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10-19-2009, 08:59 PM
Hi All,

I have been making maps for as long as I could draw: maps to remember where I hid my treasures, maps to plan troop movements during games of war. You get the idea.

I stumbled onto your site from the Makezine blog. (http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/10/fantasy_cartography_forum.html) and the artistry inspired to make a map.

For location, I chose my childhood home in the corn fields of Indiana. The map is mostly done. I only need to add some more labels to show locations of different adventures of my adolescence.

I pulled some screenshots from Google maps and pasted them into Photoshop. Then I started drawing in the houses and roads. The trees, and fields are courtesy of StarRaven's (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=6419) great brushes.

For your consideration, my first map not made with pencils and crayons. I appreciate your feedback.

10-19-2009, 09:13 PM
Hi - Hope you don't mind, I moved you post over to the finished map forum, since, in my opinion that is a fine finished map!

-Rob A>

10-19-2009, 09:21 PM
Hmm, just a suggestion, I would fade the red border just a little bit so it doenst draw so much attention away from the map itself.

10-19-2009, 09:40 PM
That's a brilliant idea. I love it!

Maybe i should do a map of all the places I've ever lived (60+)

10-19-2009, 10:33 PM
That is such a cool concept. Nice work. I can imagine it in the front of a Stephen King book about a group of boys coming of age. My only sadness was that I couldn't zoom in to see the details. Welcome to the forums.

[edit]Oh, yeah, repped!

10-20-2009, 01:18 AM
I've been looking it over again and I have to say the more I look, the more i like.

I can see how the red might be a bit whelming to some, but honestly to me, the colour combination gives off a kind of feeling of limitless energy - something I miss having from my 12-year-old days :)

10-25-2009, 07:43 PM
that's brilliant, what did you use to make it?