View Full Version : WIP - Mapping "Karani's World" (world for a collection of short stories)

07-12-2014, 08:27 AM
So for a while now I've been trying to get all the stuff that happens in this series of short stories that I'm writing into a collective map. Turns out, when you only input the hero's journey, there is a lot of empty space left ^^
Then I tried to give it a sense of distance and realism (I had deserts and ice on the same continent, which rarely happens within 500km, except maybe in GoT).

This is the WIP so far:
http://i.imgur.com/XoFZQLQl.jpg (http://imgur.com/XoFZQLQ)

My main problem right now is finding the right typeface, color and positioning of all the elements that label forests, plains, mountains and the sea :)

Here is also an album of the previous versions, the first one being made in September of last year. I guess there was a level up somewhere in between.

maps - Imgur (http://imgur.com/a/CKRMO)

07-12-2014, 11:53 AM
I like the look of your map, although, like you say, it needs to have a better defined style. Are you making it look modern/atlas-style? Fantasy'ish? Satellite view like? I think that once you are clear about what you want, it'll look clearer as well.

Now, something that is definitely absent as it is, and it would help a lot, is a sense of scale. Is this a mediterranean size Sea, an ocean, or a channel between two islands?

07-12-2014, 02:07 PM
Not a big fan of that style but you did pretty well in my opinion.

about positioning elements, mostly text : http://www.ln2.lojic.org/main/TECHHELP/pdfs/Positioning_Names_on_Maps.pdf