View Full Version : WIP - Pencil Map

04-07-2013, 02:33 PM
I have a tendency to leave unfinished projects laying around in obvious places, and I add to them little bits at a time. This map has been sitting on my table for about a week now... first photo I've taken of it. I thought someone might enjoy seeing it develop. So here it is.

Oh, I'm not erasing anything. My eraser doesn't get along with the printer paper, but I also kinda like to just adapt to whatever happens. There have been one or two mishaps resulting in a rise or fall of elevation... I think my pencil may be sentient (with the brains of a jitter beetle).


- Max -
04-07-2013, 02:37 PM
Looks very nice so far!

04-07-2013, 02:44 PM
Very nice. Looking forward to seeing more of this

04-07-2013, 02:50 PM
Thanks, I'll likely post an update in another week or so.

04-07-2013, 02:57 PM
i wish the mountains!

04-07-2013, 03:16 PM
Funny that I just asked a question about drawing mountains. This might be a fair answer to it. Excellent start to a map - do you know where you're going with this?

04-07-2013, 03:44 PM
Fantastic! Look forward to seeing more.


04-07-2013, 05:46 PM

@foremost: Not a coincidence actually... you made me think to post it. And, ah, no. Not exactly sure where I'm going with it. I just let my pencil scribble around on the paper until it finds things that weren't there previously. ;) The other end of the table is for planned projects.

04-07-2013, 07:15 PM
That is really great - one of the best paper and pencil map illustrations I can remember seeing. Waiting anxiously for updates! :D

04-07-2013, 07:27 PM
haha, thanks Diamond! Pencil is underrated... you can do a lot with a little point of graphite. Maybe I'll post more of them; I have pages of this type of sketchy terrain, and the style usually changes a bit with each one.

04-07-2013, 08:17 PM
I really like your rivers, and the craggy feeling of the mountains.

04-07-2013, 08:46 PM
Thank you.

04-10-2013, 07:19 PM
A soft update. Last night I was sketching (whilst trying to keep a low isometric perspective) a river rolling down through some mountains/hills off a high plateau, with a succession of waterfalls. So today I was inspired to try adding some waterfalls cascading down some canyon-like cliffs on my pencil map from the much higher perspective (whilst trying to keep the altitude of the terrain somewhat legible) and I learned something. It's a lot easier to do it from a low perspective. =\


04-11-2013, 12:03 AM
This is looking great. I really appreciate the isometric mountains and rivers. Both elements seem to go a long way in making the terrain look three dimensional and not flat. Really well done so far. Looking forward to seeing this one done.

04-11-2013, 12:44 PM
Thanks, veracusse.

04-14-2013, 12:12 AM
I like it! Those are really dramatic mountains. Good job!

04-14-2013, 09:22 AM
Thank you!

04-25-2013, 11:44 AM
Update. I may have been a bit too enthusiastic with the canyons... I got a bit lost and turned around and am still trying to work myself out of it (the dangers of not paying attention to where you're walking, heh). But here you go.


- Max -
04-25-2013, 12:02 PM
Looks really nice so far! Keep up the good job!