View Full Version : City-Level Mapping - How do you draw harbors?

02-03-2013, 09:23 PM
Port cities & coastal regions are a preference for me, I like the flavor and flexibility of narrative they grant. I have found alot of guidance around the guild for city-level maps, but still can't figure out how to make a good-looking harborfront, quay, wharf, etc.

How do you draw a waterfront, in whatever style you like to use?

02-04-2013, 05:20 PM
Tomalak do a search on harbors, waterfronts, pirates etc here and I bet you will find many examples which will help you out.

02-04-2013, 06:51 PM
It depends a lot, of course, on the style of map you are going for. I'll link you to some of my maps which feature harbors.

Haibianr: Hand-drawn, scanned, colored in PS. The docks aren't really to-scale. Picture 32 of 37 from My maps (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/mearrin69-albums-my+maps-picture28523-haibianr-city-map-my-asian-themed-fantasy-campaign-setting-drawn-pencil-14-x-17-smooth-bristol-inked-scanned-then-cleaned-up-colored-photoshop.html)

Haibianr docks: Digitally created in PS. This one is a more 'realistic' style and I reckon the docks are pretty well in scale.
Picture 36 of 37 from My maps (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/mearrin69-albums-my+maps-picture28511-docks-haibianr-area-map-my-curse-emperors-stone-adventure-created-photoshop-blow-up-section-my-haibianr-city-map.html)

Tarina: Created by mushing up and painting over satellite imagery. I guess it's the most realistic of all, since it's based on real-world locations in and around Italy.
Picture 20 of 37 from My maps (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/mearrin69-albums-my+maps-picture38680-tarina-city-map-blackstar-studios-shadowlands-campaign-setting-shows-city-tarina-fantasy-greco-roman-city-features-heavily-setting.html)

As you can see, the styles are very different. If I can give you any specific tips please let me know.