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10-18-2009, 09:26 PM
Hey everyone, I figure as I have been doing some lurking and reading through the fantastic tutorials and ogling all the fantastic maps I had better drop a hello post.
My name is Jessica, I am 20 and live in Adelaide Australia. I spend my leisure time drawing, writing and world building. I first started cartography when I was about 10, with a terribly drawn world map for a story I was writing. Since then my hobbies have combined to build a fantasy world which I spend way too much time in. :lol:
What brings me here? Well recently I started re-working all my old hand drawn maps (the style was rather simple and several were damaged). I thought I would give computer drawn maps a go. I armed myself with the latest version of gimp, some basic tutorials and the basics of my maps...and soon found myself in way over my head!

So...I shall lurk around here for a bit and see how I go learning the ropes. :D
Might go post my first computer map attempt while I'm at it too...

Anyway, sorry for the long post, looking forward to getting to know you all

10-18-2009, 10:29 PM
Welcome and have fun.

10-18-2009, 10:32 PM
Welcome aboard! If you're a gimp user, I'd definitely recommend RobA's artistic regional map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1142) to start out. He explains things very well, and even if you're not into that style of map, you'll learn a lot of useful techniques that come in handy on just about everything.

10-18-2009, 10:38 PM
hehe thanks! Sitting down with that tutorial as we speak...it's a steep learning curve, but great fun!

Steel General
10-19-2009, 07:23 AM
Welcome Aboard!

10-19-2009, 07:30 AM
Welcome to the guild!

10-19-2009, 11:04 AM
Any questions, just post in that thread, or feel free to start up a WIP thread of your own!

-Rob A>

10-19-2009, 11:57 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

10-19-2009, 05:55 PM
Welcome. You can put a pin in the members location map if you like - there's a few from down under already. The link is under the community menu or in my sig.

Check out a Gimp related tutorial and post as you go or when stuck.

10-19-2009, 06:19 PM
Welcome to the guild. Hanging out here is a good decision :)

10-19-2009, 06:25 PM
haha oh dear, I went to put in my location and misstyped...that's what you get for typing to do anything with numbers when you have a head cold.

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! The tutorials have been great, I have started re-working my map...its big so a lot of work but its fun. My damn tablet gave out on me 2 days ago tho and mouse is no fun haha. Now I'm impatient for my replacement to arrive.

Well, back to waiting for the mail man...:P

10-20-2009, 08:03 AM
No worries, I fixed up your position so your down in sunny Adelade again instead of off the coast of Japan... It seems all the Aussies are a bit spread out along the coast so nobody right close and local just yet.

10-20-2009, 08:51 AM
I don't understand that member map thing at all... do I REALLY need to look up my town's longtitude and latitude before I can add myself? :s

I can't just like... click on it?

Steel General
10-20-2009, 10:40 AM
Nope, you have to look it up. A quick Google search should give you the coordinates.

10-20-2009, 01:51 PM
Tut tut... a cartographer complaining about the difficulty in using long and lat - that will never do ;)

But yeah get google maps out or some other map site, browse to place and get the coords off of that.

Take google maps, get to the white house, washington DC and click on the "Link" link in the top right. It highlights the link for this:



and you can see the "ll=" bit which is the lat long. So stick in 38.89 into lat and -77.01 in long and your at the whitehouse on the map.

Maybe I should have a box on the page where you just paste the whole google link in and it strips out the lat long from it. :?:

10-20-2009, 02:30 PM
Thanks for that walkthrough Redrobes, I've added myself now. I remember looking at that page months ago and seeing how awkward it was to add myself I just closed it again - I wonder how many others are put off by it?

10-20-2009, 06:06 PM
No worries, I fixed up your position so your down in sunny Adelade again instead of off the coast of Japan... It seems all the Aussies are a bit spread out along the coast so nobody right close and local just yet.

RedRobes> Welcome to the defining trait of Australia. HUGE chunk of land, everyone basically lives within 50km of the Eastern Coast around to about Adelaide on the Southern Coast... and then you whack Perth on the west and give the rest of the continent to whatever can survive. "Right Close & Local" is "within 30min drive".

10-20-2009, 11:21 PM
haha and that's REAL close...when aussies find out they are talking to another aussie its "OMG your in the same state?! wow!"
Glad there are some aussies tho, don't meet too many on interest sites...

10-22-2009, 04:10 AM
oh and a quick question...I have a question to put to everyone about the way something could work in a world (land formation, water behavior etc) should i post it in the general forum or under my world map thread in the map forum? It's not really specific to my map, so wasn't sure...

10-22-2009, 04:13 AM
General Discussion or the Mapmaking Discussion forums would be fine, Alvary.

10-22-2009, 02:34 PM
Welcome, is always nice to see some hand-made maps. XD