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arakish
08-22-2008, 12:14 AM
How do?

I finally joined these forum boards after knowing about them for about 3, 4, 5, or more years.

I have been a cartographer and map collector my entire life, since the age of 7. In fact, when I was 8, I drew a map for a report project in 3rd grade. I was flunked when the teacher accused me of tracing the map. Of course my mom showed the teacher the map I duplicated, but I had also duplicated the map three times its size on the encyclopedia page. The same thing happened the next year when I did North Carolina, but not just the map, but a picture of the flag and state bird. Afterwards, I gave up art. But I continued drawing maps, just for myself.

Needless to say, I am much better at hand drawing maps than I am on the computer. However, there is one type of map I can make much better on computer than by hand: Color Shaded Relief Map.

Although I have never become expert at making maps, I do think I am quite decent. Some recent endeavers.

http://www.udava.info/info/sctn04/maps/Doraman.gif

http://www.udava.info/info/sctn04/maps/YadTerrAll.gif

Please note that these maps are old and are getting redone.

Recently, I acquired Bryce and DAZ Studio and am trying to learn knew methods of making maps by using 3D ray tracers.

Now off to skim through the millions of posts here...

rmfr

Gamerprinter
08-22-2008, 12:23 AM
Those are excellent maps!

Welcome to our humble site, from simply just knowing us forever. Looks like you know what you're doing. What software did you use to create those maps?

Plus, hand-drawn? I'd love to see your work, post some of those, please. :D

Again, welcome!

GP

arakish
08-22-2008, 02:29 AM
Those are excellent maps!

Welcome to our humble site, from simply just knowing us forever. Looks like you know what you're doing. What software did you use to create those maps?


I used a combination of ArcMap, Photoshop, and Paint Shop Pro with a lot of work. Of course, I started with a mess load of USGS DEMs to get some of the reliefs.



Plus, hand-drawn? I'd love to see your work, post some of those, please. :D

Again, welcome!

GP

Yes I had some hand drawn maps. However, when I have visited some of the hobby shops that also had FtF role playing, they would either get bought (most of them) or end up missing. Thus, I no longer have any left. Sorry. Maybe I have some in my storage unit. Will have to look.

rmfr

NeonKnight
08-22-2008, 08:17 AM
Welcome to the guild!

Steel General
08-22-2008, 08:49 AM
Welcome aboard! Look forward to seeing more of your work.

ravells
08-23-2008, 08:52 PM
Welcome to the Guild! Nice maps, I like the shapes and the ideas but to my eye the colours are a bit lurid and the font sizes are a bit huge!

Good start....let's see more!

arakish
09-08-2008, 03:57 AM
Sorry to have been gone for a while, but a 1,000,001 posts to read through is quite a bit.

Lots of helpful info here!!!!!

Care if I advert this site on another forum board I visit quite often?

rmfr

arakish
09-08-2008, 04:04 AM
I think me stupid.

How start new topic if want to showcase some work? Figured should go under Finished Maps, but can't figure how to start new topic. Am used to SMF forum powered boards, and this don't seem the same.

Help.

rmfr

delgondahntelius
09-08-2008, 04:10 AM
at the top of the forum you should see this:
6397

Just click the new post and fire away :)

and know, we don't mind you telling people about our little corner of the web :D

arakish
09-08-2008, 04:24 AM
Thanks, I figured it out, but, Thanks.

And thanks for adverting this site.

rmfr

Turgenev
09-08-2008, 06:06 PM
Welcome to the boards, arakish. Nice maps that you posted. I like the idea of having the original coastline listed on the map.