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Sapiento
10-31-2009, 07:59 AM
My newest project: planet Venus, from the same universe like my Mars map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=7427), however in a completely different style.

So far I have the two hemispheres with the main land masses. The great mountain ranges will be placed mainly in the middle of the continents and great islands.
Instead of green plants like on Earth this Venus has plants with a violet colour as the dominant form of flora.
Next step will be adding mountains and forest. However, I am still indecisive which style to use. At the moment I tend to old-style map symbols instead of a satellite/realistic style.

Sapiento
11-04-2009, 08:25 AM
I decided to get rid of the violet background and to use instead a more conventional one.

I tried some self made brushes for mountains and mushroom-trees.

wormspeaker
11-04-2009, 08:59 AM
I think this version is a great improvement over the other one, but the scale is way off. That may be intentional, but it seems rather jarring for a non-fantasy map.

Sapiento
11-04-2009, 09:19 AM
Thanks.
This was more a test for the brushes. I will scale down the size If I decide for this style.

mearrin69
11-04-2009, 10:50 AM
The mushroom trees are awesome. Great for Venus...or an Underdark map. I like the map projection for this project, better than the 2x1 rectangle IMHO. It's very Space 1889.
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Sapiento
11-04-2009, 10:52 AM
Thanks. Then I'm on the right way.

Sapiento
11-07-2009, 09:15 AM
I scaled down the mountain and tree brushes.

Sapiento
11-07-2009, 03:42 PM
I was not really satisfied with my earlier results and did a complete redesign. Instead of symbols I go for a satellite/realistic view now.

Placed some deco on the map, too.

rdanhenry
11-07-2009, 07:20 PM
I have a preference for the original version, but this new one is nice, too. The forests look less varied now, though. I liked that the previous version had obviously different forest environments.

Sapiento
11-14-2009, 12:38 PM
I added more detail to the mountains and gave the land mass more violet hue to show areas with dense flora.
Additionally more map deco, although I'm not quite happy with the sub-orb destroyers in the upper left; maybe I replace this one.

euio
11-14-2009, 01:09 PM
Very, very nice!

With the redesign of the actual map, I think you need to change the border style. The whole tan/sepia thing doesn't fit very well. The decorations all look very good, and I see no reason to remove the top-left one.

I love those mountains, too.


I have a vague idea from AH.com that you use Paint.NET. Am I right?

Sapiento
11-15-2009, 02:06 AM
Very, very nice!

With the redesign of the actual map, I think you need to change the border style. The whole tan/sepia thing doesn't fit very well. The decorations all look very good, and I see no reason to remove the top-left one.

I love those mountains, too.


I have a vague idea from AH.com that you use Paint.NET. Am I right?

Thanks. I'll refine the border when I have done the deco.
And I use now Photoshop.

Sapiento
11-16-2009, 01:34 PM
OK. The artistic part is more or less finished, now the labeling begins.
The legend is not the final version, but only to get an idea of the style and position.
Maybe I do some more deco for the blank part of the border left and right of the title.

wormspeaker
11-17-2009, 12:14 PM
I love the map, it's got a lot of character. On the other hand, some minor nitpicks would be that the features you're calling bays are at the scale really more like gulfs. Bays would be barely noticeable at this scale, but gulfs are essentially like huge bays.

Sapiento
11-17-2009, 01:14 PM
Thanks. Good idea with the gulfs!

euio
11-18-2009, 04:41 AM
I love the map, it's got a lot of character. On the other hand, some minor nitpicks would be that the features you're calling bays are at the scale really more like gulfs. Bays would be barely noticeable at this scale, but gulfs are essentially like huge bays.

It's not really a size distinction. Look at the Gulf of California and the Bay of Bengal.
Perhaps more variety, but not just changing all bays to gulfs.

wormspeaker
11-20-2009, 10:09 AM
Well, the Bay of Bengal really ought to be called a gulf, but since there was no one to enforce naming conventions back when these things were named it ends up like that. However the Bay of Bengal is by an order of magnitude the largest bay in the world. So it's more of an anomaly than anything else.

Wikipedia suggests some other names for semi-enclosed bodies of water: "A large bay may be called a gulf, a sea, a sound, or a bight. A narrow bay may also be called a fjord if its sides are relatively steep. A cove is a circular or oval coastal inlet with a narrow entrance; some coves may be referred to as bays."

Diamond
11-20-2009, 11:54 AM
Sapiento, you are a constant source of inspiration to me. This is freaking awesome so far.

Sapiento
11-20-2009, 01:07 PM
Thanks, Diamond! Always good to hear :)

Wormspeaker and euio: I'll change some to gulfs and the rest will stay as bays to have some diversity.

A small note to the names for the locations and features on the map:
As the native Venusian languages and dialects are hardly pronounceable for humans many geological features are named after the first Terran explorer, while others are phonetic approaches (never really successful) to the original name.
The Venusians have a tech level comparable to the 19th century, so the gap between them and the humans is not very wide. This will result in some nasty conflicts as the Venusians resist the Terran attempts to colonize the cooler polar regions of Venus.

Sapiento
11-22-2009, 01:38 PM
I did the labelling - a pain in the ass, again. ;) I should make maps with less labelling in the future! ;)

The ! in the native city names is a click consonant like in some African languages.

C&C?

Steel General
11-23-2009, 06:56 AM
Neat stuff here Sapiento, I really like they way you incorporated various background info.