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Dain
11-16-2013, 10:51 AM
Hi guys,
I'm 1 week away from my move to Italy but I still think about posting a map about a project Im currently working on. Mapping is definitely intoxicating ^^
I wonder whether I'll add color, we'll see along the way. It's just the beggining anyway ;)


It's a kind of new style for me to try, despite being quite common for you guys.
Hope you'll like how it starts ^^

davoush
11-16-2013, 03:23 PM
I really like the mountains and terrain style, clean and clear; in fact I have been thinking about a similar style for my own map. How did you get this effect, it looks like they've been hand drawn with a tablet?

Diamond
11-16-2013, 08:25 PM
That's one of my favorite looks/styles of mountains to draw, so you already get a thumbs-up form me. :D

madbird-valiant
11-16-2013, 09:07 PM
Oh god I wish I could draw mountains like that. Beautiful work.

Lingon
11-17-2013, 05:21 AM
Fantastic mountains :) The trees look a little big… A matter of taste, but personally I'd shrink them, or make blob forest (or whatever to call them; not individual trees I mean :P), which I think could fit better with this style.

Ilanthar
11-17-2013, 08:19 AM
Well, looks very promising to me! I Haven't much to add that hasn't already been said. Do you intend to finish it in one week? Or will we see some italian influences :)?

Eilathen
11-17-2013, 10:26 AM
Yep, those moutains are superb. Remind me a lot of some of the mountains that Diamond did (and never uses :x :P).

Dain
11-17-2013, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the kind words ;)


I really like the mountains and terrain style, clean and clear; in fact I have been thinking about a similar style for my own map. How did you get this effect, it looks like they've been hand drawn with a tablet?
They're all hand drawn, indeed. I used to use PS brushes but I now much prefer drawing everything by hand. It makes everything more unique, I guess. I'm currently using Wacom Intuos 3 ;)


Fantastic mountains :) The trees look a little big… A matter of taste, but personally I'd shrink them, or make blob forest (or whatever to call them; not individual trees I mean :P), which I think could fit better with this style.
I'm still thinking about that actually. I've done both and each one has its inner added value and faults. We'll see if I can find a solution that fits well with the rest of the map.


Well, looks very promising to me! I Haven't much to add that hasn't already been said. Do you intend to finish it in one week? Or will we see some italian influences :)?
Well, I won't be able to finish it up before moving. It's gonna be my December private study, I guess ;)


Yep, those moutains are superb. Remind me a lot of some of the mountains that Diamond did (and never uses :x :P).
Did he? Humm, must have a look at it then. Do you remember in which topic it was?

Eilathen
11-17-2013, 12:31 PM
Did he? Humm, must have a look at it then. Do you remember in which topic it was?

He did. In this map, for example: http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/15749-successor-states-old-empire.html
Or here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/18131-altamira-color-version.html

- Max -
11-17-2013, 12:45 PM
Gorgeous stuff as usual, though it's very pleasant to see you draw some non-cities maps :) Thumbs up for that!

Caenwyr
11-18-2013, 09:39 AM
I'm very much in love with your mountains - as most of us seem to be! However, I feel I really must make a small remark about that lake that doesn't overflow into the ocean. There actually are lakes that do that (Salt Lake e.g.), but it's a pretty uncommon trait, especially when there's no significant obstacles like massive mountain ranges to be seen.

Dain
11-20-2013, 10:03 AM
Here is a small update before the move ^^

Much about finding a nice style. Grayscale so far, but color eventually ...
Changed the forests/ trees btw ;)

Many things need to be adjusted still, of course. Contrast, linework sometimes a bit dodgy, consistency, etc.

- Max -
11-20-2013, 10:11 AM
Great stuff so far :) Come on, get some colors ;)

Dain
11-20-2013, 10:35 AM
Great stuff so far :) Come on, get some colors ;)
Didn't they say that having good values first is the best way to get a great illustration? :D
But I will ^^

tainotim
11-20-2013, 01:31 PM
That is absolutely stunning and very inspirational. Love it!

Neyjour
11-20-2013, 01:43 PM
Beautiful!! Can't wait to see this in colour! :)

Diamond
11-20-2013, 02:34 PM
Incredible work, Dain. You could leave it as a grayscale and it would be fantastic; color will be a wowser.

Dain
11-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Incredible work, Dain. You could leave it as a grayscale and it would be fantastic; color will be a wowser.
Thanks,
You know that it's all because of you and your inspirational artworks, don't you? Well, you should ;)

Dain
06-05-2015, 06:22 AM
Hi,
Sometimes, you start a project thinking it's gonna be quick and smooth. This is without taking into account that life is full of surprises and duties that you can't postpone.
Some time later, you finally find the moment getting back to that project and make some progress.
Today is that moment

They are still things to be done on this map, but it feels so good coming here again and just share.
Any comment welcome, as usual ;)

J.Edward
06-05-2015, 08:54 AM
That looks great Dain. :)
I agree with the others, I would love to see that in color as well.
Only thing I would ask is why 3 fonts?

Dain
06-05-2015, 09:19 AM
Thanks.

I haven't thought much about the fonts yet. I wanted to quickly differentiate towns/ places/ regions. 3 different fonts was the quickest way I guess.
'm gonna try using only one font, but with different effects.

What do you think?

- Max -
06-05-2015, 09:34 AM
Welcome back man :) The map is great! I'm less convinced by the labels : the white bold font looks too modern, no?

Dain
06-05-2015, 09:46 AM
Man, it's good to be back ;)

I sure need to change something about them... I'll see what I can do :/

J.Edward
06-05-2015, 09:49 AM
Hey Dain, one thing you can do with a single font is to use all caps for regions, larger text for places and smaller text for towns.
I've found that works nicely with a single font. Sometimes a color change, if it looks okay on the map, can work to differentiate.

Dain
06-05-2015, 09:51 AM
I'll try that, thanks!
Never been good choosing a proper font :/


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- Max -
06-05-2015, 09:58 AM
Now you have an excuse to do it :P :D

Diamond
06-05-2015, 11:42 AM
Great to see you back in the saddle, Dain! I agree with the fellas, these font choices are kind of meh, but J.Ed had a good suggestion about using different effects within the same font.

Dain
06-08-2015, 09:09 AM
Hi guys,
Thanks for the feedback

I did some progress. I still have to tweak things here and there (like the forests, jungles, reliefs, the rosace) but this shows the way I'm heading to.
Let me know what you think.

J.Edward
06-08-2015, 10:14 AM
Looks great Dain. I like that ruins icon. :D