View Full Version : Pencil sketch gone overboard

06-22-2014, 08:28 PM
I'm working on a new novel idea and after several hours with a pencil and some hand cramps here's what I have. It will be loosely based (very loosely based lol) on Norse mythology. just throwing it out for comments on the land mass distribution. the cliff like structure across the north will be an ice wall.

06-22-2014, 08:40 PM
This looks fantastic! I love hand drawn maps and this is one if not the best ones i've seen.

06-22-2014, 08:49 PM
Thanks ... i'll post an update when finished

06-22-2014, 10:14 PM
Looking forward to it, this has a lot of promise.


06-25-2014, 05:12 PM
65223 Playing with mountains now...just an experiment

06-25-2014, 07:45 PM
I really like those mountains.

07-10-2014, 09:56 PM
pretty much done with map now I'm working on labeling the key landmasses now...65655

- Max -
07-11-2014, 04:29 AM
Very nice stuff :)

07-11-2014, 08:20 AM
Yes its realy a lovely rendering. Especially the Forests and the cliffs have something very charming to them.

07-11-2014, 11:19 AM
Yes its realy a lovely rendering. Especially the Forests and the cliffs have something very charming to them.

Yes, I second that. I also enjoy the variety and layout of hills and mountains and that swamp! The corner art is pretty sweet as well. You know-- I'm usually drawn to any map incorporating pencil or natural media, but this one is especially splendid... and I like all of it. Or most of it. I think I preferred the first NW river rendering to the second, but oh well. :)

Do have a couple questions for you if you don't mind... what sort of paper are you using, and, are all of the drawn elements on the same sheet or multiple?

07-11-2014, 05:04 PM
thanks for the compliments...this is my second world map and I am extremely pleased with it.
It is drawn on two sheets of standard printer paper and a mechanical pencil with .05 lead. I think its no 2 hardness. and some finger smudges. The Dragon boat and sword banner were done on a third sheet of paper. I used paint shop pro to paste it together. I failed to notice the light area running down the center, working on that now.
I'm a bit of a doodler and I decided to throw in a couple of drawn non map elements into this for fun.

once again thanks for the kind words and advice.

07-11-2014, 10:12 PM
Looks fantastic. I wish I could hand-draw as well as that.

The only very mild criticism I have is the little cliffs you have here and there are VERY smooth, compared to say the coastlines and so on. They look a little out of place.

07-12-2014, 08:49 AM
criticism is always welcomed, it helps me learn. The cliffs along the northern ocean are going to be labeled the ice wall, a huge glacier that covers the far northern regions.