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Auth
10-07-2009, 11:08 PM
Whew!

First of all, my apologies for not being as active as I would have wanted - shortly after I posted my first Valcia Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=5109), my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and fatherhood has taken up much of my time. :)

But at any rate, here's my newest version of Valcia.

I started this project as a conceptual detour to merge both traditional fantasy cartography with a more modern steel design interface (which is far more my personal style preference), and the result is Valcian Steel. My intent was to create an accurate depiction of Valcia on a large sheet of chiseled, engraved steel. Also, this project was a rather conservative venture as I tried to do more with less. You'll notice that the only terrains added on top of the land texture are the forests, hills, and mountains. This was intentional as I didn't want to detract from the overall brushed steel texture of the land masses.

(The original map of Valcia can be found here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=5091))

Another thing I was pleased about was with the increased size of the map, I could now include far more detail into labeling the various landscapes and terrains that I was unable to do so legibly in the first version of Valcia. For instance, you'll notice now that every river has been named and several terrain features now bear a label (Carion Cliffs, for example).

Created in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, the original file resolution is 14,400 x 10,800 and is being printed and framed for my office, which has been my intent all along.

However, the first attached image has been scaled down 75%.

Unfortunately, some of the detail that went into this piece was lost due scaling it down. Most notably are the mountains - in the print there is much more fine detail than what shows.

The other 4 attachments are are quarters of the map scaled down to 50%. Much more detail can be seen in these, but are less convenient to view.

But at any rate, here they are. Let me know what you all think - I've had a rather long love/hate relationship with this project, and am quite relieved to finally share it on here with you all, haha.

Some of my personal favorite points of interest include the areas of/around Lake Stant, Weret Bay, Aibrel Islands, the Serician Spires, Mount Morath and, of course, the Compass Rose (among others).

Regards,

- Auth

Gidde
10-07-2009, 11:32 PM
Simply gorgeous. I'm impressed that you managed to convey things being etched *into* the steel while at the same time giving them apparent height.

Rep coming your way! :)

Ascension
10-07-2009, 11:36 PM
Talk about avante garde, wow. Rep for doing something totally "out of the box".

Auth
10-07-2009, 11:37 PM
Simply gorgeous. I'm impressed that you managed to convey things being etched *into* the steel while at the same time giving them apparent height.

Rep coming your way! :)

Thank you so much.

Yeah, that was actually a difficult concept earlier on - creating a downward bevel as opposed to an upward one, since mountains should go up, right? Lol.


Talk about avante garde, wow. Rep for doing something totally "out of the box".

As always Ascension, thank you for your uplifting support!

Steel General
10-08-2009, 08:28 AM
Very cool stuff Auth!

I dub thee newly repped *BONK*

Ramah
10-08-2009, 08:39 AM
Great looking map, Auth. :)

I have to say, I prefer the original but you certainly can't knock this for its stylistic achievement.
I personally would prefer it without the blue glows around the labelling and maybe having the text extruded from the metal plate - it just seems a little strange that you've gone to all the trouble of making it appear to be chiselled from a piece of steel and then have glowing labels floating over the top of it. Kind of pulls me out of the effect.

Still, wonderful map.

wormspeaker
10-08-2009, 10:53 AM
It is a strikingly beautiful map.

ravells
10-08-2009, 11:01 AM
Original and really well excuted. Great execution. Have some rep!

Karro
10-08-2009, 12:17 PM
Wowsers, that's pretty cool. As mentioned above, for style I still prefer your original map (it had a cool ancient fantasy vibe to it), but this is definitely something original and very cool in appearance and execution.

torstan
10-08-2009, 01:16 PM
Congratulations, and congratulations on the baby girl!

That's quite a map. Repped and rated.

Karro
10-08-2009, 01:20 PM
D'oh! I completely skimmed over the New Baby thing. Congrats! As a soon-to-be-new-father myself, I'm anticipating with a certain amount of trepidation myself the incredible time-drain that will be my coming bundle-of-joy... but it brings with it it's own joys and wonders, and will be more real than anything I've ever created by writing or drawing. Good luck with the wee one!

Auth
10-08-2009, 07:13 PM
Great looking map, Auth. :)

I have to say, I prefer the original but you certainly can't knock this for its stylistic achievement.
I personally would prefer it without the blue glows around the labelling and maybe having the text extruded from the metal plate - it just seems a little strange that you've gone to all the trouble of making it appear to be chiselled from a piece of steel and then have glowing labels floating over the top of it. Kind of pulls me out of the effect.

Still, wonderful map.

Excellent points.

Originally, I had planned to do as you said and have all the labels be taken out of the map as opposed to floating above it. However, I soon came to realize that several of the labels wouldn't work that way, such as Weret Bay, Bay of Narliss, Eleryn Sea, Lisaris Ocean, the Dregnol, etc, because they would've had to be floating off of the steel. Since I am a fan of consistency and was going to end up making some floating labels anyways, I chose to make the concession to design all but the rivers as floating labels.

And to everyone else, thanks. It was never my intention to 'out-do' the first version of the map. In many ways I like the first version better as well, so I take no offense whatsoever to having the first version better liked, haha. This version simply fits better with my office decor. I'm taking it right after this to get printed. Once it's framed and hanging in my office, I'll take a pic to post up on here. :)

And fatherhood is amazing. I can't say enough about how wonderful it is. :)

Noon
10-12-2009, 03:56 PM
Waouh, I am very impressed with this map.
I also preferred the original version, but I recognize that it is very original and very well done.
And why not a new version of carved stone?

Ascension
10-12-2009, 05:32 PM
Just wait until he unleashes Magnum :)

Auth
10-12-2009, 08:14 PM
Carved stone would be interesting, and probably easier since the terrain wouldn't have to be so uniform.

Who knows? But I think, at least for a little while, I'm done working on Valcia. Perhaps I should start working on a whole new map? :)

And lol @ Ascension!

Auth
10-15-2009, 09:37 PM
http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/4048/img00067x.jpg

Finished printing, and currently being framed (they printed two so I could pick which one I liked best). The framer has to custom order the plexi-glass because they didn't have any large enough, so it'll be about 2 weeks until it's done.

AslanC
10-15-2009, 10:06 PM
Outstanding!

Bravo!

Coyotemax
10-15-2009, 10:10 PM
holycrap that looks nice so far.

Even knowing what it is, my first thought was that it still looks like the real thing (laser etched steel, hah)

Gandwarf
10-16-2009, 07:37 AM
Looks good Auth! I prefer the original version of your map, but this one certainly has its own charm.

Now I just need to convince my wife to allow me to hang my map on the wall ;)
Last time I suggested it, she said we need a bigger house. Bless her :D

Steel General
10-16-2009, 07:38 AM
Very cool Auth!

Auth
12-29-2009, 07:19 PM
Here's a pic of the map finally hung in my office:

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/8603/pict0096c.th.jpg (http://img682.imageshack.us/i/pict0096c.jpg/)

Ascension
12-29-2009, 08:38 PM
I sense a color theme :)