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03-16-2014, 09:19 AM
Map
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Created in: Photoshop

Review
Everyone who already tried to make a pure black and white map knows this is a hard exercise who requires precision, sense of depth and skills to make it legible and clear. Mike Schley is a well known professional artist who talently created an end sheet map of Faerūn for R. A. Salvatore's new book "The Companions: The Sundering". His recognizable style, with its sense of detail, its clean labeling and its beautiful drawing immediatly brings us into a journey through these lands. Many authors are looking for black and white maps to insert in their books, to give some life to their worlds and their stories. No doubt that Mike Schley perfectly did it with this beautiful piece."


Here's an end sheet map of Faerun that I recently created for R. A. Salvatore's new book "The Companions: The Sundering". I love mapping the Forgotten Realms! 

Original threads
Click here to view the Finished Map thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/24324-faerun-end-sheet-map.html)

fantasymapsbt
03-16-2014, 10:17 AM
Really a awesome work. I love BW maps, and this just reached the top of my favourite BW maps list.

Azelor
03-16-2014, 11:38 AM
I like it but its very crowded.

Raptori
03-16-2014, 12:01 PM
I like it but its very crowded.

Agree with this. For example, it takes effort to follow the coastlines (which is usually effortless), which has the knock-on effect of making it extremely hard to work out the overall shape of the continent and lie of the land.

Even so I love the style and the detailing, and it's a beautiful piece of work.

Viking
03-16-2014, 01:21 PM
This is really nice work, Mike! Congratulations too!
I guess the coast line would be easier to follow if the wave designs had been more subtle.

arsheesh
03-16-2014, 06:33 PM
Congrats Mike, fantastic work!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lingon
03-16-2014, 07:18 PM
Wow! That's fantastic. So much detail in just two colors and still not hard to read at all. Very skilled work. Congratulations, Mike!

Forbesguy
03-22-2014, 02:31 AM
I like that it is busy. Makes it look hand drawn by someone from Faerun

Razron
03-28-2014, 02:57 PM
I like how the names you use are a combination of common words and new words.

JSP
04-06-2014, 01:13 AM
Fantastic work and beautiful aesthetic!

JSP

MehrdadDwarves
04-10-2014, 11:30 AM
Really like the map. Although, as mentioned, can seem a bit crowded. But great work, and lovely attention to detail

Bogie
04-15-2014, 12:49 AM
Congrats Mike!

Schley
04-16-2014, 04:28 PM
Thanks guys! Faerūn is always a thrill to map.

I agree that this one got a bit "busy". Gotta keep an eye on that. I think I'll hold back on the horizontal lines next time; at least when they begin competing with the land mass details.

NecroticBanana
04-28-2014, 12:29 AM
This is really awesome, i really enjoy seeing my favorite classic settings done in a different way, visually.

s0meguy
05-21-2014, 08:33 AM
It hurts my eyes...

ayaella
06-13-2014, 01:57 AM
There's so much detail, you can easily see that Mike put in a lot of time into its creation.

Benwyn
07-04-2014, 11:18 PM
I love it in BW. This is incredible. Great work

Andre Mauruto
07-06-2014, 12:06 AM
This is really nice work, Mike!

yondar
07-10-2014, 12:42 PM
Great Map, thanks for showing us your work.

HBLyne
09-18-2014, 04:28 AM
Wow, beautiful piece. I love it.

dekee
09-18-2014, 06:49 AM
Got to have a lot of skill for something like this! Really like it!