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Carbus
04-16-2013, 07:46 PM
Whatīs up guys! After some time away from making maps, Iīll try to return to the routine. Roncix is a land based in the celtic culture, and also with a strong Gaulese influence too. For the first time Iīm venturing with custom mountain brushes, instead of the top down I normally do. For the forests Iīm using the excellent brushes made by StarRaven Sketchy Cartography Brushes by ~StarRaven on deviantART (http://starraven.deviantart.com/art/Sketchy-Cartography-Brushes-198264358)

What you guys think so far? Critics are very welcome, since itīs my first time trying this style of map, with more hand draw elements and also more ornaments!
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- Max -
04-16-2013, 08:06 PM
Pretty nice job here with nice mountains. Some comments though :
- The compass looks a bit odd since you scaled down three arrows and so it doesn't look consistent in the oultines with the north arrow.
- It seems you have many rivers that have sources in low lands
- Some rhumblines overlap the landmass and need to be erased :p

Diamond
04-16-2013, 08:22 PM
Those mountains are outstanding; did you draw them?

I like it!

Like Max I wondered at the river sources; I know there's that big marsh in the center of the island. Shouldn't that river system that flows west out of it instead head east or south, where it doesn't have to go through/over the (presumably) higher mountains?

Nice choice of fonts and good colors. I like the compass as-is.

Also, is there a typo in the title? Is it Rocix or Roncix?

Carbus
04-16-2013, 08:35 PM
Thank you for the advice in rivers guys! I will try to work it out! :D
Diamond, yes I drew then all, not using any brush, I think it gives each one a distinct look. About the rivers, I have some questions, do you guys have any guides or tutorials about river systems? Sometimes i feel a bit lost haha :D
And yes, the name is Rocix! Didnīt see it

Beoner
04-16-2013, 09:07 PM
Hmm, have you tried this thread about rivers? -> How to get your rivers in the right place (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/3822-how-get-your-rivers-right-place.html)

Good job on those mountains, but special point to the mountain+forest placing, it really gives the map a amazing look so far. Although I think the map border/frame shouldn't cross over each other like its happening on your map (at the corners), maybe you could try some "changing direction" area from the verticals to the horizontals. I hope you can understand what I mean, I didn't know how to explain that well :(.

arsheesh
04-18-2013, 04:16 PM
I think this shows a lot of promise. Other issues have already been identified, but one further suggestion would be to unify the Celtic knot work you are using along the boarder, but joining together the knots in the corners. This may require a bit of work but I think it is warranted if you seek to achieve an authentic looking Celtic map.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ourea
04-18-2013, 08:19 PM
As all the issues have already been pointed out, I'll simply say beautiful :) Looking forward to seeing more.

Carbus
04-18-2013, 10:03 PM
Hey guys thank you for the tips and comments! Itīs really encouraging to know that my mountains are nice! :D So for this next update, I changed the border, but this was before arsheesh comment, maybe Iīll try to do something more connected with dots and stuff. I change the colors too, as I noticed, the colors were a bit strange, the landmass was darker the water, so I inverted and I think it looks better know. In the far east island, I tried a knew type of mountains, and I like them.
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Carbus
04-24-2013, 07:56 PM
Another update!
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Beoner
04-24-2013, 08:24 PM
Now, that's a lot of trees heh? :D

It's turning into a very good map, the borders are much better now.
I'm curious on what is the Farernpek, is that a mountain?

Carbus
04-24-2013, 09:01 PM
Now, that's a lot of trees heh? :D

It's turning into a very good map, the borders are much better now.
I'm curious on what is the Farernpek, is that a mountain?

Yes! Moments ago I realized that, I was going for the Celtic, Gaulice and Germanic Tribes feeling and maybe ended up with a lot of forest xD. Also I forgot to add the title for the Farernpek, itīs a sacred mountain for a tribe! Later Iīll develop more about the tribes, and special places! Thank you the kind words!

Carbus
04-26-2013, 10:52 PM
Another update, more mountains, rivers, wood, and revised some old mountains! Also adjusted the Compass, I think its fine now!
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Diamond
04-26-2013, 11:00 PM
That's looking great! I have to say it again, those are some awesome mountains.

Carbus
04-26-2013, 11:08 PM
That's looking great! I have to say it again, those are some awesome mountains.
Thanks a lot Diamond, coming from you itīs a great compliment! :D

Bogie
04-26-2013, 11:59 PM
Excellent Map Carbus! I agree with Diamond, the mountains are perfect.

vorropohaiah
04-27-2013, 12:57 AM
very nice and gorgeous mountains

Sapiento
04-27-2013, 01:08 AM
Looks very good. The rivers need some work.

- Max -
04-27-2013, 04:50 AM
Yup great mountains and nice job. I concur with Sapento on the rivers though.

Schwarzkreuz
04-27-2013, 06:15 AM
Your devellopments are realy stunning. Nice to see more maps from you.

Carbus
04-27-2013, 08:24 AM
Thank you all for the compliments and critics! Trying my best with this map. :D


Looks very good. The rivers need some work.
Hey Sapiento, when you say more work, you say about how they look? How they should flow? How they mix with the rest of the map?
Thank you!

Bogie
04-27-2013, 09:23 AM
I suspect he means that the ends of the rivers, where they meet the ocean, are not finished. They don't blend into the water. Some even end before reaching the shoreline. I have to admit, I did not notice that the first time I looked at the map, only when I took a second look.

Carbus
04-27-2013, 03:59 PM
Humm maybe itīs that, but also I looked closely at them and they look rather dull, with few curves, it felt too right and perfect, it need some transformation. Also, Im finished with the mountains and forests, and so I started labeling, gave it a header, and worked the compass!
Thanks again Bogie, Sapiento and Max for the advice on the rivers!
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Carbus
05-05-2013, 10:37 AM
Another update!
Changed the colours, added more labels (gosh sometimes its so boring) and also working on the flags and symbols for the factions!
Hope you like.
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- Max -
05-05-2013, 11:00 AM
Nice work so far :) I'd though recommend you try to get the same color/opacity on your black-dark brown? (border/title cartouche/compass) to make it more consistent.

killiuswhisperwind
05-06-2013, 02:11 PM
i love the mountains, infact i wish my brain could come to grips drawing them half as good as you have rendered them

Battlecat
05-09-2013, 04:54 PM
This is coming together beautifully, those mountains look amazing.

Schwarzkreuz
05-09-2013, 11:09 PM
I like your rendering of the mountains, very clear and focused.

maquesh
05-10-2013, 12:45 AM
The mountains are indeed beautiful. After looking at them for a while I believe it's because most of them are connected in actual ranges, instead of just being individual mountains grouped together.

I love the paper texture, as well.

nolgroth
05-10-2013, 05:51 AM
A beautiful map. Keep up the good work.

Korash
05-14-2013, 10:21 AM
I like this look quite a lot. I just want to ask a quick question though...While I was admiring the mountains around Cindrassil (I do have a bit of trouble reading the lake's name) I noticed that the lake does not have an outflow and I was wondering if that was intentional? For some reason that doesn't really bother me, but it did make me curious...

Carbus
05-14-2013, 10:41 AM
I like this look quite a lot. I just want to ask a quick question though...While I was admiring the mountains around Cindrassil (I do have a bit of trouble reading the lake's name) I noticed that the lake does not have an outflow and I was wondering if that was intentional? For some reason that doesn't really bother me, but it did make me curious...
First thank you for admiring my mountains :D And also for pointing out the clarity of the lake's name, I'll fix it right away!
As for the lake not having and outflow it really was intentional, since I'm kinda new in the cartography world I don't know, but it's possible right, the way it is?
I had in my mind a huge valley, with a vast forest and a big neat lake, with many rivers flowing to it!

rdanhenry
05-18-2013, 12:48 PM
Yes, it is possible, but without an outflow, the lake will be salt water.

foremost
05-18-2013, 01:24 PM
First off, excellent map!

It's quite interesting and pleasing to look at - the colors you chose for your land masses and bodies of water are outstanding. I also like the rivers, since this map is full of them. Are the dotted lines supposed to represent country boundaries or roads? You might want to add that to your map. I see them as roads, but I might be wrong.

The border is quite heavy! I think it's a neat design that works well with the map, but the part where the compass lines continue behind the border is distracting. Maybe you could have the lines fade out as they draw near to the border or something. The land masses go behind the border, as they should, because they are part of the landscape, not the map. However, the compass is part of the map and might look better contained inside.

With the lake issue, I think the map might look better as a whole if you connected that lake to the water south of it. Maybe instead of using a river, you could just take out that land there and make a narrow strip of water. With all of those mountains there, I think it would make more sense to have that lake part of the ocean. I guess it depends on how much rain the region gets, and the watershed sorta thing with the mountains, but that lake is small in comparison to the mountains (which are excellent, by the way).

Think of all the things you could do with like a back-bay sorta thing!

Again, great map!

-fm

Korash
05-18-2013, 01:25 PM
Yes it is POSSIBLE, but not very PROBABLE. There are various reasons for this; it implies that ALL of the ground around the lake is of the same elevation (or all sloping up) and equally non porous, and the only thing limiting the extent of the lake is evaporation. Hence the salty water. If there was any variance in either the elevation/slope or the porosity (real word?) that variance would eventually become the out flow as the water flows over/through it.

But like I said before, that really does not bother me much and was a curiosity as I could easily accept any of those explanations, or others that I hadn't thought of.

Carbus
05-22-2013, 11:15 PM
Hey there guys did a quick break on this month challenge to continue with my Rocix project.
But before, thank you all for the support, especially Korash, foremost and Max for pointing out incorrect and weird things in my map! :) This is my best map so far, Im proud of it and yourīs support is what keeps on making me loving this hobby even more!
The big change here are the Banners, more names, more roads and the change from the bigger lake, as Korash, foremost and rdanhenry pointed out.
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Viking
05-22-2013, 11:32 PM
I really adore the celtic style designs in the border and the compass etc! Your mountains are really nice too. They look as if drawn by pen which is a nice effect!