View Full Version : Alnilham, Latest W.I.P.

07-23-2013, 06:28 AM

This is my latest, I want to do more on the oceans and land, as well as finish labels.
The Image is 4960x3508 px, done in Gimp

07-23-2013, 11:00 AM
That's a lovely start man. Really nice landmass shapes.

07-23-2013, 04:04 PM
Agreed on both counts!

07-23-2013, 04:40 PM
Thanks, although its harder to see posting it from Photobucket i guess, I used the "import palette" function in Gimp on some NASA blue marble images of the Ganges, France, and Turkey. I think I got some nice palettes to mess with here and in the future. I mostly used Eriond style but instead of cutting the mountains out and going through that whole blending process, I just Diff clouded the initial height map Jezelf style for the mountains and used a transparent(black) mask on that layer to paint/fade in my mountains.

I might redo the main title, I dunno if the embellishment there and the supernova looks any good.

07-24-2013, 05:09 AM
I would probably leave the title and compass rosette for when you're done with the main mapping stuff, and decide on the style then.

07-24-2013, 04:41 PM
Here I've changed the title and added a border. Reduced size of course to get it uploaded.

07-24-2013, 05:00 PM
I like that border, nice and clean. And your terrain looks fantastic, I love the lush river valleys. Very good job :)

The title is pretty hard to read I think, might be worth testing a simpler font there. I also think the continent's overall shape is very rectangular – the coastlines are great when zoomed in, but looking at the whole thing, it seems quite adapted to the paper. There's a peninsula extending into every corner ;) I don't know how easy it would be for you to change the shape, but personally I'd try to make some cuts to the landmass.

07-24-2013, 05:10 PM
I get what you're saying about the overall shape, it is kinda tough to change it this far along. But, as i was planning on using this as well as further maps i plan to piece together either with Hugin if i can, or in Fm8. I'll try to avoid the same mistake in the next one and post the lanshape for critique earlier in the making. The title will be easy to change, and I'll have a try at changing the land shape yet.

07-24-2013, 09:06 PM
Here's a revised land shape (grey is the adition). The title font changed as well, I'm not too worried about it's size covering anything up, the additional land areas that extend off to the north and south will show those details on their own maps. I do like fancy main titles though ;) so I doubt I'll go much simpler on that. I'm going with extending on the west coast since i hadn't done much detaiing there yet anyway.

07-25-2013, 09:59 PM
56376 Here's a view of an idea for the larger view, I'd originally thought I'd just add them to a worldmap as i built and got ideas but, I can do it this way. this full sized is the original map plus 2 others the same size and a black space that size. (I haven't made any changes to the first map yet)

07-25-2013, 11:42 PM
I like that lower continent for some reason. It's kind of hard to see the thing as a whole with the sharp contrasts, but I like the direction it's going. The decision to put something on the top also serves well. Do you have any idea what the scale is here?

07-26-2013, 05:30 PM
Well, I did some research on the net for width of mountains and rivers 1.79 miles wide for the Nile and 2 miles wide for Mnt. Ranier, 1 to 3 for the Blue Mountain right near me. When i scale the map in Fm8 to where the northern river system at or near its mouth is about as wide as the Nile and the mountains are within the BlueMountain/Rainier width range its ruler gives me about 510 miles for the original maps land width and about 350 miles from top to bottom. Not exact but, it seems to fit with the cultivated land patterns i added in there.