View Full Version : Another one? so bored

05-24-2009, 11:31 PM
OK time for another random regional map, this time more realistic than my previous hand-drawn/stylized maps. I tried using overlordchuck's tutorial in making this map.

Anyway, the map's definitely not done yet (add another to my WIPs) as you can see from the stupid-looking photoshop forests and the badly made ocean/deserts and no labels.

Anyways this is the world map for a (hypothetical lol) online RPG... it is centered around a large sea... the scale of the entire map is probably 1200x800 miles making it roughly the size of the northeast USA + Quebec/Ontario. The time period is closer to modern/scifi (maybe around the mid 2000s in Earth time, say 2040) with some of the main issues of the time being the use of robots in the military, protection of natural landscapes against increasing urbanization, standardization of robot production (i.e. standard robot models instead of various ones made by different companies), globalization of government, creation of artificial brains based on recent bounds in neuroscience, uploading brains to computers to give people a type of immortality (just a theory at the time), and regulation of the Hub, the future successor to the internet where people surf the web in virtual reality with created 'avatars' or virtual representations of themselves on the internet able to fight (and get 'deleted,' killing the user - fighting avatars is a sort of sport in this world, however the fights are extremely closely regulated to ensure that no one gets deleted). Rumors have been circulating that the some robotics companies are in the process of creating artificial intelligences.

Oh and I forgot new directed-energy handheld weapons as opposed to older projectile weapons

For landscapes I'm thinking mostly metropolitan/urban set in a central-american environment (some of the land resembles panama a lot as you probably noticed)...


anyways I just came up with this stuff while drawing the map, lol

I hate it when I start to ramble on about this stuff

05-25-2009, 12:12 AM
I envy your diligence with tracing all of those rivers thru the mtns. Cool coastline, interesting ideas -- all pretty good so far except the forests (as you mentioned) so in keeping with the rest of the map I might suggest using a scatter brush or other rough painter type brush instead of the pattern. With the ocean rings and atlas style rivers a basic flat color might work too, with an edge somewhere in between jaggy and smooth.

05-25-2009, 01:08 AM
That is a very sweet looking map. The work involved must be........WOW!

05-25-2009, 01:42 AM
I didn't trace the rivers through the mountains... I had my land mask selected and drew the mountains and stuff right over the rivers.

I've decided to go a whole new direction with this map and pretty much copy the style from my Trident Press World Atlas (most worthwhile non-prose book I ever bought), meaning no stylized forests, no rings around the land...
is an example, sadly without much coastline...

Obviously there's still a lot of work to do lol

05-25-2009, 11:09 AM
Looks good, but there do seem to be a few spots there it looks like rivers are running over mountains, rather than being funneled between ranges. The rivers are also rather hard to see in the textured areas.

05-25-2009, 01:17 PM
Those mountains weren't photorealistic enough for me, so instead I used an elevation map which looks much more atlas-y.

I guess I'm going to have to add latitude/longitude lines even though I have no idea how.



05-26-2009, 10:05 AM
Awesome, people using my tutorial. I'd give you rep simply for that, but the map is bangin' as well. Very nice. Also really frickin huge. I see THIS was the 6000 pixel map Wilbur hated you for.

EDIT: BLASPHEMY! I need to spread some rep first.

05-28-2009, 09:12 AM
added country names and borders

Steel General
05-28-2009, 10:06 AM
This is coming along nicely...