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Diamond
01-20-2013, 02:56 AM
I've wanted to work on this for a while now and finally got the motivation to start it. This is a parallel Earth where magic (and a couple of non-human species) exists. It's supposed to be the world that gave rise to the Cibola and El Dorado legends, as well as being the place where the Roanoke settlers ended up. It's going to be the basis of a 'planetary romance' novel I want to write, in the tradition of ER Burroughs and Lin Carter.

For the map, I started out with an old 17th century French map, and reproduced it here in outline form, with several changes to coastlines.

mearrin69
01-20-2013, 03:35 AM
Very interesting concept. Look forward to hearing more!
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Thordred
01-20-2013, 04:55 AM
I can't really make out what is land and what is water in this version but I really like the coast shape and form. I'll look forward to seeing another version when it's ready :)

vorropohaiah
01-20-2013, 08:59 AM
best of luck with the writing :) sounds interesting

Diamond
01-20-2013, 02:54 PM
I can't really make out what is land and what is water in this version but I really like the coast shape and form. I'll look forward to seeing another version when it's ready :)

You do realize it's far from done, right? :D

Thordred
01-20-2013, 03:09 PM
Of course :D Go go, do cartography magic! I'll be waiting here to feast on it with my eyes!

Mr_potato_head
01-20-2013, 04:12 PM
You do realize it's far from done, right? :D

I kinda agree that you can't tell the land from the water. It'll make more sense once you add some color to help distinguish the two.

Diamond
01-21-2013, 12:47 AM
Hopefully you can tell land from water now. :D

NOTE: The mountains are not mine; they are brushes made from five mountains that lxdengar made and posted here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/regional-world-mapping/18831-first-map.html). I've PM'd him asking his permission for this, but I don't think he's very active on the site. At any rate, they're just placeholders until I can sit down and draw my own. Proof of concept, I guess.

The rhumb lines are from Schwarzkreuz. The parchment background is again a modified version of one Torstan posted a while back.

vorropohaiah
01-21-2013, 12:53 AM
Looking nice. Funny, I was so sure the land/sea divide was the other way around!

Schwarzkreuz
01-21-2013, 07:56 PM
Looking nice. Funny, I was so sure the land/sea divide was the other way around!

Same here.

Diamond
01-21-2013, 08:31 PM
Really? :?: I guess as someone who grew up in the US it looked totally obvious to me what was land and what was water. :D

Tomalak
01-22-2013, 10:29 PM
Really? :?: I guess as someone who grew up in the US it looked totally obvious to me what was land and what was water. :D

Same here. I really like the idea that Cibola, et al, come from an adjacent dimension which has magic. It sounds like a good set-up. I must ask - are Skraelings one of the few nonhuman types you mentioned?

Diamond
01-23-2013, 02:29 PM
There are Skraelings, but they're human.

ukie
01-25-2013, 12:27 PM
Niiice! I really like the style of the second map. Did you make the original outline by hand? the coastline flow is awesome. What program did you use for the second take?

Diamond
01-27-2013, 04:29 PM
@ukie: I traced the original outline from a 17th century French map. I used a hard round 3 pixel brush and just drew it, trying not to include any sharp, jarring coastlines; the color and overall appearance seems to look better in this style if you keep the coasts somewhat smooth. I just got my new PC and upgraded to CS6, so that's what I've been using.

More to come on this in a week or two; I need to draw some mountains first since I like how lxdengar's borrowed brushes turned out. Just need to create my own now!

- Max -
01-27-2013, 04:37 PM
I can't wait to see those mountains :)

Diamond
01-27-2013, 11:45 PM
Okay, try these:

- Max -
01-28-2013, 06:13 AM
Looks nice except if you want to show high mountains or peaks imho

Diamond
01-30-2013, 02:34 AM
A small update. Added some color to the various regions - the reddish-hued ones are the Crown Colonies - colonies of Westernesse (this world's England analog) with a lot of admixture from natives and people from our Earth (Roanoke, for one).

Caenwyr
01-31-2013, 07:23 AM
yup, I'm definitely a fan of this map. Keep up the good work!!

- Max -
01-31-2013, 09:29 AM
Looks great....Ooooh but.... Isn't that some kind of Blaue's mountains I see here? :D

Thordred
01-31-2013, 11:10 AM
I like where this is going :D

Diamond
02-01-2013, 01:18 AM
Looks great....Ooooh but.... Isn't that some kind of Blaue's mountains I see here? :D

Yep. I surely liked the way yours turned out, so I tried to do some too. Don't think mine turned out as good as yours though...

- Max -
02-01-2013, 04:12 AM
They looks great, and it's a different map ;) The problem I had with those Blaue mountains was the height. I couldn't really find some nice high peaks-like ones, that's why I had to build them. Hence my previous comment on your thread ;)

Socks
02-03-2013, 03:40 AM
Very awesome work. When I first saw the map -I hadn't read anything- my initial reaction was: is that America? I'm a very big fan now based solely on this map. Keep up the good work.

Schwarzkreuz
04-24-2013, 09:43 AM
Still working on this map?

Chashio
04-24-2013, 12:07 PM
Very cool concept. Excellent map. =) More?

Diamond
04-24-2013, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I do need to get back to this one, actually... Got a few things in the pipeline right now, but I'll add this back to the list.