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Blaidd Drwg
03-16-2013, 10:12 AM

Another city in my old campaign setting.

Hand-drawn on A3 paper using micron pens, pencils and a lot of erasers. The legend at the bottom was done digitally.

The initial inspiration came from the Italian town of San Gimignano, which is known for its many towers. Apparently, rich families tried to outdo each other by building ever higher towers to display their awesomeness.
Wikipedia entry. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gimignano)
Tourist info. (http://www.sangimignano.net/)

No childish fantasies were harmed in the making of this map. Hope you enjoy!

A big thank you to everyone who helped me out with their comments and suggestions.

WIP thread here. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/town-city-mapping/20347-galastan-hand-drawn-city-mountain.html)

03-16-2013, 10:42 AM
Beautiful map, Blaidd. Absolutely love it. :)

I need to share some rep around before I can hit you with some. I'll be back.

- Max -
03-16-2013, 10:52 AM
Great map and drawing, have some rep. I already said my thoughts on the key font in WIP.

03-16-2013, 11:16 AM
Jesus lol, i just sent a PM talking about other of your maps and now i see that :)
Amazing map, give the impression that u just can walk in the map

03-16-2013, 09:48 PM
I think we may have our next Cartographers Choice here!


03-17-2013, 12:49 AM
Like I said on DA, my jaw hurts from hitting the floor. AWESOME piece of artwork.

03-17-2013, 03:01 AM
Most Excellent!

03-17-2013, 03:38 AM
It's such a well done piece of work! Really awesome.

03-17-2013, 08:41 AM
That is very well done! Very inspiring. Have some Rep.!

03-17-2013, 08:05 PM
Gotta share some rep before repping you again.

But this is still a beatiful map, masterpiece, ;)

If you can, please post some more maps.

03-18-2013, 05:34 AM
Lust lovely! Looks like something from an old history book :)

03-19-2013, 04:53 AM
Oh yeah, this is great stuff. Excellent work, your patience shows off.

03-19-2013, 08:00 AM
Impressive work and nice style!

03-19-2013, 03:53 PM
Some great work!

03-20-2013, 11:50 AM
Stunning. The buildings work beautifully - and I love your fortification design!

03-22-2013, 08:13 AM
Very nice work ! i want more cities like this !!! ;)

Marth Fright
03-22-2013, 08:31 AM
The fact that it is handdrawn sells this one for me. Also the San Gimignano reference - Tower Envy!

04-10-2013, 09:20 AM
Absolutely incredible. A masterpiece and inspiration to all other map makers. What font was used?

Blaidd Drwg
04-10-2013, 04:49 PM
Also the San Gimignano reference - Tower Envy!
Yes, I wonder what Dr. Freud would say about that town :P

Absolutely incredible. A masterpiece and inspiration to all other map makers. What font was used?
It's called Aquiline 2. I forgot where I found it, tho ...

04-13-2013, 01:56 PM
What an amazing piece of work. Thank you for showing us your incredible talent.

04-14-2013, 11:06 PM
The details are amazing and I like your use of pointillism in the background.

04-15-2013, 10:59 AM
I love this style of map, you got more?

05-14-2013, 11:04 PM
I love the scale and the perspective. If I look at it long enough, I almost expect to see small specs of people moving around. Very well done. :)

05-19-2013, 06:26 PM
Simply gorgeous.

Freehand 5.5
06-20-2013, 11:06 PM
It's simply a great map.
I got lost in details and woke up weeks later. ;)
I like the background.

The borders are a bit uninspiring though.

07-02-2013, 07:15 PM
Beautiful all the way around! I'm a fan of the hand drawn approach, and it takes something special to pull it off this well. More maps, indeed!


07-28-2013, 12:12 PM
Simply one of the best "old town maps" I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot!).
And you know what? I've been to San Gimigniano last summer!

07-31-2013, 04:58 AM
I agree - more please ~

04-24-2014, 09:03 AM
Great map..!!:)

10-11-2014, 02:48 AM
I just saw this map, great job. I like this. I've been wanting to do a city map, this should give me the inspiration I need to start.

01-22-2015, 04:20 PM
Wonderful Map!

07-10-2015, 04:01 PM
Nicely done. Great work , its like i look in a 1600's book!

07-11-2015, 04:02 AM
Nice old thread bubbled up again, here. And for good reason.
Great map, can see the massive amount of care and labour that has gone into it.

I just spent an enjoyable 30 mins reading through the original WIP thread. Ace.
Would love to have a rough idea of how many hours of effort went into the piece in total. It looks like a colossal undertaking.


07-21-2015, 02:42 PM
Beautiful! I can only guess how many hours of hard work have gone into this beuty :)

Blaidd Drwg
07-23-2015, 04:37 AM
Thanks peeps :D

I don't really remember how many hours went into it. I do remember I spent a lot of them just staring at the drawing, not sure what to do. XD