View Full Version : WIP Mist Continent

12-06-2013, 04:48 PM
After finding my Final Fantasy 9 game, I've been playing it for quite a bit. As such I've remembered why I like the world, and wanted to draw something from it. After finding that the only map of the world is the World Map in the game, decided I would try drawing the mist continent.


12-06-2013, 05:36 PM
Oh very nice! Glad I didn't start with this one... I literally did consider starting to draw Mist Island this morning. I chose something else instead. Yours looks better than mine would have anyway. I'm excited to see it progress!

12-06-2013, 06:00 PM
Thanks, it's one of my favourite game worlds just for the variety of environments. Also it means I get to try and draw miniature versions of lindblum and alexandria.

12-06-2013, 06:01 PM
Very nice start! Love those mountains. :)

12-08-2013, 08:14 AM

Added more to the mountains, forgot how mountainous the continent is. Also started to add some icons for the main areas for the world. Trying to keep the elements consistent by using the same brush size, negative side to this is I can't add too much detail to them.


12-09-2013, 10:42 PM
The biggest mountainous area of the map is done, still got to add everything into the basin. More icons have been drawn including the village of dali.


12-09-2013, 11:14 PM
I have to say that I really love your mountains! And you map look way better than it used to be in FF9. It's meant as a compliment even if the one in the game is pretty bad.

Klaus van der Kroft
12-10-2013, 07:10 AM
Ooh, very nice. As Azelor said, those are some pretty nice mountains.

12-11-2013, 10:22 PM
Thanks I do like how the mountains have turned out. I do agree the in game map is difficult to read especially using it as a reference, luckily I was far enough in the game to enable me to view the locations.

Added the west side of the continent's mountains, also added some more icons. Went with Cleyra with out the wirlwind even though you never see it like that. One because I like a giant tree with a city living there, and two the tornado look without any cloud layer didn't look right.


12-12-2013, 02:11 PM
Excellent Mountains!!

12-12-2013, 09:31 PM
This is looking really great. I agree the Cleyra tree looks better like that. If you plan on adding a fancy border with decorative elements, may I suggest perhaps putting Atomos in one corner sucking things into it's giant maw. =P

12-12-2013, 10:08 PM
I hadn't thought about a border yet, but that idea does sound really interesting. I could have Atmos looking like it is eating part of the border, with its bottom part blending into the border. Maybe have the Iifa roots in there too.

Finished all the mountains, in terms of drawing them. May change a few when I add some of the other icons. Started to add some text to the map, wondering if the two different types look ok with the other elements. The ribbon text will be used for the towns and cities, with the box text being used for everything else.

Lindblum was fun to draw, went through two versions of the city. One looked like the art from the strategy guide, but had too much detail. So went with a more simple version of the city from the cutscene.


- Max -
12-14-2013, 06:44 AM
Lindblum seems to have an odd perspective though, regarding the other stuff on the map.

12-14-2013, 04:22 PM
I think it could be due to the front right tower, and left rock formation. I'll have a mess around to see if I can get the perspective right.

12-14-2013, 05:46 PM
Sweet map :)

I have to agree bout them mountains; they look awesome. As does the dragon.
Regarding the angles of viewing, Lindblum and Cleyra as portrait-view whereas Dali and the unnamed city are like bird's eye.
I like your portrait drawings much better, so if you want them to all be the same, correct Dali and the City.
The thing next to the "Chocobo's Forest" label; is that a rock, pond, or pit?

Keep it up!

12-14-2013, 09:23 PM

I plan to go back to the unnamed city and change it as it was the first city icon that I drew for the map, and I prefer the look of Cleyra.

The thing next the label, is a forest. Was seeing how it looked if I drew it like what it looks like in game. Think I might use the style of the other forests and show its different with the chocobo in front and the label.

12-17-2013, 10:21 PM
Ok, had a try at changing the alexandria city icon. Thinking I may have a difference in the icon looks depending on the label. With the ribbons being portrait and the boxs being slightly birds eye, allowing me to keep the gates and have the detail I like in the cities.

Redid the coastline, added more forests, added a few more icons.


12-26-2013, 05:58 PM
Started colouring the piece, posted another update as I'm trying to work out what sort of border will look good for the map, and trying a more decorative look.


12-26-2013, 07:46 PM
Perfect spot for Atomos. =P

01-03-2014, 07:53 PM
As this map has so many mountains, wanted to post an update to get opinions on the colouring of the mountains, before I coloured too many. Going with 2 shades and a highlight.


01-19-2014, 07:52 AM
Great map! It's really coming along well. :)

01-20-2014, 06:05 PM

Another update, finished the border and added some more shadow. Also added some textures to see how it looks on the map.


01-20-2014, 08:31 PM
Looking fantastic Vivi!


01-27-2014, 06:03 PM

Ok I think I have finished the continent of the map, just got to finish off the border and add some more textures, and I should be done.


01-29-2014, 01:03 AM
One small remark: "continent" is written with an E, not an A. Apart from that I really like the way this map looks!

01-29-2014, 08:10 AM
Thanks just changed it, don't know how I haven't noticed that.

01-29-2014, 11:34 AM
ohlol I thought it was just a variation in spelling that your people used! :P

02-02-2014, 08:45 PM
Ok I think I might be finished with this map now, want to post it here to see if anyone can see any glaring problems. Will go to sleep and see this map tomorrow with fresh eyes, if I don't see anything wrong will post it in finished.


02-02-2014, 09:03 PM
I think it's quite good. :)

I love the way you did the plateau to the west :D

02-02-2014, 09:59 PM
I love it, the map is great but the border is actually my favourite bit. I really like the way you have put atomos and the black waltz in there.

02-03-2014, 10:38 AM

Ok, after looking at this this after having a sleep, I have decided to say it is done, so here is the link. http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/26077-mist-continent.html#post236072