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Diamond
08-03-2013, 04:36 PM
I've been in a creative slump lately, so this is pretty much just something to get me jump-started a little bit. I really don't know where I'm going with it, though I have some vague ideas of steampunk Egyptian and Japanese type cultures...

Azelor
08-03-2013, 05:12 PM
Egyptian steampunk, that seems original although they could have undergone reforms Ibrahim Pasha or his father and become a industrialized nation. But the british did not want that.

Lingon
08-03-2013, 05:27 PM
A new Diamond map, always exciting :D Landmasses look really cool and setting sounds intriguing…

Eilathen
08-03-2013, 05:45 PM
As always, great landshapes! Will be interesting to see where this goes.

Oh and just some ideas what else you could do (read: finish :p ;) ) :

- your greek style regional map
- the expansion to your Arnonas map

:D

- Max -
08-03-2013, 07:26 PM
Nice start as usual! Buuuut....what about your other WIPs? :D

Schwarzkreuz
08-03-2013, 08:37 PM
Nice start as usual! Buuuut....what about your other WIPs? :D

He is not the only one, ehemmmm...... I should finish more too.

Diamond
08-03-2013, 08:39 PM
Yeaaaaahhhh.... one of these days I'll finish those. :)

I found a cool image someone scanned from an old magazine and thought it would make an interesting cartouche/title panel/etc. Found some vector images that I used for the corners; I was trying to merge Egyptian and East Asian motifs; don't know if I was completely successful, but I kind of like the way it looks. I just have to try and clean up the edges of the egyptian mural thing so the edge lines are cleaner...

- Max -
08-03-2013, 08:52 PM
Yeaaaaahhhh.... one of these days I'll finish those. :)

Saying that for the Kingdoms of Kesh aswell :D

Btw I like the graphic material used on this one. I'm looking forward to seeing how overall palette work on it!

Failtality
08-03-2013, 10:16 PM
What a unique concept you have here! I can't wait to see how this comes out, and I LOVE your designs already. Very excited about this!

Diamond
08-03-2013, 11:09 PM
Thanks, guys!

Viking
08-04-2013, 11:27 AM
Diamond: This is really cool. Did you do that graphic design work and illustration around the border yourself? I like the landmasses.

Ilanthar
08-04-2013, 12:19 PM
I've always liked the way you display your landmasses.

Not a surprise I'm fond of this one too !

Diamond
08-04-2013, 02:24 PM
Diamond: This is really cool. Did you do that graphic design work and illustration around the border yourself? I like the landmasses.

I wish I could claim credit for those, but no.

Diamond
08-07-2013, 12:11 AM
I've substantially changed things, as you can see. ;) Not just layout but theme as well.

Eilathen
08-07-2013, 06:23 AM
Also a nice shape (as always). Although i wish you had gone with the original shape (even with the theme change) because i was really wondering how you'd fill that map out.
On the other hand, i would have bet thousands of $$ that you'd change the shapes at least once in this thread...so, it's not a big surprise ;) :D

Diamond
08-07-2013, 04:12 PM
On the other hand, i would have bet thousands of $$ that you'd change the shapes at least once in this thread...so, it's not a big surprise ;) :D
Funny. :D

I may go back to the other one at some point too, though.

Prattl
08-07-2013, 06:29 PM
Great progress and cool design. I like how it's turned out.

Diamond
08-09-2013, 03:59 AM
Finished up the mountains and rivers, put in a few city-states along the coast of the southern continent...

tcberry
08-09-2013, 04:07 AM
Looking very nice so far; I adore the embellishments you've created - a bit of a Celtic feel to them. I'm not really sold on the city icons - I feel you could do something more interesting than a solid circle. Have you considered setting your strokes to outside to preserve a bit of the interior of your islands?

- Max -
08-09-2013, 04:09 AM
Nice job so far as always, the mountains are great but my favorite part is the warriors haircut :D

Eilathen
08-09-2013, 05:15 AM
I really dig the border. Very nice.
Cool map, glad to see you active again, D!

Diamond
08-09-2013, 03:34 PM
Looking very nice so far; I adore the embellishments you've created - a bit of a Celtic feel to them. I'm not really sold on the city icons - I feel you could do something more interesting than a solid circle. Have you considered setting your strokes to outside to preserve a bit of the interior of your islands?

-I'll do some experimenting with the city icons. I'm kind of sick of dots too, but I haven't come up with any convincing alternatives that don't take up too much room.
-I like the thicker, smoother look of the stroke on the interior of the landmasses; when I set it to the outside, it ends up looking too rough. If I had Inkscape it wouldn't be an issue, but I haven't advanced that far yet. :D

Diamond
08-10-2013, 11:25 PM
Initial color and texture test.

Gumboot
08-11-2013, 01:48 AM
Nice colour scheme. There's a few potential climate inconsistencies but I don't know if you're necessarily concerned about that.

Sapiento
08-11-2013, 02:50 AM
This develops very nicely.

Eilathen
08-11-2013, 07:25 AM
Ah, a coloured map. You did a lot of b/w maps lately, so it's interesting to see you do a colour map again. Cool!
Care to talk about the flavour of this world? The border looks celtic or norse-ish to me.

Lingon
08-11-2013, 10:47 AM
Looking awesome! Maybe try to desaturate the blue a little, see what that looks like? It's very strong compared to the land colors.

Diamond
08-11-2013, 03:53 PM
Ah, a coloured map. You did a lot of b/w maps lately, so it's interesting to see you do a colour map again. Cool!
Care to talk about the flavour of this world? The border looks celtic or norse-ish to me.
Well, like I said in the intro, this is more just to get me mapping again, so I don't have anything planned out for it. I think what we've got here though is a cold part of the world, lots of primeval pine forests, tundra steppes, and icy mountains. I think the bit of southern continent poking into frame is populated by feuding, decadent city-states with a Moorish/Spanish/Egyptian flavor, while the main landmass has celtic kingdoms and tribes, with goblins, trolls, and a big dragon or two living high in the mountains.

Looking awesome! Maybe try to desaturate the blue a little, see what that looks like? It's very strong compared to the land colors.
Yep, I agree. This is what's going to take the longest (well, this, and coming up with suitable city icons, which I think I'll have to draw myself...). I'm going to play around with putting some color over the mountain icons too, snowcaps and such and see how that looks.

arsheesh
08-11-2013, 04:54 PM
I liked it before but the colors really help make this map pop.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
11-22-2013, 02:40 AM
So I decided to revisit this. As you can see, things look a little different. I've decided that this is a sub-polar region, so I've distorted the landmass a bit to hopefully achieve some of that look without being too anal-retentive about it. The mountains were done using Ascension's Swiss Atlas tutorial, then run through a gradient map to get that pseudo-sepia look.

Eilathen
11-22-2013, 09:02 AM
A new version?! Well *draws a deeep breath*....ok, no, too easy :D ;)

I like the shape (no surprise there) ... although i'd be interested to see the un-distorted version as well. Not sold on the moutain-bumps yet...but i guess this is still in very early-stage form.

Diamond
11-22-2013, 04:04 PM
You can see the un-distorted version about 7 posts above. ;)

arsheesh
11-22-2013, 04:26 PM
Well I like both versions Diamond, but I was really digging the previous version, hope you do decide to finish both versions.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lingon
11-22-2013, 04:33 PM
I like the new direction! This shape looks even nicer than the original! The mountains are cool too, though all of them seem to have the same height… Maybe it'd be possible to extend the shadows on some to add a little more variety? Especially the wider ranges look more like plateaus, since there are no peaks that stand out. I'm also not sure if the coastline matches the mountain style, but maybe it will when you've taken this further :) Anyway, it's nice to see that you are working on this again!

Diamond
11-23-2013, 03:03 AM
How's this? I'm happier with it; things look a little sharper and to my eye, the ranges seem a little more natural.

Lingon
11-23-2013, 12:11 PM
Perfect!

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Diamond
11-23-2013, 06:08 PM
Thanks, Lingon! :D

Here's a little more color, and some rivers.

Diamond
11-23-2013, 10:01 PM
And another update. Can't decide if I should expand the canvas a bit on the top and bottom and stick the title up top, or make a cartouche or title box inside the map itself. I'm kind of leaning towards just putting a title box in the map, centered about where that big river is. That's all going to be primeval forest in there, so not a lot of text that would be covered up.

Psylence
11-23-2013, 10:22 PM
I'm loving it. It's got a good look to it. I think I'd prefer to see the title off to the side. I love the geography you have going and wouldn't want a title covering any of it up! What about following one of your original designs and offsetting the map from the center of the page and using an enlarged left/right margin? Also, if you don't mind me asking, how did you make the paper? I've tried a few different methods, but I haven't found a tutorial I really love yet on the basics. I love the fold lines, but most paper tutorials I found are usually only two-toned and the fibers/colors/little alterations in shape and color just don't ever seem to mesh right.

- Max -
11-23-2013, 10:26 PM
The border rocks :) In my opinion, the title would be better inside the actual frame.

Diamond
11-24-2013, 12:41 AM
@Psylence: I can't claim credit for the parchment; it's a scan of an actual piece of paper. All I did was set it on its own layer and set to 'Multiply'. Presto. :)

@Max: I'm kind of leaning that way too. I'm leaving the right and left sides open for some other stuff, and I want to keep the longer horizontal aspect of the whole piece, so I think I'll experiment with placing the title box inside the map and see how it looks...

Eilathen
11-24-2013, 06:27 AM
You can see the un-distorted version about 7 posts above. ;)

Really? Huh, it seems i do not have an eye for this :D

Map is coming along very nicely. The mountain-bumps look definitely better than in your first iteration. If i can, i'll rep you.

Lingon
11-24-2013, 09:40 AM
Looking fantastic with the frame and paper texture! I definitively think the title should be inside the frame, it'd fit nicely in the top, just left of the center (that's where you were thinking too, right?).

Ilanthar
11-24-2013, 10:50 AM
I agree with - Max -, your border is excellent !

And truth be told, I wasn't sure about your new mountains, but with the texture and colors, it looks just fine.

Diamond
11-24-2013, 09:51 PM
Some labels put in, and I had a thought that Gondurin, the dwarven kingdom in the south, needs a way to control trade between the west and eastern portions of the land, so there are a couple of canals so that ships can travel overland (with hefty tariffs from the dwarven canal-masters, of course). Title is now added, and I think it looks good without being too dominating. Ignore the little banner on the left; that will probably go away.

I'm not sure I like the placement of the 'Gondurin' label; have to experiment some with that.

arsheesh
11-24-2013, 11:43 PM
This looks fantastic Diamond!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
11-25-2013, 03:50 AM
Thanks, arsheesh!

Well, I feel really excited about this map, which is something I haven't felt in a long time, so here's hoping I'll stay enthused and finish it. It's getting too big to load all at once and still maintain any quality on the file, so for now, here's a (nearly) completed part, the dwarven kingdom of Gondurin. I still want to put in roads, major mountain peaks, and few other things, and as you can see things are getting crowded.

Ilanthar
11-25-2013, 05:44 AM
By Diamond
so here's hoping I'll stay enthused and finish it

Glad to read it!

I really like where this is going. And as I look at your map, I think you have a knack for finding good names.

- Max -
11-25-2013, 06:03 AM
I wasn't that convinced by the reliefs so far but seeing that the labels will be one of the main features of the map, that looks excellent right now!

Lingon
11-25-2013, 11:11 AM
I kinda want to see how it would look if the opacity of the sea names where closer to that of The Bitter Wastes and those… Otherwise the labeling looks great, really nice combination of fonts!

Diamond
11-25-2013, 03:26 PM
I agree, Lingon. I believe I'll lower the sea names opacity.