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ffxfiend
10-15-2009, 09:19 PM
I think I'll give this a go. It'll be a good way for me to keep practicing and hopefully learn a few new techniques. :)

I'll try to post some history with the final map but for now here is my current WIP snapshot.

Any and all C&C is welcome, thanks!

Coyotemax
10-15-2009, 09:22 PM
Nifty start! I'm guessing the harsh colour trainsitions are going to be fold lines at some point?

Nice job on the water edges too!

Ascension
10-15-2009, 09:23 PM
Looks pretty decent, I like the way you did the coast ripples. You might want to vary your mountains some more and the forests tile but I'm sure that you're aware of that.

ffxfiend
10-16-2009, 01:23 AM
Before I call it a night I'll post my current version. I've changed the forests, touched up the fold lines, and worked a little on the mountains. I also added in the cities and roads.

I have some more naming to do, adding in the trade routes and some more adjustments. I'm not sure if I'm going to put in any sea routes or not. If I have time I might.

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Gandwarf
10-16-2009, 06:27 AM
I like it, have some more reputation as encouragement!
The simple coloring (only a few colors) works really well.

ffxfiend
10-16-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks everyone for the feedback and encouragement!

I have added in the trading routes, more labels and made an attempt to make the paper look a bit more used and worn. Not sure if I pulled it off quit right though...

For the most part though I think it might be close to finished. I still have some time however so I'll keep trying to improve it. :)

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Ascension
10-16-2009, 11:18 PM
I think it looks superb but you might want to make your trade route dots more visible and easier to see what color is what. Pretty nice, though.

Coyotemax
10-16-2009, 11:19 PM
The colours are looking very nice.

there's a few spots on the edges where the frayed edges don't look quite right, but that won't take much effort.

Overall, that's nice. My first thought when i saw the thumbnail was "Ooh!" :)

ffxfiend
10-19-2009, 10:36 PM
Here is my latest copy. Not much has changed. I worked a little on the edges and tried to make the trade routes more distinct between each other. My PS skills though are coming up dry (still learning the program). I'm ordering a tablet this weekend so next time I'll be able to use more then my mouse which I believe will help me out some :)

Thanks again everyone for the feed back :)

### Latest WIP ###

Coyotemax
10-20-2009, 01:15 AM
The tablet can be a lot of fun, but honestly, you can do anything with a mouse that you can with a tablet - or at least make it look like you can :)

The important thing here is that you got the approach and mindset, you can make any tool you work with do that job you need it to do.

I still love the way this is coming along.. *steals a few ideas...*

ffxfiend
10-20-2009, 01:38 AM
I'm glad you like the map :) It definitly helps keep me motivated to make more! :)

I'm sure I can get some good stuff with the mouse. I think I already have but I'm hoping the tablet will help supplement my lack of any real artistic skill. I'm in the process of trying to build that skill up and I'm hoping the tablet will help :)

Steel General
10-20-2009, 07:09 AM
Coming along nicely...

Ascension
10-20-2009, 06:13 PM
I see fuschia and yellow routes. I can't find the green or red ones. I might change one of those because they are too similar.

ffxfiend
10-26-2009, 01:41 PM
I've been swamped with work this week so I wasn't able to work on the map more :( I'll take you advice though and work with the trade routes to try and make them more distinct. Don't think I'll get it in in time though so this will have to do for now :)