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Doublar
10-19-2009, 02:01 AM
Hey there,

Here it is, my first map post. I actually made the map a while back, but I just recently retraced and colored it. I feel a bit stupid right now since I only found out what GIMP was when I was halfway done (I used openCanvas). I guess I'll just use it the next time then.

This map was made as a reference guide for my story (which is on hold due to my realization that my writing needs some refinement), so I plan on labeling countries and other details later on.

So far I only have the basic coasts done, and I still have to draw out all the other scenery. If you have any feedback or suggestions, they would be really appreciated.

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Coyotemax
10-19-2009, 02:27 AM
That is some pretty darn fine work so far. I see lots of pirate and high seas potential here :)

Doublar
10-19-2009, 03:04 AM
Thanks! That's the look I was aiming for; sea travel is very important in this world (according to the fictional history book in my head).

Coyotemax
10-19-2009, 03:23 AM
Actually, I was looking it over again (I may see about borrowing some of the island shapes at some point, those are hot) and the landmass in the southeast corner seems a tadd out of place, almost like it was tacked on at the last moment. I think it's because it doesn't have the same kind of detail as the rest - every other land area has islands around them, this seems kind of plain in comparison.

Steel General
10-19-2009, 07:09 AM
Holy Archipelago's Batman! :D

I think this is a good start and looking forward to seeing where you take it.

LonewandererD
10-19-2009, 07:28 AM
Calm down boy wonder (sorry, I had too).

Seriously dude, these are the kind of landmasses i've always strived for but never got. Bravo!

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ravells
10-19-2009, 08:41 AM
Lovely continental shapes. Can you talk us through how you went about making them? It looks like a conversion to vector but I can't be sure.

Cheers

Ravs

mearrin69
10-19-2009, 12:05 PM
I was actually going to ask the same thing. Can't imagine how to get those interesting edges with any technique other than drawing them by hand. It's a very unique look (don't know if it's realistic or not but I dig it). Looking forward to seeing this map develop.
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selden
10-19-2009, 01:01 PM
I was actually going to ask the same thing. Can't imagine how to get those interesting edges with any technique other than drawing them by hand.
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Some fractal planet generators will create outlines. Some patience with different seeds may result in one that's interesting.
For example, here's an output from Mogensen's "planet" program.

Doublar
10-19-2009, 09:22 PM
Thanks for all the comments and feedback, it's really appreciated :D.


Actually, I was looking it over again (I may see about borrowing some of the island shapes at some point, those are hot) and the landmass in the southeast corner seems a tadd out of place, almost like it was tacked on at the last moment. I think it's because it doesn't have the same kind of detail as the rest - every other land area has islands around them, this seems kind of plain in comparison.

Thanks for pointing that out. I added some other islands around it to make it fit a bit better. And you were partially right about it being tacked on at the last minute (though I won't bore you with an explanation).


Lovely continental shapes. Can you talk us through how you went about making them? It looks like a conversion to vector but I can't be sure.

I actually drew everything by hand (on paper first, then I edited it digitally). I guess I just got lucky when it came to making the landmasses look nice. When I drew this map (several months ago), I never even knew about all the cool techniques explained on this site (which I'll definitely think of using in the future). Plus I was in school when I did this, so I translated all of my stress into some of the coastlines.

As to how I did the actual image posted, I just made a layer over my original (scanned) map, traced over the lines, then colored the picture (not much to boast about there).

Anyways, I'm just wondering what type of scenery would best fit a map like this. I started working on some mountains (Lord of the Rings style-ish), though I'm not too sure if that type would suit it. I figured I'd be careful and ask the master cartographers here than do everything completely wrong.

Juggernaut1981
10-20-2009, 08:22 PM
Anyways, I'm just wondering what type of scenery would best fit a map like this. I started working on some mountains (Lord of the Rings style-ish), though I'm not too sure if that type would suit it. I figured I'd be careful and ask the master cartographers here than do everything completely wrong.

Doublar, i'd be voting for a "hand drawn" effect. Partly because I'm biased, but also because a "digital photo" version might lose all of those really AWESOME little islands... those islands have the distinct look of mis-spent time and OCD...

Doublar
09-26-2010, 05:16 AM
Wow, it sure has been a while. Posting here again feels like necromancy. :D I guess school and other matters stopped my progress for a bit, but I'm finally getting all my priorities straight.

So I've pretty much redone the entire map on a larger scale to fit in all those details I've been longing to add. Plus I made the coasts less jagged and a bit more natural than last time. It's still pretty rough, though I did manage to get some mountains and trees ( la Tolkien) in one part of the map. I'm planning on adding all the names once I finish the map itself.

The full map I'm posting is just half the size of the actual one, so pardon the roughness of the lines. As usual, ideas and comments would be nice!

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Slylok
09-26-2010, 10:22 AM
I like the direction you decided to take with your map. I love the hand drawn style. One easy and quick thing you could do to really make those landmasses pop is to add a coastline. I prefer the single stroked outline with waves fading into the ocean, but there are a few different styles and techniques you can use to get what you want. can't wait to see more.

Ascension
09-26-2010, 10:36 AM
I dig it so far.

Diamond
09-28-2010, 01:56 AM
I freakin' love those mountains; I have a heck of a time trying to come up with cool looking hand-drawn mountains and always fall back on brushes others have made. You've inspired me to take another stab at it. Repped.

jtougas
09-28-2010, 10:30 AM
Very cool. I also think your going in the right direction with the "hand drawn" look :)

geamon
10-07-2010, 02:08 PM
This makes me wanna learn and try out a hand drawn map.

Marken4
10-07-2010, 03:09 PM
I agree with everyone else. The mountain and forest brushes looks amazing. ALTHOUGH... I don't think they fit the rest of the map, maybe it will look better if you follow Slylok's advice and add these coastlinewawes thingies.. :)

But really, it looks good as it is too.

Canaille
10-07-2010, 05:07 PM
Man, I freaking LOVE those mountains and trees. You hand drew them? WOW!! I've thought about it, even doodled a bit, but didn't get anything so nice! I could totally use whatever it is you used to come up with those.. lol

As to everyone talkin about the coastline waves..... I actually want something like that for my map, but am TOTALLY lost as to how to do it, or where to find them..

arakish
10-07-2010, 11:06 PM
Althere is looking good. Waiting to see more...

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