these: Tutorials by Djekspek on deviantART (http://djekspek.deviantart.com/gallery/34669381)

Hai-Etlik
01-07-2013, 11:11 PM
The symbols are pretty, but those lines in the background make no sense at all. It looks like you confused rhumb lines with a polar azimuthal graticule. The compass is also a bit impractical as it doesn't have any sharp points or lines other than at north. That makes it much harder to figure out the directions accurately, which is the whole point of a compass rose.

I also agree with Clercon about the "floating" look. It might be that white halo around the land, or maybe that the texture doesn't seem to match up between the land and the water, as if they were drawn on different pieces of paper or parchment and then glued together.

Flatrabbit
01-07-2013, 11:53 PM
The compass is also a bit impractical as it doesn't have any sharp points or lines other than at north. That makes it much harder to figure out the directions accurately, which is the whole point of a compass rose.

It's a compass rose. If you know North, you can figure out the other directions. If you can't, you shouldn't be on the sea or in possession of an expensive map. Take your A back to the shire. I have a watch without numbers but I can still tell time.

Just sayin.

- Max -
01-08-2013, 12:24 AM
Somehow, Flatrabbit seems to have a point about the compass. But well, I agreed about the floating look too. Still a very nice map!

Hai-Etlik
01-08-2013, 10:54 PM
It's a compass rose. If you know North, you can figure out the other directions. If you can't, you shouldn't be on the sea or in possession of an expensive map. Take your A back to the shire. I have a watch without numbers but I can still tell time.

Just sayin.

A compass rose is essentially a specialized and carefully aligned protractor built into the map. It's there to allow a navigator to figure out how directions on the map relate to real world compass bearings PRECISELY, not just in a vague, "east is over there" sort of way. That's also why you don't generally see them on modern maps except for navigational charts: compass bearings aren't important for most maps, and many maps don't even preserve bearings. anyway. Compass roses are not just pretty decorations, they have a particular function and that function is the reason they look the way they do.

Sapiento
01-09-2013, 02:27 AM
The compass and the lines are decorative elements. The main purpose of the map was to try a new style and not a correct navigational map. But I keep this in mind for other maps.

The white around the map shall symbolize flat waters. For me it's not floating, but I know that my eye is accustomed to this kind of style.

Kaleopolitus
01-09-2013, 06:51 PM
Props to you man! I'll be using this map in a very private trial D&D game that I'll be DMing. This site is amazing for maps of any kind, and yours stood out as PERFECT to fill in with content!

Sapiento
01-10-2013, 01:18 AM
Props to you man! I'll be using this map in a very private trial D&D game that I'll be DMing. This site is amazing for maps of any kind, and yours stood out as PERFECT to fill in with content!

Have fun with it.