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kpadua
09-01-2008, 09:04 PM
I am a Mom of two boys who loves the world of cartography. I found this site by surfing around. My background is art and from an early age I have always had an affliction for drawing, and drafting. Don't get me an art supply store, I will never come out! I have my BA in Interior Design and my favorite part about college was drawing! I also love maps and whenever I get the chance when I am reading LOTR I have to look at the maps and study them. Give me an old mariner's map anyday!

cmkinsac
09-01-2008, 09:09 PM
it is good to have another cartographer here with similar interests in drawing! If you want to try making your own, you can try a free trial of Fractal Terrains Pro, or read various tutorials on making maps using diffusion clouds in GIMP or Photoshop.

Gamerprinter
09-01-2008, 09:29 PM
Welcome, Kpadua! You have indeed found a place for lovers of maps and cartography. Have you created any kind of maps, hand-drawn or otherwise? We would dearly love to see them.

Look in our software forums - there are lots of tools for creating maps, some dedicated to mapping only, some as vector or raster imaging editors that will let you create most anything. Many users here are hand-drawn artists, some using a digitizing tablet replicate hand-drawn work digitally. There are many options for the potential cartographer. Many applications are free - GIMP, Inkscape, etc.

Anyway, I think you really found a gem in this site - visit often, post questions and especially post maps so we can praise, critique and guide you to better mapping!

Again, welcome!

GP

NeonKnight
09-01-2008, 11:59 PM
Welcome to the Guild. Much to see here!

ravells
09-02-2008, 06:42 AM
Welcome to the Guild. The others have said it all - looking forward to seeing your maps! Most of us have no formal art training, so it would be lovely if you could comment on other people's WIPS from that point of view. Enjoy your stay!

Steel General
09-02-2008, 08:53 AM
Welcome aboard!

kpadua
09-02-2008, 04:33 PM
I will try and post when I can and try to view as much as I can! Unfortunately I don't have any maps to post. I wish I did. I have other art such as pencil drawings, and graphic floor plans. I have a strong interest as well in Calligraphy and practice when I can. I would like to start a map project and eventually post it! It will definitely be a work in progress. :P It's great to know that there is specific areas of interest in the guild. How exciting is that!