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Darran
04-14-2009, 03:28 PM
So here is a map I did a while back.
It is of the Dragon Lands of Dragon Pass in Glorantha and is the setting for my HeroQuest campaign.

I was fairly happy with it but it still unfinished and doesn't quite convey the combination of flat lands, swamp, peaks and craggy hills.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o270/DarranSims/Ilmoremap-2008-01.jpg
Dragon Lands of Glorantha

I have sketched out an isometric grid and drawn some of the new map already.
I'll post that up soon.

Darran
04-14-2009, 06:43 PM
So here is the pencil sketch I have done so far.
I am trying to get an isometric view of the landscape showing the hills, mountains and flatlands.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o270/DarranSims/DragonLands-01.jpg
Dragon Lands of Glorantha - isometric sketch -01

The labels are just temporary at the moment just to give an idea for comparison of the two maps.

I still have quite a bit to do to finish it off.

One thing I may struggle with is doing the large swamp as I haven't got a clue how to represent it.
Any ideas?

jfrazierjr
04-14-2009, 07:11 PM
Please say you'll do a bigger version of that hand sketched map! That's just beautiful and I am eager to see more detail....

Rep++

guyanonymous
04-14-2009, 07:17 PM
Your hand sketched map is of a stunning style - I hope we can see more on those lines as well! :D

Ascension
04-14-2009, 07:46 PM
You've made a very envious fan out of me...I love this style. I might just put this under my pillow and hope the sandman brings me as much talent. Excellent stuff.

torstan
04-14-2009, 08:26 PM
This looks really lovely.

Be a little careful about elements going vertically in the isometric view. Those elements tend to break the illusion of 3D in an isometric view. The river at the top would tend to wander more left and right than go straight up.

For the swamp, broken horizontal lines with tufts of grass are traditional.

Just small comments really - it looks great!

I'd certainly suggest moving this over to a digital map. If you don't have one, invest in a tablet. You're pencil work certainly suggests you'd get a lot out of it.

Gamerprinter
04-14-2009, 09:32 PM
Excellent isometric map! Nice hand-style - great pencil work! Have some REP!

GP

StillCypher
04-15-2009, 04:45 AM
::going away to drool privately over the hand-drawn map::

Steel General
04-15-2009, 08:20 AM
Very nice, wish I could draw half that good.

Kingbreaker
04-15-2009, 01:09 PM
^
What everybody else said.

Ditch the repetitive symbols and play up your obvious strengths! That hand-drawn map is wonderful.

Darran
04-15-2009, 03:30 PM
Be a little careful about elements going vertically in the isometric view. Those elements tend to break the illusion of 3D in an isometric view. The river at the top would tend to wander more left and right than go straight up.

For the swamp, broken horizontal lines with tufts of grass are traditional.

Just small comments really - it looks great!

I'd certainly suggest moving this over to a digital map. If you don't have one, invest in a tablet. You're pencil work certainly suggests you'd get a lot out of it.

I have a nice Tablet - I use it constantly instead of a mouse, though people struggle to use my computer because of it. :D

I'll have a look at that Northern part of the river as I am not happy with it.
The main features have been exaggerated in size.

I am going to try a few techniques on the swamp.

torstan
04-15-2009, 03:50 PM
Sounds good, I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

With the river, when it's going straight up, there's no way to show the foreshortening that you'd expect in an isometric view. As soon as you introduce bends in the river, make sure that the deviations left to right are larger than the vertical deviations. This will pound home the illusion of a 3D view.

Karro
04-15-2009, 04:24 PM
As others have said, your iso map is quite fantastic!

altasilvapuer
04-15-2009, 10:47 PM
This map is definitely one of the more amazing ones I've seen on this website. I can't wait to see more!

-asp

Greason Wolfe
04-17-2009, 08:41 PM
Wow! That hand-drawn map is gorgeous. And I know it isn't polite to stare, but . . . but . . . okay, fine, have some rep! :lol:

GW

joćo paulo
04-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Sweet bit of art Darran!

rep(ed)

Rythal
04-18-2009, 10:37 AM
Wow. I think I'll try something similar... but it'll take a while, and again, yours is just amazing.


/rep

ravells
04-18-2009, 08:59 PM
Fabulous handdrawn map! Really beautiful!!!

Darran
04-30-2009, 06:27 PM
I have done some work on this map having done the western hills and finished off the mountains.
I am working on a few samples of the swamp that I'll post up soon.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o270/DarranSims/DragonLands-02.jpg
Dragon Lands of Glorantha - isometric sketch-02

NymTevlyn
04-30-2009, 11:43 PM
The smaller tributaries in the top need to have a few curves added. The straight line is jarring.

Greason Wolfe
05-01-2009, 04:02 AM
This is still just gorgeous. I used to draw my maps by hand, but nothing I ever did even comes close to what you've accomplished here so far. I am most definitely looking forward to seeing more. And man, I just gotta give you some rep for this once I've spread some around.

Great Work!

GW

Darran
12-06-2009, 05:03 AM
Okay, I have re-tried to do this map and finish it off but it seems I can't get the marsh/swamp quite right.

I'll post up some examples of what I have done soon but I am stuck.

Any ideas? :?:

Redrobes
12-06-2009, 08:57 AM
I think at that scale its going to come down to the colour and texture to represent it so its hard to suggest at the pencil stages.

Ascension
12-06-2009, 10:06 AM
I'm no master of this iso hand-drawn work but the only idea that I have is make a palm tree brush without the trunk and just use the leaves repeatedly to give something slightly spikey yet curvey. This is a 2 minute demonstration, not perfect but sort of the idea I was aiming for...maybe it can give you an idea.

euio
12-06-2009, 04:21 PM
Darran, that map is too amazing for words.

You've fixed up the largest river, but the others are still too straight, unless I'm confusing rivers with roads, in which case you should probably find some way to differentiate the two.

Anyway, REP!