View Full Version : Odvaha sky (star map)

01-27-2014, 07:07 PM
When I first joined this forum I posted a thread about star maps and I said that someday I wanted to do one. Today is that someday!

The red cloud is called the fire river, in Odvaha mythology it is the fire river of heaven. Only the worthy and pure people will able to cross its burning stream and enter into paradise. It's light also reflects off the moon therefore their moon has an orange glow.

I wanted to give the constellations more artistic names but I felt like that overcomplicated it so I went with literal names. The text around the rim of the map, phase 1-12 are the phases of the moon aka months. There are three clusters, thirty-five constellations, and seven of those are zodiac constellations.

As always all comments are appreciated :)

the first thumbnail has text that has full opacity, the second one is slightly faded.

01-27-2014, 07:16 PM
Sky maps have a special place in my heart. :)

... I like the faded text better. :D


01-27-2014, 07:19 PM
Wow, that is awesome work. I'm no astronomer and so can't vouch for the 'veracity' of the layout, but it works for me. Looks very authentic and 'in-world'. Have some rep.

01-28-2014, 04:55 AM
Very fine map! Celestial maps are quite difficult to do imo and you've done it very well.
Like Jalyha, I prefer the faded text version.

01-28-2014, 05:05 AM
that is a great map! I liked tha faded text too.
Usualy when we see a star map we think in a sci fi thing, but this one have some mystical touch, i liked a lots

01-28-2014, 08:47 AM
Very cool! You always think outside the box, that's awesome :) I like the faded text better, too. The blue is very strong and doesn't show the aging of the paper, that looks a little odd to me, and the seasons font seems very squished together… Otherwise, a great and inspirational star map!

01-28-2014, 12:32 PM
Thanks everyone! :)

@Lingon: I'll see what I can do to fix the text and I'll try to get some of the aged paper texture into the blue as well. :)

01-28-2014, 10:30 PM
I faded the blue background worked on the season text. I also made symbols for the zodiac constellations which I added onto the map next to their corresponding signs.


01-29-2014, 01:23 AM
Won't let me rep you :(

That's so beautiful! :D

01-29-2014, 10:06 AM
Thanks Jalyha! :)

01-29-2014, 11:52 AM
Very nice improvement, I like your zodiac symbols too by the way!

01-29-2014, 12:03 PM
Thanks Ilanthar! Soon I am also going to map out the land of Odvaha and that map will have a few more of the same style symbols as well. :)

01-29-2014, 12:05 PM
I wish my constellations could be that good :(

01-29-2014, 12:11 PM
Jalyha, I'm sure your constellations are great!

01-29-2014, 12:31 PM
Lol, they're like... a few sad little lines... it's in my avatar picture :/

01-29-2014, 02:14 PM
I like your avatar picture Jalyha. :)

01-29-2014, 02:25 PM
Very good work Domino44! The red cloud is the best part IMO, it looks just plain gorgeous. I think the black outline round the hemisphere could be improved if it were a bit thicker though. Also there're some typos in the text that you might want to correct for the final version :)

01-29-2014, 04:08 PM
A few typos was a nice way to put it… there were a lot of typos… thanks for pointing that out. :)

01-29-2014, 08:24 PM
I fixed the typos if I missed any let me know. :)


01-29-2014, 08:53 PM
Meh. Mine's just dots and lines :P I'll fix it someday.

I don't see any more typos... I did notice, "The Duck" ... the lettering seems to curve *away* from the constellation. I just don't know if that's intentional. :P

01-30-2014, 09:08 AM
that was not intentional and I have fixed it :)

01-30-2014, 10:04 AM
:D Yay I'm useful.

01-30-2014, 10:03 PM
You are always helpful Jalyha… :)

01-31-2014, 12:25 PM
Its finished :)


01-31-2014, 01:08 PM

And inspiring. I'll work on mine after goat island :twisted:

(btw, do you still like my avatar picture? O:-) )

01-31-2014, 01:18 PM
I think we should all move to a purely circular map format, this just proves it.

01-31-2014, 02:12 PM

Yes Jalyha I still like your picture… it shows off your silliness… :)

01-31-2014, 02:31 PM
I've no idea what you mean.. i'm totally srs. :o (But yeah, wonderful map.. won't let me rep you at the moment :( )

01-31-2014, 04:28 PM
Excellent job!
(I still think the seasons are too stretched, but… personal taste thing :P)