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02-18-2014, 06:38 PM
The Island of Acania and The Murtail Coast

I created this map entirely by hand (no special brushes, art, text or other elements) with my Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition.
It has taken me quite a while as it's the first map I've completed with my tablet and it's been more of a test than anything else but I'm rather happy with it.

Acania is the island home of a little adventure story that I'm going to try and write with my first child (currently merrily growing away in my wife's tummy) in mind. It is an ancient place which has been the seat of a great Kingdom for the last few hundred years while the rest of the continent has been embroiled in bitter wars. It's prosperity has drawn the attention of those across the channel who are most affected by the constant fighting and they are now making their way into Acania in search of a new start and their share of the wealth accumulated there.

Most visitors to the Isle make landfall at the port outside Walf's Gate. From there, it's a short journey to the Capitol - the great walled city of Mur Lennek (whose walls have, recently, failed to hold back the tides of expansion; the 'city' now spills onto the foothills surrounding it for some miles). The nation's standing army - somewhat diminished of late - is barracked, trained and based in the huge fort taking up much of a small island connected by a land bridge to the mainland; The Kolung. Stonewall is the southernmost city in Acania and is closest to Murtail.

I'd imagined Acania as being of a similar climate to northern France; slightly cooler in the north and mildly warm year round in the south. I've tried to have the landmass dictate the rivers and I'd imagined the island as being relatively old in geological terms so the small mountains are relatively central and would be rather smooth and lacking in starkly defined peaks.

I've never tried this style of map before (this is, actually, the first map I've painted; all of my others are entirely black and white!) but I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. I've also got another version without the wash/paper overlay which has deeper contrast and more vibrant colours but I like the wash as, I believe, it gives it that aged sort of feel.

This is the first map I've posted here so, please, feel free to include as much creative criticism as you're able!

Many thanks,


02-18-2014, 07:23 PM
Really sweet map. Sounds like its part of a great project!

02-18-2014, 07:48 PM
This is lovely! Congrats on finishing your first tablet map.


- Max -
02-19-2014, 03:23 AM
Nice map :)

02-19-2014, 03:33 AM
That's really nice, I like the mountains! Good soft colors too. Is the spelling in the cartouche intentional? :)

02-19-2014, 03:48 AM
Thanks guys :

Lingon - Yeah, I was going for an 'olde worlde' sort of feel with that :)

02-19-2014, 05:01 AM
I really like this : good drawings, good colors, everything is well done. It makes me hard to believe you actually did it on a Samsung Note (a smartphone, correct?).

My only critic would be about the large townes and cities :). Though I like the shields, it's not obvious it represents cities at first sight imho.

- Max -
02-19-2014, 05:06 AM
I really like this : good drawings, good colors, everything is well done. It makes me hard to believe you actually did it on a Samsung Note (a smartphone, correct?).
It's a tablet ;)

02-19-2014, 05:14 AM
nice work for a tablet - what app were you using?

02-19-2014, 05:31 AM
Thanks again!

Ilanthar - As Max says, it's a tablet - but the stylus is pretty small so I've given myself cramp repeatedly using it lol! I'll bear that in mind about the cities - I was trying to find a different way (other than having circles/squares/triangles or just names) to denote the cities. I thought that their own personal crests would be a nice touch, but I do see what you mean. Perhaps I'll reserve that for principalities or districts or whatever in future.

vorropohaiah - It's "Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for Galaxy" - I've not actually updated to to full version, yet, this is the version that comes on Notes (tablets and phones - I have the Note 3 that I also have started using for map-making; hopefully I'll be able to put some of them up on here very shortly!)

02-19-2014, 05:57 AM
I've tried using my tablet and phablet for maps using the phototshop app, but struggle without a stylus

02-19-2014, 06:01 AM
Yeah - it is difficult without. You can buy generic ones quite cheaply if you want to - otherwise you can go high-end and get some really nice stylus(es? i? 's? Plural aid, please!) that work as though you weer using a wacom tablet. In fact, that Note styluses (we're going with 'es') were developed by Wacom so they're really good.

I'd recommend Autodesk software for phablets over Photoshop; the apps Adobe is churning out now is way too focused on photomanip for the Instagrammers, etc. so it's pretty useless for art (in my opinion).

02-19-2014, 07:28 AM
couldnt agree more on the focus on photo manipulation - lots of recolouring, cropping etc, and not enough stuff like pen tools etc. ill have to try the autodesk app again. had DLed a free version a while ago though never got round to using it again.

and i'd go with styluses :)

02-19-2014, 07:30 AM
Go for it! Sketchbook is really quite powerful and has pressure support for styluses, too (styluses it is!) :)