View Full Version : Jan/Feb lite challenge entry - Words of Destiny

01-17-2013, 08:29 PM
The title may sound a little weird, but I couldn't think of a better one that kept a decent size, but it does is a map of a journey. Anyway, it has been so long since my last visit to the forum, apparently college takes more time than I expected :(, but now I'm on vacation and there is no better way to starting posting again than on a Challenge :)

The background of mine is a region being attacked by some sort of humanoid army, the Capital city is far way from the frontier (where the army is attacking). Noticing his city couldn't hold much longer, William Silverwood, a common lumberjack, goes into a quest to call for the help of the capital army and try to save not only his life, but also his friends and people he doesn't even know.

The journey is done by foot as there were no horses left in the city. Going trough mountains, forests, plains, enemies and the lack of food he finally get to the Capital, almost dead, to ask for help. For his bravery and willpower William became some sort of legend, and his journey now is mapped by the king's Cartographer, as Will described.

I still have no map, but i have drawn some stuff that i may use on the map, they also help me think :)
From left to right, the guy is William when going out on the quest, the second image is supposed to be a mountain pass he went trough, and the final one is the screaming forest.

Hope you like it, any criticism is welcome :)


01-18-2013, 12:35 AM
Good stuff. The "Screaming Forest" is creepy!

01-31-2013, 01:36 PM
So few entries for this lite challenge :o

Well, I have finally done a map for my entry, and here it is. I'm trying to make it all by hand (except the coloring) but I'm facing a little problem called "lack of scanner", the great Torstan's "Use you phone as a scanner" tutorial still couldn't make me get a perfect scan, but it's pretty good i think.

For now I've only "scanned" it as a matter of test, so that I can know how it will look like. I've also colored a bit the bottom left frame. As you may see there's a lot to do to make it look good to face a challenge, but I think I can do it on time :)

The circles on the map are supposed to be where I'm going to place the illustrations I've done (and posted here). The road ends on nowhere because I still have to draw the capital city, I'm just thinking how...

Hope you like,

PS: Oh yeah, before any "River Police" says anything, I know that the river confusion at the bottom right is something unlike to happen (not to say impossible I guess) but it is totally intencional.

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01-31-2013, 02:17 PM
Apart from the river confusion and scanning issues I think it looks pretty sharp! What are you planning on putting into the circles? Some of the stuff from your initial sketches?

You might try Fedex/Kinkos or whatever passes for your local copy/shipping/office shop in Brazil. I'm sure you have something similar. They'll usually do a pretty good scan for a few bucks (here in the US anyway).

01-31-2013, 02:19 PM
This is going to be really cool...love the idea of throwing the illustrations into the map

And I also hope more people enter this challenge....particularly since the primary inspiration for my entry was one of yours (http://www.cartographersguild.com/mapping-challenge-archive/19727-july-august-2012-lite-challenge-entry-bargons-harbor.html) from a while back.

01-31-2013, 03:33 PM
Exactly, my idea is to put some of those drawins I've posted on the first post inside the circles, illustrating some of the areas William has passed by.
About the Fedex, I'm not sure we have something like that here (never heard about it at least), but I'll check, since we copy lots of the American stuff we may have copied it too =P

I'm very happy too hear that I inspired someone to enter the challenge, really happy. There are still some more days, maybe some guys show up at the last minute and post lots of entries xD

02-01-2013, 10:26 AM
Ok, so here is what I've done today:
-Finished the map by hand;
-Photo-scanned it;
-"Photoshoped" the scan;

It's basicly what I was going for, except for the scan issues of course, but I'm pretty happy with what it turned out. I used some light colors trying to make things not to pop out when you first look at it, I also tought about coloring the mountains, hills and the marsh, but I couldn't get a nice result so I just gave up and let the way it is. The circles are now filled with the illustrations, I hope you like it even if my drawing is not that good. Also, I wrote some notes along the map, simples texts to follow William's route by Agard (and because basicaly all may maps have those texts :) ).

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- Max -
02-01-2013, 10:59 AM
Nice. But you realize that your photo scan was a bit curved, and so is your map, do you?

02-01-2013, 11:20 AM
Unfortunately yes, I do realize. The problem is that I don't have idea why this happened, I mean, it happened with all picutres I took... I'll try getting a real scan with one friend, let's see if it gets better, I'll post in case I finish on time ;)

02-01-2013, 01:17 PM
I recently discovered a warp option in photoshop (under transform) that lets you bend aspects of your image. I think this would straighten your border out. But, even if you can't straighten it out, its still a really cool map and the curve actually fits with the idea that your adventurer made this map while travelling.

- Max -
02-01-2013, 01:52 PM
The cam distords the pic but Anomie is right, it's still a cool map :)

02-01-2013, 03:22 PM
I thought it was the camera, but that much of distorcion is kinda weird...

Anomie, I've found the opition you talked about, and now I'm playing with it, let's see what I can do, thanks for poiting it out :)

02-06-2013, 10:28 AM
I'm with anomiecoalition on this, just keep going with the refinements and don't worry too much about the border. I kind of like the "fisheye lens" effect anyway. I like how your map is coming along with the popouts and all that. Good stuff!

02-07-2013, 07:09 PM
That's a really nice map. Good luck with the challange! :)

02-09-2013, 01:12 AM
So here is what I think it is the last update of the map. I've added some text and the day indication.

I don't have much time now, but as soon as possible I'll be posting the "complete" story here.

Anyway, I hope you like it, and any comments are welcome.

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02-13-2013, 06:05 AM
I love this. Absolutely gorgeous map; it's at the same time relaxing to look at and exciting to read.