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Bohunk
10-01-2008, 09:34 AM
Ok inspired by rob75067 and his maps I will start a WIP myself. I haven't done a map in a while because I moved into a new house and had a lot of work to do. I have decided to take some time off from working on the house and do this map. Priorities right?

Anywho, I lucked out and got a FT coastline rather quickly so I can get down to work. Besides the coastline, I have decided not to use CC3 and make this map strictly in Elements.

robb75067
10-01-2008, 09:38 AM
I'll be following this map for sure

Bohunk
10-01-2008, 10:48 AM
I like this look so far. I was playing with brush strokes to kinda tone down the detail from the FT png. I discovered that Accented Edges gives you an outline to your coastline and takes a lot of detail away to give that hand drawn feeling.

I was playing with the coastal lines that are found in many parchment maps and discovered through trial and error that a thick outline around the coast, then the brush stroke spatter with a motion blur gives a great effect and is rather simple to do. It might not be perfect but not bad for a huge map.

Next step: mountains, I finally get to break out my new stylus!

Bohunk
10-01-2008, 06:38 PM
Added mountains, rivers and a coastline. I think as far as symbols go, I'm done. I used my stylus for the first time and it was certainly harder than I thought but I soon got the hang of it.

ravells
10-01-2008, 06:54 PM
As you know, I'm a huge fan of your maps, Bohunk - I love the way that this one is going! Forget the house - do the map!

Bohunk
10-01-2008, 10:24 PM
As you know, I'm a huge fan of your maps, Bohunk - I love the way that this one is going! Forget the house - do the map!

Uh-oh pressure's on! I hope I don't disapoint, never done a play by play before.


Added mountains, rivers and a coastline. I think as far as symbols go, I'm done. I used my stylus for the first time and it was certainly harder than I thought but I soon got the hang of it.

I lied; added trees... :P

Ascension
10-01-2008, 10:51 PM
I'm a fan as well and this one also looks good. Nice job so far.

robb75067
10-01-2008, 11:41 PM
Looking good buddy

Steel General
10-02-2008, 07:16 AM
I'm liking this very much so far.

Bohunk
10-02-2008, 10:33 PM
Added labels and a tapestry texture and color. I am having trouble with the lower right quad. I think this can be finished but the empty space there is bugging me. Any ideas?

Also, I'm 50/50 on putting a scale on the map. However there is very little sea between the west islands and the east islands. So this is the entire world as these islands are huge and they cross the entire planet. So I think a scale might be a little silly. Wahtya think?

Ghostman
10-03-2008, 05:58 AM
Wow, I love that tapestry look, it really livens up the map. Although the thick black outlines seem a bit strong contrast to the background. Making them a tiny bit transparent might make this look more real (what I mean is like you can still see the texture through the red labels).

As for your question about scales, it would be useful information for those who don't know how big the planet is. But if the map is supposed to represent something made by the inhabitants of the world, then it comes down to the queston of whether they would have included a scale. Oh, and since this is the entire world map, the biggest islands should count as continents.

Gandwarf
10-03-2008, 06:45 AM
Wow, I love that tapestry look, it really livens up the map.

Agreed, it looks really nice!

Steel General
10-03-2008, 07:15 AM
Compass rose and scale maybe? Or maybe some kind of "signature" by the mapmaker, someone else recently did that and I thought it a good idea. Or heck, you could do both.

robb75067
10-03-2008, 09:17 AM
I think the map looks great as is. The empty space doesn't detract at all. The fonts and style lead be to believe it's authenticity and scale may detract from it. I think the General had a great idea in some sort of signature if you really had to fill the space.

Bohunk
10-03-2008, 06:45 PM
Ok I agreed with ghostman and toned down the coastlines. I added the ship and scale but have the map saved without them. I can't figure out which I like more. Unless somebody says something brilliant, I will call it quits on this one.

This is the first non-CC3 map I ever made and I am happy with it.

robb75067
10-03-2008, 07:06 PM
another awesome map.

delgondahntelius
10-03-2008, 11:04 PM
Dude... that is one sweet ass map.... seriously, that map just rocks!!

Ghostman
10-04-2008, 05:52 AM
I'd say a ship as awesome as that is a definite keeper. But with or without it, this map is just plain gorgeous.

Bohunk
10-04-2008, 07:06 AM
Thanks guys. I appreciate the comments. I still feel its missing something, maybe I am just used to putting more detail in my maps. I don't know but thanks again for the comments.

Steel General
10-04-2008, 07:43 AM
I agree, the ship(s) was a great choice to fill that "void".

I duly dub thee repped *bonk*

Bohunk
10-04-2008, 10:05 PM
Guys I had to share this with you, I think it's a neat effect. Used this plaster texture to overlay instead of the tapestry.

robb75067
10-04-2008, 10:37 PM
Damn thats hot. That wasn't in photshop was it?

Steel General
10-05-2008, 10:49 AM
That is a pretty cool effect.

I think you need to be pretty careful how you use it though, in your first example, the map is barely visible anymore. But if that's what your looking to do, then all's good.

Bohunk
10-05-2008, 01:38 PM
Damn thats hot. That wasn't in photshop was it?

If you mean the texture, no I got it from cgtextures.com.


That is a pretty cool effect.

I think you need to be pretty careful how you use it though, in your first example, the map is barely visible anymore. But if that's what your looking to do, then all's good.

Yea I realize that it has too much missing from the map, and it would never be a final. I just thought it looked cool. I was downloading from cgtextures.com and saw it and wanted to give it a try.

The Stoat
10-11-2008, 02:42 PM
This is a fantastic map.
I have just a few tweaks I saw. The coastline and title are darker than any other features. If the coast line I think would look better if it was a closer match to the fade into the ocean.
The texture might work better as an overlay. Right now if you look close you can see everything is sitting on top of it.
The ship is great but I would scale it down a bit. This is just my artistic whim.
Some of the ocean shading I would tweak especially near the Farrain Islands. Some of the spots are not islands. I would either take them out or create lighter shading through the whole area. This would make the shading more noting shallow seas. You could even throw in a tiny sinking ship as a hazard marker on the map. Again my artistic whim.

Even though I nit pick the details I want to repeat that I think this is a truely fantastic map.

I loved the plaster pattern, I can see using it as an overlay to create a crinkle pattern on paper.

Jkaen
10-15-2008, 06:16 AM
I can see the plaster pattern being handy for player handouts especially if you don't want them to have too accurate a visualisation of the region

StillCypher
10-15-2008, 09:49 PM
Love your "final" map. Really gorgeous colors and style.