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WhatTheBlazes
07-08-2014, 05:50 AM
Here are a couple of WIP maps I really should crack on with and finish. Recently picked up a Wacom tablet which is great fun - very powerful tool. And, it lets me copy more experienced people easier, which is nice.

Any feedback would be appreciated (and dilligently recorded).

Stuff I should finish - Imgur (http://imgur.com/a/RQNxT)

WhatTheBlazes
07-14-2014, 07:52 AM
I tried emulating some of the work here (cough cough Max), with a more painterly style, so here is another WIP. I'm much more enthused about this one - quite likely to finish it.

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madcowchef
07-14-2014, 10:46 AM
Nice start. The dark coastal lines aren't matched well by the faded lines on the land features, either darken the one or fade the other and it will look a lot more consistent. I really like the shape of the coastlines.

WhatTheBlazes
07-14-2014, 06:50 PM
Here's an update - thinking vaguely about the cities in this region, trade links, etc.

I finished off the mountains and rivers, and tweaked the overall settings as well.

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- Max -
07-15-2014, 02:01 PM
The forets need to be improved imho. The edges outlining looks too heavy and the coloring work is a bit confusing.

WhatTheBlazes
07-16-2014, 06:55 AM
Yeah, that's a good call. I find them quite challenging, actually. I'm not sure what the strategy on shading them is, really... I'll try some other strategies.

WhatTheBlazes
07-17-2014, 11:54 AM
Some changes to textures, colour tone and I reworked the forest - does it look a little better?

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- Max -
07-17-2014, 12:10 PM
You decreased opacity on the trees edge but I think the problem is on the forest edge outline though (a bit too thick and vague)

WhatTheBlazes
07-20-2014, 02:39 PM
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More... iterations. I added a grid for the sea, some placeholder icons for cities and some dotted lines for roads. And some paint on the land.
Still working on forest - different look this time. Maybe better.

WhatTheBlazes
07-23-2014, 05:32 AM
And, the current update. Mostly finished with the geography, although still love feedback. Trying to figure out what labels I need and how they'll work out.


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WhatTheBlazes
07-27-2014, 10:46 AM
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Working on getting the text in there. Any opinions?

Chashio
07-27-2014, 11:05 AM
That's beautiful.

Bogie
07-27-2014, 01:56 PM
Nice map. I'm not crazy about the forests, but the mountains are great!

WhatTheBlazes
07-28-2014, 10:04 AM
Thanks! Means a lot.

And yeah, I'm not 100% on the forests but I'm going to stick with them for the moment.

WhatTheBlazes
08-19-2014, 11:41 AM
A small aside - a short tutorial for mountains. A method for mountains on maps. - Imgur (http://imgur.com/a/7ZEma)

Heavy inspiration taken from Torstan (Jon Roberts).