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madcowchef
03-18-2014, 01:31 PM
Here's a regional map I'm working on for a relatively arid world with lake systems forming the inhabited regions and deserts as the main terrain divider. I'm very happy with the over all look, though a few of the features I simply need to get better at making before much improvements can be made (such as the mountains). I did both a color version and a black and white version with less texturing. Thoughts and criticisms are most welcome.

http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/madcowchef-albums-tests-picture62427-2lakesn.jpg

http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/madcowchef-albums-tests-picture62428-2lakesnbw.jpg

Azelor
03-18-2014, 02:12 PM
It's a very nice map ! Is it supposed to be some sort of mediterranean climate?

madcowchef
03-18-2014, 02:39 PM
I believe so, but I'm not the originator of that part, just the map maker. I like themed worlds despite the typical lack of complete realism in the climates. Like any good story you need a certain suspension of disbelief for it to work. I'm not extremely knowledgeable about climates, but its my understanding that without the ability to moderate the temperatures that having large ocean masses provide having a habitable planet is much more difficult.

arsheesh
03-18-2014, 03:49 PM
This looks very nice Madcowchef! I'll definitely be keeping my eye on this.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ilanthar
03-19-2014, 07:50 AM
I love it! Good colors, nice border and mountains... And I like the squared flags! Do you have a bigger version? It's hard to see details of the towns/forests.

Caenwyr
03-19-2014, 10:42 AM
I love it! Good colors, nice border and mountains... And I like the squared flags! Do you have a bigger version? It's hard to see details of the towns/forests. I had the same feeling, but you can visualize the full version of the images if you right click them and select "open in new tab". Enjoy! They're pretty great maps!

Ares96
03-19-2014, 11:57 AM
I believe so, but I'm not the originator of that part, just the map maker. I like themed worlds despite the typical lack of complete realism in the climates. Like any good story you need a certain suspension of disbelief for it to work. I'm not extremely knowledgeable about climates, but its my understanding that without the ability to moderate the temperatures that having large ocean masses provide having a habitable planet is much more difficult.

Actually, speaking as the person who commissioned this, the planet at large is quite a bit colder than that; Iceland or Patagonia would be the closest equivalent climates on Earth, albeit the area pictured here (close to the equator) is a bit warmer, just warm enough to grow most earthly cereal crops and let the lakes and rivers host living fish (though swimming still isn't a very good idea).

Domino44
03-19-2014, 01:07 PM
I've been watching as you posted your progress of this map in your folder. Simply lovely. :)

madcowchef
03-19-2014, 01:22 PM
There's your climate answers from the man/women himself/herself. Speaking of progress here is the better version of the black and white, with fill style shading on the pennants so you can actual tell them apart. Not sure how to make an image do the standard enlarge-when-you-click-it thing when its from one of your albums.
http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/madcowchef-albums-tests-picture62430-2lakespbw.jpg

Ares96
03-19-2014, 01:42 PM
I'm male. Incidentally, insofar as it has any bearing on this, the world in question is called Hume. Not for the philosopher, but simply because its inhabitants are human. Yeah, I know, but when one of the main themes of your story is how truth mutates into legend you're going to end up with A LOT of placenames that sound like bad puns.

Diamond
03-19-2014, 01:43 PM
That is pretty breathtaking, madcow. I think really my only critique is that the dark outer glow around the smaller rivers makes them look too intense and dominating. Is there a way to fade out that glow the smaller the river gets?

madcowchef
03-19-2014, 02:13 PM
I could rasterize the river shadows and manually go in and lighten them on the smaller sections or use a gradient over a layer mask of them to fade the effect. There is always a way! Thanks for the use of your eye for detail, I'll have a look at those.

- Max -
03-19-2014, 02:27 PM
Nice work there.I agree with Diamond on the river stroke. Also I'm not fan about the combination of hand-drawn mountains and caterpillar lines to show reliefs. It would be more consistent to use either hand-drawn stuff for all or caterpillar only for all.

Ilanthar
03-20-2014, 05:47 AM
By Caenwyr
you can visualize the full version of the images if you right click them and select "open in new tab"

Thanks! I can appreciate the details now :) You've made a very good work on this one Madcowchef!