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05-04-2013, 12:36 AM
This was fun. Hand drawn with an old quill-type lettering pen and india ink on printer paper (8.5 x 11 inches). I may be done with it... at least I've run out of steam for the meantime and I'm horribly busy with tons of other things to do. Been working on a commission for almost three weeks now and it just felt good to take an evening off. :)


05-04-2013, 06:51 AM
Nice one Chashio. Certainly looks like it was fun to draw. :P

05-04-2013, 11:43 AM
Here's another fun little map that I couldn't bring myself to put in its own thread but wanted to share for your amusement. It's pencil on note paper (4 x 5 inches-ish).


05-04-2013, 05:19 PM
Made my day, thanks for putting a smile on my face :D

05-05-2013, 12:09 PM
You know what, I am going to turn this into my dumping-place-for-random-map-style-experiments thread, because I really don't want to start a new thread for each little scrap of paper with slightly off-kilter mapping scribbles on them. So hang on to your britches, people.


Oops, I forgot. This one's on the back of an old business card. Sort of.

05-05-2013, 01:01 PM
Indeed, i did the same. Better to collect stuff than having to many unfunished WIPs and Tests.

05-05-2013, 02:04 PM
I find when I participate in monthly challenges, that's when I do most of my experiments. I really don't doodle small maps on my own as experiments (at least not in 10 years). In fact regarding hand-drawn maps, I tend to avoid letter size and smaller pieces of paper because of the lack of space to draw larger areas, and I find the pen lines too thick at that scale. I prefer hand-drawing to nothing smaller than an 18" x 24" piece of paper, and more often 24" x 36" and larger. Of course, because I have access to large format scanners (42" wide by any reasonable length), drawing on large sheets makes more sense for me.

Really, I trust my hand-drawing skills enough, and my cartography/geology/geography knowledge well enough, that I often experiment on a map intended to be a finished piece as a professional commission or for a map I intend to publish myself. I don't doodle, I generally only work on maps that I intend to be finished and used - not put in some doodle pile.

05-14-2013, 11:37 PM
Nice drawings! I especially liked that first one. It has tons of texture.

08-18-2013, 06:03 PM
A couple of sketchbook maps I drew this morning during breakfast. Both of them are pencil on paper that have been photographed with likely the poorest quality phone camera in use today :D and fiddled with in photoshop. That's actually a good way to start a map; I've done it more than once before.

The only thing that didn't originate as pencil is the red mark in the corner of the oriental-esk one, which I happily made up on the spot. It's partially based off of an anchor. I'm definitely going to do a future map based off the oriental-esk style... I like that one quite a bit. The other one is simply play, eventually I'll draw something in a style somewhere between a panorama and a Redwall map. Yep, that'll be fun too.



08-21-2013, 07:57 PM
Style sketches from the graph book. I don't do much with graph paper these days, so figured I'd put it to experimental use.

pic #1: pen and single-color wash (inktense pencils applied with brush) And, yes, I'm aware of the cruddy labeling.
pic #2: color wash
pic #3: pen and color wash
pic #4: pencil, pen, color wash. Random fragments that eventually ran into each other.


08-24-2013, 03:52 PM
The end. No more in this thread.

08-24-2013, 05:15 PM
What!? No more of your awesome experiments? Now I'm sad…

Nah, do what you feel like of course. But I like your sketches a lot :)

08-24-2013, 08:29 PM
What!? No more of your awesome experiments? Now I'm sad…

Nah, do what you feel like of course. But I like your sketches a lot :)

Thanks, but they take too much time to photo and edit into a viewable quality and I'm usually putting less effort into the quality of the sketches themselves.

08-25-2013, 10:00 AM
Yeah, I can understand that. Thanks for taking that time with the pieces you posted :)