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Coyotemax
07-21-2009, 07:49 AM
I started this map before I became a forum member here, starting from a basic tutorial I found on another site. While the final version contains almost nothing of the original tutorial, it was a great starting point, and inspired me towards what we see now. I originally intended this to be no more than a simple wallpaper for my laptop which is why it has the small image size compared to most on here. I kept adding to it and tweaking it, eventually joined the forum here and recieved some very valuable feedback that elevated this from a wallpaper to something I'm proud to show others :)

It was created entirely in photoshop, with the embellishments brought in from a variety of antique maps found while searching the web for inspiration. The font is AquilineTwo as found on dafonts.com, the only font I found that perfectly matched the styles I'd seen on many antique maps. Typically it is set to 12px, with a few things at 14px for subtle effect.

The map took me approximately 6 days to construct, including the time from the first tutorial (I used the same PSD file throughout, so I count it as all one take) with working sessions between 4 to 14 hours (I lost track of time quite often).

There was no particular story during most of the creation process, but I couldn't help thinking about the political intrigues as I was working on naming the towns and features. This led me to consider the minimal force approach used to quell recent uprisings by the newly coronated King Maxwell. Many of the populace were concerned about him being a fit ruler, with a long list of bardic tales recounting his misspent and often violent youth. However, with the recent passing of his father, he appears to have set aside his past and taken to governing with a firm but fair hand. Time will tell if this is a continued trend...

NeonKnight
07-21-2009, 08:00 AM
Congrats an a fabulous looking map!

Steel General
07-21-2009, 09:24 AM
Very, very nice... my only knock is that it is small/low rez. :D

Karro
07-21-2009, 10:18 AM
Agreed, it looks great, but I would wish for a slightly higher res image. But that does not diminish the great-lookingness of the finished product. I particularly love the borders and the burned edges.

Coyotemax
07-21-2009, 10:51 AM
I may actually come back to this Island and redo it as a high rez at some point - but right now, taking a break from it is a good thing :) New project is half done already!

Thanks for the compliments though, everyone.. yay!

the-golem
01-15-2010, 05:38 PM
Woah. Thats the exact kind of map I want to create to give to my adventuring party. I like the authentic oldschool look