View Full Version : hand drawn regional diversion

01-07-2013, 12:01 PM
A little bedtime diversion here, I was getting frustrated on targan's rut so I needed a break :( This was just a doodle for a region, nothing in particular to a story line, although I named this Swift Fish Larb, LOL . Ink and some pencil shading, comments welcome, enjoy


- Max -
01-07-2013, 12:14 PM
Pretty one! Im looking forward to see what you're doing with it...

01-07-2013, 04:47 PM
Nice. Out of interest, how long did it take you?

01-07-2013, 07:52 PM
THW might be hard to say 4 hours, little less than 5 hrs the way it stands. did the pencil rough in 15 minutes or so, then a couple hours last night and a couple this morning with the inkwork.

01-07-2013, 09:37 PM
That's a nice result for 5 hours work. I used to be able to do that, but I'm out of practice, now. Might try dusting down some old hand-drawn stuff and getting back into the drawing habit.

01-07-2013, 10:26 PM
I'm not happy with the way the town with the tower symbol or the one to the lower left are stylized with the hatch. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make these larger towns look a little nicer at this scale? THW ah looking at your stuff you should be back in the groove in about 5 minutes, break those pencils out!!

01-07-2013, 11:22 PM
Looking sweet Vellum!


01-09-2013, 10:37 AM
Added more bits and pieces of the mountain ranges and woodlands, bout an 1 hour while drinking morning coffee ;). More swamp things to come, Oh yea! LOL. Open to suggestions for techniques, as usual this is a learning experience for me, so whatever I can do to improve I'm up for it. I may do the text thing in PS to try some text on paths.


- Max -
01-09-2013, 10:52 AM
Nice job so far Vellum!

01-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Vellum, I've got two suggestions for alternatives to the cross-hatching over those towns. First, you could try what I did on Darenko and Reptinse - i.e. a simplified street layout (in which case I'd suggest letting the streets be white and the blocks black, but I don't know if this would work on a hand-drawn map. The other possibility is a stippled style. I developed a style years ago which I think might look good on this. The example below is from my original experiments.

Hope those suggestions give you some ideas. Also that compass rose is intriguing. It will look great once it's inked in.


01-09-2013, 06:38 PM
Thanks THW I think I may have an idea on modified stipple use, have to try it out on post it note first ;) Let me go back here and check out the Darenko/Reptinse maps. Well the compass rose is history, I erased it LOL, well not truly history I still have the scanned image! I was thinking of something else, but its also up in the air atm.

01-09-2013, 07:56 PM
Messed with this a couple of more hours today, kinda was feeling I needed to finish something up! Looking for comments on how you think this reads with out any color work. Leaving off text atm as I am wafflin over PS paths to try out as I said before. Compass Rose is taking a bit of design change, looking maybe to do a greenman type with the leaves being the compass pointers. This is tiny tho, under an inch in real life LOL, so it will be a challenge to get it right in ink. Left four areas around the edges for legend, map name, notes and maybe a coa. Anything you think might be interesting to add, post up a comment.


- Max -
01-09-2013, 10:32 PM
I like the border you add Vellumn looks nice. But I just noticed that for some reason, most of your mountains tend to titling too much to the left... Might be a hell of powerful wind in this area :p

01-09-2013, 10:57 PM
Max the slope thing is something I forget about all the time. I'm a lefty and I draw upside down and backwards, literally most linework is right to left with my hand over the top. I'm truly amazed that the graphite isn't smeared all along the border. Makes for some interesting work! I haven't looked closely but I bet there are parts of the border that do that also. So its not really a strong wind as much as muscle cramps LOL.

- Max -
01-09-2013, 11:14 PM
Ha that explained the titling thing so! :D Well nothing really important by the way...

01-10-2013, 12:58 AM
I extend a left-handed salute to you Vellum. We lefties should stick together.

01-10-2013, 04:39 PM
Welp I added the compass rose, didn't turn out as I expected. Also if I'd of given this a tad of forthought I could have lined up the circular border with the compass linework (what are these called?) that extends outward. think it turned out ok, just not what I intended LOL, so much for inkwork!! Need opinions on the water edge linework, ya all think this is bold enough with the double running outline or does it need a heavier pen weight to pop out the water areas and create alittle more definition between land mass and water.


- Max -
01-10-2013, 05:32 PM
Maybe adding a little shading on the banks could do the trick?