View Full Version : Islands of Hatlor

03-22-2009, 05:34 AM
Hey guys,

Before I post it in the finished section, I wanted to post it here because I'm not entirely sure about a couple of things.

1) The mountains.
2) The rivers.
3) The background.

What do you think?

03-22-2009, 06:10 AM
Hi Chaos, the rivers and the background look fine to me ( I really like the background texture). I would make the mountains less black, perhaps and maybe try some variation with the mountain symbol. I'm not sure if it's just me, or whether there's something not quite right with the mountains.

03-22-2009, 06:15 AM
I know, that's what I thought. I only couldn't figure out what was wrong.

03-22-2009, 07:10 AM
It's a nice, crispy map.
I agree with Ravells on the mountains. Also, you might want to do something with the "Islands of Hatlor" label. I am guessing it's the title? You could maybe try and make it stand out more (for example: adding an effect to it or making it part of the map border). It's looking almost the same as the sea labels.

I very much like the background texture you picked for the map by the way.

03-22-2009, 08:05 AM
Nice work! Like the others have said, you might want to have some variations in the mountain symbols, they are looking a little uniform. Also, are there no forests on this island, or are they not relevant to what you will use this map for?

I've been looking into labelling myself the past days, and looking at your map I am not sure what the name of the main island is (seeing that the map is labelled Islands (plural) of Hatlor, I assume this is the name of the main island combined with Mos'Ari), but is the main island itself called Hatlor?

Additionally, should you so desire, you could label the strait between Mos'Ari and the main island, and the bay near the cities of Ainai and Radir, the bay near the cities of Kard and Engab, and the lake near the city of Iausk.

All in all, a very nice, clean map. Good work!

Steel General
03-22-2009, 08:59 AM
Well it looks like I'm with everybody else...

1) Background is fine, reminds of an old scratched up desk or table
2) Rivers looked OK to me - no obvious river violations
3) Mountains - they're OK, just a bit repetitive - try to add a few more different symbols and vary the size a bit more.
4) Labeling - To me its OK. I probably would've went for something a bit fancier. But labeling to me is always somewhat more of a preference thing, unless of course you have something like red letters on a green background (or vice-versa).

03-22-2009, 09:07 AM
This looks fresh off the press...I'd make it look old with some brown stains and use a thicker line around the continent. Pretty nice otherwise.

03-22-2009, 09:08 AM
I really like it. The look is what I'm trying to attain with my maps. What font are you using for this? I would like to use a similar font for my maps.

03-23-2009, 11:21 AM

I've now changed the mountain brush, and labelled it correctly. I hope I've used the right brush, but I think its better than the one I used before.

03-23-2009, 04:11 PM
Mmmmm don't know, the new mountain symbols are lovely to be sure, but they still don't somehow 'fit' to my eye...it's like their floating above the map. Would you mind reducing the opacity of the mountain layer to about 60% and reposting? I think that may help, but until I see it, I won't know :)

:Edit: Wait! I think I have it. The political borders don't really bear any relation to the mountain ranges (which you would expect them to). Try running the mountain ranges along the political borders...

Then again, maybe it's just me thinking that handdrawn mountain symbols just jar too much with a modern atlas style map.

03-23-2009, 08:39 PM
Try using a dark brown color instead of the black...on the fonts as well. Might help it all blend together and give it some aging.

03-24-2009, 11:21 AM

Now I've used a dark brown colour for the mountains and names. I've also run the mountain ranges along the borders.

If this isn't it, I think ill still post it on the finished section because I think there is nothing more I could do to let the mountains fit.

03-24-2009, 04:35 PM
Running the mountains along the borders definitely fixes it for me!

03-25-2009, 03:39 AM
OK. Then i call this one finised.

Steel General
03-25-2009, 07:29 AM
Good job, looks really nice.