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Alvary
10-18-2009, 09:46 PM
Hey all

Well, this is my first attempt at using gimp. When I started I had no intentions of getting too detailed with it, just wanted something basic on the computer, so I apologize for there not being a lot to it.

Eventually I would like to make a detailed map for each of the countries within this world.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/Alvary/Elendra.gif?t=1255916408

Scott Livingston
10-18-2009, 10:27 PM
For an admittedly simple map, this is very nice. It's simple in an elegant way. It would be nice to see this in a larger size, but my quick thoughts are that the mountains and colors are very attractive and the general landforms seem fairly realistic--although all the straits are straining my credulity a little. If I were you, I'd drop the number of ocean colors to one or two...the seas seem a little busy given the simplicity of everything else.

Ascension
10-18-2009, 10:29 PM
Looks good but I'd like to see a larger version. To do that, when making a post, scroll down and look for a button that says "Manage Attachments" and click that, then browse to your picture and click upload. There are some restrictions, though - not over 4.7 megabytes and not larger than 30,000 megapixels (I think) which is roughly 5000 x 6000. For safety's sake I never go over 4000 x 4000.

Welcome to The Guild :)

Alvary
10-18-2009, 10:41 PM
Thanks for the tips. Now that I look at it, I can see what you mean about the ocean, its a little awkward to look at. I'm thinking I should either greatly reduce or greatly increase the width of the water between the sections of land, as I think that it doesn't fit with the size of the continent. What do you think?

philipstephen
10-18-2009, 11:30 PM
i dig the ocean colour... but i tend to be contrary, in a positive sort of way...

i do think the landmasses should have a bit more breathing room from each other though... i do not see how some of them could have less...

great first map!

Ramah
10-19-2009, 03:36 AM
I agree with most sentiments so far. As far as I can tell (which can be a little awkward at such a resolution) your mountains look really good. And you have picked a very nice palette of colours. I'll echo Ascension's call for a larger version to look at please. :)

selden
10-19-2009, 01:20 PM
The continents look OK to me if one thinks of it as being on a planet where individual continents are just starting to separate again after tectonics formed a supercontinent. Maybe the mountains would be distributed somewhat differently, though.

wreckless
10-22-2009, 03:57 PM
I like what you have done with the mountains coloring as well. I would err on the side cropping the ocean down to focus more on your land mass though, if you are going to keep the water a solid blue. Just a lot of open space with nothing going on.

Juggernaut1981
10-22-2009, 06:37 PM
My thought is that your "mini Mediterranean" seems to be massively deep and steep (because of the colouring). I think if you filled that area with your "second level of coastline" blue it would drag back that section.

Alvary
02-08-2010, 10:54 PM
Hey Guys

In the (many) months since my last post I have moved house (and state!) and gotten a new job...so work has been a little slow on Ellendra (Added an L to the name btw lol)

Anyway, here is my newer version. Of course still have a lot to learn with gimp, but I think I'm doing alright. I know the map is very cartoony and not all of the layout of the land makes sense. It's quite a large landmass, made up of 4 plates. Nepra's odd formation is magical (yay! fantasy mapping!) and the coast to the east is volcanic (partly as a reaction to nepra's formation)

Anyway, just thought I would pop this up while I have access to the internet!
Jessica

P.S.
Edit to add a larger version. I apologize that it is not a very detailed picture, I seem to have lost some of it in translation...*sigh* not too savy with moving images and converting them yet...:oops:
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Ascension
02-08-2010, 10:59 PM
I don't think it's cartoony at all but rather "emphasized for aesthetic purposes". And, I quite like it. I'd like to see a bigger shot but it looks like a fun place. Nice job.

Coyotemax
02-09-2010, 12:22 AM
A few things I like about this map -
Overall it looks nice to me
I like the borders, they follow a logical pattern (borders follow along natural boundaries for the most part) and i see a few areas with stories waiting to be told about border disputes :)
(like the valley in the northern part - with the border going down the middle... I can see it being contested by one side or the other every 50 years or so, and the locals don't really care as long as they don't get recruited for the armies that mass there, heh)
The colours work well, it looks painterly.

The only suggestion I would make on this considering the overall style would be to reduce the texture on the ocean, let the detail draw the eye to the land itself, where all the real stuff is going on :)

arsheesh
02-09-2010, 12:24 AM
Hey Alvary, this is looking great so far. I really like the colors that you have chosen for this map, they are rich and vibrant, and quite pleasing on the eyes. Couple of suggestions. First the sea. The pattern (or whatever it is that you did to make those bumpy sea ridges) you are using is a bit defined. I'm not sure whether this pattern is supposed to represent waves, or sea bumps. If the former, brilliant! If the latter, it seems that they are both too well defined, and too numerous. I would suggest playing with the layer opacity of the this layer, or perhaps adding a Gaussian blur effect to try and tone them down a bit. Second, the mountains. The northern mountains (especially in the eastern half of the continent) are so obscured by snow that it is tough to make out any details. I would recommend erasing some of the snow, and adding another layer or two (underneath the snow caps layer) of blue-grey, grey-white, or something to try to represent variation in elevation. Overall though I really like this map so far. Looking forward to watching it progress.

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

Ramah
02-09-2010, 03:26 AM
I like it. I would echo the sentiments of the others and call for a reduced texture on the sea but it doesn't kill the map as it is.

As much as I like it though I prefer your original version. Have you stopped developing that one now? Seems a shame to lose those lovely mountains.

Rongar
02-09-2010, 09:48 AM
Hey there!

I also very much like the overall look, but I do have a couple of suggestions as well.

The forests look nice, but I think they are a wee bit too sharp and their contrast a bit too widely spread. The very light green parts catch my eye everytime I look at them. You could play a bit with their color curves maybe.

The mountais on the other hand - although wonderfully shaped - look actually quite blunt to me, as they're lacking detail. They would probably benefit from a new layer filled with solid noise or even felimage noise which then gets bumpmapped to them.

And lastly - the political borders. I don't know the background story to this world, but in some areas (like between Risha and Areland) they look too "straight" to me. I think they would look better with some fractalizing and distortion, to make them appear as if those countries really expanded unevenly by wars and such.

But this is me being nit-picky. Like I said, I do like this map and I think you've done quite a good job so far. :)

PS: I really love the rivers. The look very naturally. :)


Regards,

~~Rongar