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AslanC
08-07-2009, 05:31 AM
Well maybe not my first ever, since there was one based off HP Lovecraft's "Dreamlands" geography in high school, but that was just renamed locations.

This is Dragonskull. The first ever Photoshop map I ever made way back in 1999.

If you have seen the New Dawn of the West maps, you will recognize many place names. It's been fun looking this over and traveling down memory lane :)

Well it ain't much to look at, but it's where it all began ... enjoy :)

Coyotemax
08-07-2009, 05:50 AM
Wow, what a difference :)

NeonKnight
08-07-2009, 06:16 AM
Weee-oooo-Weee-oooo-Weee-oooo-Weee-oooo-Weee-oooo

Pull Over for the River Police.

You have some major River Violations going there. Usually, I am more forgiving then most, able to visualize large river deltas, but your map violates this as well.

Remember, Rivers flows down hill, and smaller rivers Join into bigger rivers but in the exception of a river delta, never split.

Otherwise, a good start.

Steel General
08-07-2009, 07:28 AM
Always interesting to go back and look at stuff you've done a long time ago, and compare to what you currently can do to see see progression.

I wish I had some of my older stuff still, just so I can remind myself how little I really knew back then.

Thx for posting.

AslanC
08-07-2009, 11:36 AM
Otherwise, a good start. Did you even ready my post? ;)

Gandwarf
08-07-2009, 11:38 AM
I thought his post was pretty funny :D

AslanC
08-07-2009, 11:44 AM
Well he is from Lotus Land (Canadian joke) so I will forgive ;)

I think I am going to post all my map evolutions :)

Coyotemax
08-07-2009, 12:12 PM
I was going to say something, but I thought maybe it would inspire you to try your hand at designing from scratch :P

AslanC
08-07-2009, 12:17 PM
Hush you :P

AslanC
08-07-2009, 12:55 PM
Rather than start a new thread I will keep this one going.

So that map was the one I intended to use for D&D until in about 2007 I decided to update the process.

This next map was an attempt by me to be more artistic and was my first attempts at blend fills.

In the end I didn't go for this map as it wasn't doing what I wanted it to do... but each step was a learning process.

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:03 PM
The next step turned into a whole other map.

I was spending too much time looking at Greyhawk and trying to figure out what had worked there.

I still have a bit of fondness for my heart for this one. And thank Ralishaz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralishaz) that I had this in an archived Gmail email or it would be lost forever.

NeonKnight
08-07-2009, 01:04 PM
Oh, yeah, I read. You should see my old maps (actually one is on the guild site afterall, even though it was done in CC3, it was originally done as PEN-N-PAPER on HEX paper waaaaaaaaaaaay back around 1982-83, and IT has river Violations!)

SO, while it could be viewed as a good start on a map, it can also be a good start simply in the career of cartographer.

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:06 PM
With Greyhawk no giving me what I needed I turned my eye towards previous maps and the real world. Europe and Asia to be exact.

This lead to me really getting my feet under me for starting a direction that would eventually lead to the West you have all seen.

Still something wasn't right.

Coyotemax
08-07-2009, 01:07 PM
I'ts kind of neat watching the progression - and seeing some of the names I've gotten used to in a different place than I'm used to seeing :)

What's the font on this one? It looks familiar, and i may have a use for it :)

[edit] wow, you're posting too fast, the font question was for the one at the top of the page, heh..

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:07 PM
Oh, yeah, I read. You should see my old maps (actually one is on the guild site afterall, even though it was done in CC3, it was originally done as PEN-N-PAPER on HEX paper waaaaaaaaaaaay back around 1982-83, and IT has river Violations!)

SO, while it could be viewed as a good start on a map, it can also be a good start simply in the career of cartographer.

Well thank you sir ;)

Hope you enjoy the others as this story unfolds.

Can we have a link to that map you refer to?

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:09 PM
Okay things were definately getting influenced by Europe and Asia in this next one... I mean this is really just me trying to be Robert Howard and make my own Hyperborian Pangea.

It's a little sad actually.

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:14 PM
What's the font on this one? It looks familiar, and i may have a use for it :)

I believe it is Scurlock.

And yeah I am posting fast, I just want to get them up there for everyone to see and get a chuckle out of.

As for the names, once I get a good one I am hard pressed to let go of them. They may change what they are (Tengle being the best example), but if they work, they work.

Moving on... ;)

So now I realized my reach and scope had become too large... to far. My players were never gonna see half of this world so why was I wasting time developing the far east... I needed to focus on something the size of Europe.

Voila.

Lots of concepts now getting into place and focusing... I can actually see the West in this one.

Steel General
08-07-2009, 01:17 PM
Would you mind if I took one of these and put my own spin on it, just for fun?

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:17 PM
And thus ends this leg of the journey.

The next step will be showing the evolution of the West, which started small, grew larger and then shrank again.

That process was trial and error of tweaking... but I will tell that story later.

Hope you enjoyed this :)

AslanC
08-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Would you mind if I took one of these and put my own spin on it, just for fun?

Sure. In fact everyone is more than welcome to the geography, the only thing I squat like a mother hen are my place names ;)