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Freehand 5.5
01-04-2013, 09:47 PM
I just finished a map of the City of Erbsburg (peacastle) for a german Fantasy RPG.
Original data is A4 and 600 dpi.


Erbsburg has 2200 inhabitants, 300 of them are elves living in the elven quarter.

The lineart and typo is made by hand with black ink and calligraphy pens and
copic multiliners of different sizes. Not in one piece but many pieces being
scanned and composed in Photoshop.
The colours were made in PS, too.

Despite the fact that the map is finished I would like to hear some thoughts of
how to improve because there are plenty future village and city projects to come.

01-05-2013, 08:37 AM
I like the style of only drawing/marking the very important buildings in the city. I hadn't really thought of doing it that way before. I'll have to try that in the future. I also really like your coat of arms.

Freehand 5.5
01-05-2013, 02:10 PM
The style of showing only important buildings came from the need of the game quite naturally.
In RPG adventures you have to visit special places for doing important things, meeting special persons and getting crucial clues for the plot.
That sort of map supports that type of gameplay.

01-05-2013, 05:59 PM
Nice style and calligraphy but I'd prefer that you'd colored the city as well - now everything else is colored.

Freehand 5.5
01-05-2013, 08:49 PM
My son had a few suggestions and a friend of mine found two typos, so I retouched the
whole thing to add some more detail.


It took me far longer than I wanted to work on it. I definitely close this
project now. More maps are waiting ...

Thanks Carnifex, I thought about that point quite a time, but I think it
looks more serious/authentic if it isn't coloured. And look at it as the
special touch to let the content inside the city stand out more clearly.

01-05-2013, 09:07 PM
I like the feel of the Map. Also the title banner is superb!

01-06-2013, 02:05 AM
Nice fraktur. You can't beat the little variations of hand-done calligraphy, yet to look good everything has to be evenly *almost* the same. You've achieved that well.

I've done some hand-drawn and separately hand lettered maps, digitally composited. In my case I was just terrified one blotch would ruin hours of otherwise perfectly mediocre work ;-).

The buildings are great too. I can't figure out the elven quarter- do they have a hedge instead of a wall?

01-06-2013, 03:25 AM
that's a lovely example of a handdrawn map - especially the header and typography. nicely done.

Freehand 5.5
01-11-2013, 04:24 PM
@ Schwarzkreuz and voropohaiah:
I watched Harry Potter III some days ago and was inspired by the calligraphy in the end titles.
So the banner was made in the style of the invisible map of the school.

the fraktur letters are really not the best, I have to admit. Every master scribe would let me write that again - 10 times. ;) But I liked the chaotic style because it is for a medieval fantasy game. And the city isn't very great. So I didn't even draw base lines.
Meanwhile I write long enough to avoid blotches, but in the case of this map I wrote the typo completely off the map and inserted it with photoshop.
And: yes, you're right. The elves have some living hedges to protect their part of the city. :)

btw: the signature (TM) is a hint to the Erbsburger cartographer Thomasus Mormann. He lives in a little house near the south gate, where he is selling his maps. My next project could be his map of Deutschen.

- Max -
01-13-2013, 10:49 PM
Very nice hand-drawn job. Special mention on the header! Time to get some rep...

01-14-2013, 03:01 PM
Very nice hand-drawn job. Special mention on the header! Time to get some rep...

Yes, as soon as the broken link in the 'Finished Map' section is fixed :)

01-21-2013, 08:35 PM
Has a nice old map feel. Well done!

Blaidd Drwg
01-22-2013, 09:53 AM
Lovely! I don't see much wrong with the writing, seriously. It may not be 'master scribe' quality, but it's still very pretty. Love the banner and castle, too.
Have some rep :D

Jordan A. Dunham
01-28-2013, 05:02 AM
Yes, the map seems kinda simple on the first look but it's very professional designed!

I like the method of describing the important building with numbers and notes at the lower left edge. *thumbs up*

Freehand 5.5
01-28-2013, 06:23 AM
Thank's a lot to all of you. The comments make me very happy.