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Gamerprinter
06-12-2008, 05:01 PM
OK, my big mapping commission project. I am really limited to what I can post, until the maps are complete, however, I can show you this early stage of continent development. The client desires an understated color scheme and in my digital mapping style using Xara Xtreme 4.0.

The client is limiting what I can show as WIPs and Finals, but he allowed me to show the following map at its start.

Although he of course loved my hand-drawn maps, due to the volume of maps he requires, he thought it would be more cost effective to have them created digitally, since its lots faster for me this way.

No mountains or rivers placed yet, just "Great Lakes" and "inland sea", the yellowish blob in the center is the region of "Great Plains", the brown to the northwest is "arid desert terrain", the raised areas are the wider bases where the major mountain ranges will go.

This continent is roughly the width of North America, a bit less than the north south axis in scale. The planet is about 2/3rds the size of earth. The continent is located on this planet's southern hemisphere.

The red line at the top of the map is the Equator, whereas the red line at the bottom of the map is the Antarctic Circle. Steamy and impenetrable jungle along the Equator (filled with dinosaurian creatures), and snowy tundra near the arctic circle.

WIP so far... 8)

ravells
06-13-2008, 04:56 PM
Nice style and very different to your usual. I'll miss your hand drawn stuff....when are you going to get a commission to do a Hiroshige or Hokusai style map?

Gamerprinter
06-14-2008, 12:46 AM
OK, the next rendition of this map. I'm trying some new techniques with the forests and slight adjustments to my mountain (more feathered edges and a fractal clouds transparency effect to the forests.)

Ravs, I will try to squeeze some more Hokusai map objects in this summer.

WIP so far... 8)

jfrazierjr
06-14-2008, 12:54 AM
I like the colors and the wispiness of the forests. Very nice.

Joe

Gamerprinter
06-14-2008, 05:21 PM
OK, this is the final continental map before labeling, placement of roads and borders. This may be the last version I can show, before the completed map and I'll need permission to post. ;)

GP

delgondahntelius
06-14-2008, 05:57 PM
Looks great ... love the mountains ... maybe they will let you post it up if you watermark it .... or otherwise /maim/ it in some fasion ...

Gamerprinter
06-16-2008, 01:34 AM
OK, last peek on this work for now!

The client wanted me to flip the east-west axis of the continent so I did. I've added all the various cities he required, and their names. The green framed areas are independant sovereignties, while the rest of the continent is dominated by the Empire of Edara.

Final WIP for now... :(

ravells
06-16-2008, 05:44 AM
Looks beautiful, GP - but you seem to have got some 'jaggies' on the Main title...not sure why that's happened.

Gamerprinter
07-02-2008, 03:05 AM
Unfortunately this for show and not for sharing - its a private commission.

However, all the changes since that last time I posted (flip, additions, subtractions, alterations...) the cities and road system, ruins in the north, dinosaurs throughout wilderness regions.

Its giving me some ideas for my own campaign world.

This continent map is complete! Next a regional of the southwestern lake area around Rocha to Port Bane - adding smaller communities, bridges, cultivated areas, etc. I also working on the preliminary Underdark map.

GP

Ghalev
07-02-2008, 04:42 AM
[peers at the upper-righthand corner]

Ooooh! Can I write a book about Andoria?

:)

Gamerprinter
07-02-2008, 11:53 AM
[peers at the upper-righthand corner]

Ooooh! Can I write a book about Andoria?

:)

I've sent Email to the original creator of this world, regarding your offer. I'm sure he will be condusive, but I'm sure he'd want to provide you his background information on the Islands of Andoria, first. Let me see what he says. No matter what, thanks for the offer! :D

GP

TRuschak
07-02-2008, 12:10 PM
As the person who commissioned the map, I'd be happy to let you write about the Andorians if you wish.

Right now I haven't done much for them other than give them their island home, and establish their staunch resistance to Imperial aggression.

There is a wiki which documents as much of the world of Edara as I've had time to put on paper, as well as details added by the denizens thereof.

http://edara.wikidot.com/

I'll continue this by private email.

--Tom

Ghalev
07-02-2008, 01:36 PM
D'oh. I'm sorry, I was just being playful. My nickname here, "Ghalev," is a reference to a book about another Andoria I wrote a few years ago (along with groovy co-author Steve Long):

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Among_the_Clans

TRuschak
07-02-2008, 02:00 PM
Ah, I see! I must have lifted the name by accident. I hadn't intended to swipe a Trek name, but odd things get stuck in ones head, only to be pulled out when a random name is required.

I always have trouble with names. It may be a common thing, but no name I make up for a city or town ever seems "right" to me. If someone else makes it, it's fine, but if I do it...

:)

Tom

Ghalev
07-02-2008, 02:04 PM
I think there are, really, only so many sensible-sounding names available in fantasy, so it's inevitable that we re-use a few now and then.