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Ascension
10-04-2008, 07:14 PM
This map was designed from the start to be an exercise in replicating the old maps I used to see in elementary school but with my own personal satellite style. So, for this map I knew exactly what I wanted the final image to look like so the process of creation was over and now it was time to get out the hammer and nails and start building in Photoshop.

The first thing I did was to try to think differently. So with that in mind I went ahead and made my map the way I always do (so much for thinking differently, eh?) but instead changed the color of the ocean and put a layer of soft white onto the land. At this point my land looked good but the water was too bright and I wanted something more grayed-out so I added a medium gray layer at 50% opacity and viola, it was easy. I then added some darker gray as shading around the edges of the map to darken them up a bit and added one more layer of soft white to the whole image. To this point the whole process had taken me about an hour.

Now came the detail work that, I think, really gives anything a bit of charm and style but takes a long time to do. I put in a grid for latitude and longitude and because I love those old compass lines I put some of those in as well. Next I put in the rivers which are basically lightning bolts (I have a thing for lightning bolts). Next I put some lakes on top with a really easy Photoshop trick (use a 100-pixel pencil and under brush dynamics give it a cloud texture). For the cities I wanted something that looked like it was from some kind of fantasy painting so I got some pics off of the interwebs and applied some artsy filters. Roads came next and where they intersect I put down smaller icons for towns and villages and other stuff. Labeling things can always be a chore but I just make stuff up and then make it sound like some particular foreign language, for this map I went with French. Finally, the finish graphics…this part is always the hardest for me since I never really studied graphic design; I drew superheroes, cartoons, and cars. The most important part of any work of art is knowing when to stop. I love detailing things and putting in things that others might never notice but if they do I feel as if I have given them a small present. After cutting down on the number the fonts used I was ready to call this one done…1 hour of fun playing in the sandbox and 15 hours of hammering and sawing. I hope you all like it.

NeonKnight
10-04-2008, 08:11 PM
I like it. Very Evocative!

Schley
10-05-2008, 07:51 PM
Nice work!

I like the little town and city vignettes.

Karro
10-06-2008, 02:26 PM
I think I commented before how much I like this... but I will say so again.

Plus... it looks like you made Featured Map!

mmmmmpig
10-06-2008, 02:32 PM
There is a whole bunch of niceness in this map. Congrats on achieving it and getting a feature from it. Well played indeed

torstan
10-06-2008, 05:45 PM
That's a lovely map - and quite a change from your normal style. Good work.

My one comment would be that the borders seem a little pixelated. They could do with a touch of blurring to help blend them into the map. Repped (of course for something so pretty!)

delgondahntelius
10-06-2008, 06:41 PM
Congrats Ascension!!

Ascension
10-06-2008, 08:23 PM
Thank you very very much guys! It's kinda weird how experimenting with something new can really work out for the best. I was in no way shooting for a new badge but lo and behold...very humbling in that now I have to raise the bar again. So I'm working on something totally different in order to be more versatile. Again, thank you all very much for the pointers and praise along the journey.

Ander
10-28-2010, 11:51 AM
Outstanding!

Slylok
10-31-2010, 02:45 PM
I really like the soft colors of this map. It just flows. well done!

tilt
11-01-2010, 06:14 AM
great map Ascension, love the colors and the icons. Two little critiques sneaks in though... as torstan says the borders and lakes seems a little pixelated and the cartouche seems a little blurry in the black lines. But very nice looking :)

Aval Penworth
11-01-2010, 08:41 AM
Ehhh? After 2 years of intervening masterpieces I the the BIG A can rest on his laurels regarding this one.

tilt
11-01-2010, 08:59 AM
there is no rest for the wicked... ;) ... throw some kindergarden drawings up here and I'll critique those too :)

Aval Penworth
11-01-2010, 09:05 AM
there is no rest for the wicked... ;) ... throw some kindergarden drawings up here and I'll critique those too :)

Okay,very funny, you just made me spray a mouthfull of hot chocolate all over my desk and keyboard.

tilt
11-01-2010, 09:12 AM
*rofl*... thank you.. I'll be here all week :)

Ascension
11-10-2010, 11:00 PM
Yeah, that cartouche embarrasses me but it was the first time I ever tried to really do one. Of course, I don't think I could do any better even now :)

Pyrotraxus
04-21-2012, 05:10 AM
Really good work...