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Llannagh
03-19-2014, 04:11 PM
Taking the experiences I had with my last WIP I started working on the whole map for that region. Gigantomaniac I am, this document is already pretty huge, covering an area about the size of Ireland. If I'm ever going to make a world map, I can only hope that computer technology will have evolved to a level that matches my insanity by then. :)

I pasted the original basemap of the Six Scorchwise Fiefdoms into it. As expected, there are some visible differences in regards to the colours, but I hope to be able to blend it in. As of now the edges of the original document are still quite visible.

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Right now I'm working on the general geography with mountains, hills and plains. I am already getting sucked in to making it quite detailed, but you know, if that's where it's taking me, I'm fine with it although I wanted to do a simpler map originally. :)

Rock on,
Llannagh

Lingon
03-19-2014, 05:47 PM
You can always hope for quantum computers! That might take a while though…
Anyway, it's a good start, the shape of the island is very good! If you plan to fill all that area with detail and info, it'll look awesome :)

Ilanthar
03-20-2014, 06:49 AM
Nice start. I must say I like the way you do your mountains!

Llannagh
04-25-2014, 08:56 AM
Hey folks!

It's been ages since I posted anything or had a look at the no doubt wonderful new mapperage that must have sprouted here in the last few weeks. I'm currently working in a new job and am in the process of relocating. That'S all a bit stressful yet exciting. Things should calm down soon though, so I dusted off this project again.

It's probably a good thing that I got some distance to it. I didn't do much yet but still wante to post the smallest of progress I made. I scaled the document down quite a bit, which was areally good idea, I guess. Before the image was kinda blurry when looked at at a 100 percent. Now I think I got the size about right for a landmass like that.

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I originally just wanted to paint in forests with my forest brush, but I think it works quite well for adding more detail. I guess I'll try to make similar brush for grasslands or something like that...

So, my question here would be what do you think of the overall look and feel of it? The island is about Ireland's size, so this will be more of an overview map.

Cheers all, glad to be back!

Llannagh
04-25-2014, 01:32 PM
Already got something:

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This is a section of the whole map which I scaled down by 50%. I'd consider this stage a beta phase, geography-wise. Labels and stuff will come last.

Lingon
04-25-2014, 04:38 PM
Really liking the forests!

Ilanthar
04-26-2014, 09:25 AM
That's good looking Llannagh!

Llannagh
04-26-2014, 10:50 AM
Thanks guys. It'S all a bit green, though, isn't it? I mean it's supposed to be kind of Ireland-y, but I get the feeling it's going to need something else to not make it it boring to look at...

Lingon
04-27-2014, 06:15 AM
Yup, some more color would do this map good. You could make the non-forested land a little more yellow or brown, or darken the forests, for example :)

Ilanthar
04-27-2014, 09:22 AM
By Llannagh
It'S all a bit green, though, isn't it? I mean it's supposed to be kind of Ireland-y

Yep, I already see the leprechauns in here :D. I would exactly go with Lingon suggestion on this : your forests are very good, you could change the color of the lands a bit.

Llannagh
05-25-2014, 08:20 AM
Alright, folks, I had a bit of time again to work on this map.

As suggested I tried changing the colour variation. I tend to go with pretty desaturated colours for some reason, so for a change I used a more saturated green. I also played around with different layer styles, namely vivid light and divide. INTERESTING effects!
It's not final of course, but I guess I'm going in the right direction. Plus it might be even more attractive for leprechauns to settle there. ;)

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I hope I'll have the time to update this more frequently aswell as reading and posting in other threads.

Anyways, read you all later! Cheers.

Llannagh
05-25-2014, 02:26 PM
Had more time to work on it as I thought, so here comes a semifinal version of the topographic map:

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No labels or anything yet. But the details, forests and rivers are all there. I tried to balance the colours a bit more and made the sea a richer blue. Also added a slight glow to set off the coastline.

I plan on putting this document into a larger one so I can add a frame, cartouches and descriptions. Towns, roads and border are also still missing, and I'm considering not to add those and instead just label a few landmarks. I guess I'll make a political map with all the settlements etc. in a different, more stylized style. Something with a handdrawn, b/w look.

Alrighty, glad to be back in the game!

Ilanthar
05-26-2014, 06:59 AM
I like your new colors on the lands, but some spots are a bit too red/yellow to my personnel taste. Maybe an even more progressive color scale?
And, I would do the same about your new sea coloring.
But that's just matter of taste, I suppose. I know I tend to prefer faded colors...

Llannagh
05-28-2014, 01:40 AM
Yeah, I need to tweak it a bit so the reddish spots will go away. Would you mind explaining the progressive color scale? If I'm not mistaken that's painting basics, but since I'm self taught I'm not sur I know what you mean! :)

The sea needs to be desaturated again, I agree. That was a bit too much. Plus I don't want to put too much emphasis on it.

Ilanthar
05-28-2014, 12:27 PM
Well, I mean a gradiant of colors, like clear blue to dark blue and/or less to more saturated blue for the sea. You could from a clear blue on the coast to a deeper blue for the high sea.

Llannagh
06-09-2014, 06:58 AM
Okay, another small update. I tried to get rid of the reddish spots, worked on the contrast which imo makes it seem sharper, and desaturated the sea again. I have not added a gradient to the water yet, I'll leave that to the end.

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Any ideas how I could achieve a more detailed and sharper look? I'm also glad for suggestions on labeling. As mentioned above, I think this map would be too rich/full to add too many labels, so I'm thinking of maybe just turning this into a geographical map and do the political map in a different style.

While you fine folks ponder this, I'll go ahead and work on the political style!

Cheers everyone,
Llannagh