View Full Version : Central Alemnia by Daelin

04-11-2014, 01:21 AM


Created in: Photoshop

Toward the end of last year Daelin shared this stunning piece with the Guild. The mountains and soft river basins set on an elegant off-white land-form really make this piece stand out. Though it has taken several months, we are now proud to introduce Central Alemnia (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/25432-central-alemnia.html) as our new Cartographers Choice featured map. Well done Daelin!

Hey guys,
So, for this map, my goal was just to make the most crisp, fat-looking mountains possible, and let the other elements, like forests and rivers, be secondary. I tried doing some coloring work, but I kept thinking the bone-color monochrome feel of the land was cooler, so that's how I kept it.

Original thread
Click here to view the Finished Map thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/25432-central-alemnia.html)

04-11-2014, 02:44 PM
Congratulation Daelin . This map has a nice Feel to it and the mountains are really awesome.

04-11-2014, 10:12 PM
Congrats. A high honour well deserved.

Although the mountains are obviously the standout feature, nothing about this map looks bad, from the forests to the 3d-like legend. My favourite part (after the mountains) is the compass rose.


04-14-2014, 11:46 PM
Congratulations Daelin, wonderful map!

04-15-2014, 12:21 AM
Great job! I love the colors. This reminds me of the map of Westeros from Game of Thrones.

04-15-2014, 01:29 AM
This map is very cool.

Makes me think of Melnibone for all the right reasons.

04-17-2014, 03:40 PM
Maps like this make me want to sit behind the cartographer every step of the way and just watch. Simply excelled. I read in the original Finished Map thread that you used some of Tom Patterson (cartography God, we're not worthy we're not worthy)'s shaded relief maps, coupled with a bevel/emboss to create that shading effect. You should consider writing a tutorial for this effect, as I for one would love to see the steps in the process. The final effect is brilliant.

Bryan Livingston
04-17-2014, 04:39 PM
I love this style. Love the font as well.

04-24-2014, 09:41 AM
Excellent work Daelin!

05-26-2014, 08:48 AM
I love the color choices, very nice. Congratulations!

07-04-2014, 10:17 PM
This is one of my favorites! Excellent job

07-13-2014, 08:25 AM
Looks very beautifull , what specific artist did you use for the mountains from that website (http://shadedreliefarchive.com/Bill_von_Allmen.html)? For the mountains? to me looks like they mostly used heightmap data, then reworket that but perhaps not ?

07-25-2014, 01:02 PM
That's gorgeous - outstanding work. Amazing detail.

09-18-2014, 05:41 AM
Colors are great!

09-23-2014, 07:52 AM
This is pretty nifty. I like how the gradient in the text (a bit of an ornamented feature) seems to offset the simplicity of the color palette. I dig the mountains and the forests, are there specific tutorials or techniques you used there? I'd be interested in trying my hand at that if so. Great work, thanks for sharing!

10-22-2014, 08:10 AM
i love the colors ..
can you give me the color ID ? i have been having troubles with the coloring
for both the sea, and the land.
it really looks awesome

10-29-2014, 01:40 AM
Very cool map.

11-23-2014, 05:00 PM
Wow, this is an absolutely stunning map! There is nothing about this I don't like, and the mountains really look amazing.

11-23-2014, 05:51 PM
I agree with pengwing, it's great!

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12-15-2014, 02:46 PM
Beautiful map indeed. The compass and the way it radiates is a really nice touch too. The only thing that I find distracting perhaps is that this map makes me feel kinda.. cold ? :)

12-17-2014, 10:17 AM
For me simply the best map on Cartography Guild site.

01-17-2015, 11:15 PM
Completely gorgeous work. As so many people have said, the mountains are amazing. and I would love to be able to pull those off so well. Good font choices, too! Everything you've done is classic and very readable without being boring.

One extremely minor quibble. When you're talking about geography, "strait" is the proper spelling for a narrow body of water, not "straight". Just so you know!

01-21-2015, 08:34 AM
When you're talking about geography, "strait" is the proper spelling

I think that's what's called a brain fart. I suck. :x

01-21-2015, 09:52 AM
You know, I noticed that too when I first looked at the map, but then I looked at other maps by Daelin and on subsequent ones, it was spelled "strait", so I figured he already knew .... :)

01-21-2015, 04:57 PM
I have been trying for weeks to make a map and am struggling. This is truly a beautiful map and certainly motivational for me to keep trying. <3

01-28-2015, 12:26 AM
gorgeous, absolutely stunning.

01-29-2015, 08:14 AM
I have been trying for weeks to make a map and am struggling. This is truly a beautiful map and certainly motivational for me to keep trying. <3

This map is a great inspiration and motivational piece, no? :)