View Full Version : WIP : unnamed hand-drawn town

mystic badger
04-05-2013, 07:49 AM
Inspired by this video (http://www.cartographersguild.com/reference-material/22867-youtube-video-hand-drawn-city-map-new-post.html), I plunged into a little project, having stopped drawing cities by hand more than five years ago.

It's a typical fantasy town, with a castle, guilds, a mages academy,... I'll try to colorize it in PS, and describe it further.


C&C welcome !

mystic badger
04-06-2013, 02:58 AM
53326 First steps. Not satisfied by the grass, I'll change it later.

04-10-2013, 02:29 AM
it'd be interesting to see what you could do with clone-stamping aerial terrain around the town. i like the blue-print feel of your map.

mystic badger
04-10-2013, 05:21 AM
What do you mean ? Effect of wind on the grass ? Or something else ?

04-10-2013, 11:37 PM
I really like the structure and layout of this city. I think that the basic color palette is also good. But I am not digging the river texture. You may want to use a blur tool to show the flow of the water. Either put a lighter layer if the river is shallow, or a darker one if it is a deep river, on top of the river and then blur it in the natural direction the water is flowing. If it is a slow deep river then make this less dramatic and lower the opacity a bit.

Also, consider using a single color for all the roads and negative space surrounding city blocks.

I also like the felt-like texture of the whole map. Good job.

mystic badger
04-11-2013, 01:55 AM
Thanks for your advice ! I'll try it next time I'm taking a cartographic session.

04-11-2013, 12:22 PM
Nice job so far. I think that with some colour effects the grass will look better. The one thing I can say I actually didn't like is the water blue color, in my opinion you should try another one, of course if you like it just pretend I never said that :P

mystic badger
04-14-2013, 11:26 PM
Thanks for the input. If I'm sufficiently awake this morning, I'll try it during my coach commuting !

mystic badger
04-16-2013, 01:50 AM
Worked a little on the grassland and the river.
Still pondering about the streets. I intended to make a visible difference between the old city, richer with paved streets, and the new districts poorer with muddy streets. I'll think about the pros and cons of keeping the idea or making all the streets the same.

mystic badger
04-23-2013, 02:14 PM
53850I think the exercice is near its end.

04-29-2013, 12:27 PM
Why no bridges across the river? A bridge across a major river is often the reason that a town exists there in the first place.

mystic badger
05-02-2013, 03:30 PM
oh my g** ! I left the place for the bridges and forgotten them ! :oops:

02-14-2015, 04:50 PM
Really came out nice.