View Full Version : NEW WIP Sea of Life Region

11-27-2009, 03:17 PM
Started working on a new map for my continent. I am starting to like this style, but have some more tweaks to do. The land is done and the mountains are underway. Right now what is showing for the water is the from the continent map. I cut a section of that map to use to do my basic outline for this map. When I move on, that will be gone.

The area that is most complete is the large island in the center.

11-29-2009, 10:11 PM
Latest Update!

Map is moving along pretty well now. I will do some more ground color variations, and then I will do one more level of terrain once all of the rivers are in.

Still a little more to do, but the final product is in sight!

11-29-2009, 10:20 PM
Are you Wilburing the rivers? They look pretty nice.

11-29-2009, 11:13 PM
No, everything is done in PS. I just try to observe the lay of the land when I do the rivers, and think of how they perform in the "real" world.

Steel General
11-30-2009, 07:06 AM
Coming along nicely...

About the only 'criticism' I have is that your city labels kind of get lost being just plain, white text.

12-02-2009, 03:05 PM
Nearing completion...

I have all of the drawing done. I'm not quite sure if I am happy with the ocean colors yet... Any comments?

I just have some labeling to do, and this will be finished.

I want to do a map border, but I am not sure if I like this one. Any comments/suggestions? I would love to have a border like the one in this excellent map WesterosMap (http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/WesterosMap.jpg)

12-03-2009, 02:21 AM
I like the overall look.

Valey of Kings? Think you want another "l" there.
The city is a capital; the capitol is the building.
Also in the key, "associated" is missing an "s".

There are some spots where rivers seem to fade out.

I really like the choice of fonts. They are easy to read and look good at the same time. The different fonts and text treatments seem to go together well, too.

I like the border you have, but the Westeros border would probably look good, too.

12-03-2009, 09:13 AM
Thanks for the spelling corrections. You get close to the end of the map, and start rushing through things and make all kinds of mistakes. Also, I learned something that I missed in school. I always thought that both the city and building were capitol.

Also, some of the rivers that fade in and out were to show that the river often "dries up" in those areas.

12-04-2009, 03:42 AM
I like your map :D About the comment you made about the ocean color, I think it would be better to make a better transition over the colors. If you used several layers for the different blues, you can modify the saturation, and the hue to made them mix better.

And I love the rivers! They are great! And the transition to desert in the south. How you did them?

12-04-2009, 11:52 AM
A drawing tablet makes all of the difference! The rivers are done on my Wacom pad. You draw, and you can vary the width by using different pressures on the pad.

The dessert is done much the same way. I set the flow to a very low number (20%), and then use a pretty large brush. I do an initial brush on the borders, and then do extra strokes the farther into the desert I go. It gives a nice, gradual blend.

12-05-2009, 06:36 AM
Really nice! I really like the mountains.

Sorry to be nitpicky but Kag Rhiggin seems to be missing an (r) if it's going to be consistent with the other settlements in Kharolan. I know how easy it is to miss these things, I do it myself all the time :).

12-08-2009, 11:38 AM
Almost done now!

Fixed a lot of spelling errors(thanks for the help!), and finished up the terrain. I tweaked the colors a bit and like these a little better.

A little bit more labeling and this will be done!

The file size on this was very large and exceeded the file size limit, so I reduced the quality a little to get it to fit. Hopefully it will still be good. If not, I will cut it into two parts and upload individually.

12-08-2009, 12:03 PM
One thing that bothers me (a lot) is the hard color transition between many of the rivers and the sea/bay they empty into. For me, Drensalport, Brand, and Valyndara are the worst of the offending locations. but several others as well. I don't know exactly how your layers are arranged, so not sure how much help this would be, but my suggestion would be to to zoom in close and use a small smudge fuzzy smudge, stroking out from the rivers into the sea in a fan pattern. Then follow up with a fuzzy brush with the blur tool to soften the edges more. The only issue is the glow you have around the coastline might get messed up a bit though... of course, you could always go the opposite direction, which works "best" if you have a channel with the coast outlined that includes some or all of the river "channels" for a selection so as to avoid painting back over the landforms... Again, without knowing your layer arrangement, I am not sure exactly what suggestions to make if you want to work on the issue(and if not, it won't hurt my feelings as it is still a nice map...)

Steel General
12-08-2009, 03:40 PM
Nice job...I agree with JFJr about the river color, also the border doesn't do much for me (reminds me of a dinner mat), but if you like it then that's all that truly matters.

12-08-2009, 05:43 PM
I don't really like the border either. I just haven't found one that makes happy yet.

I will fiddle with the river mouths a bit to see what I can do.

12-10-2009, 11:35 AM
The more I looked at the rivers, the more I realized how bad the transition was. I fiddled with it a little and ended up lightening the river's colors. I hope this looks better.

I did something with the border, but still not in love with it. I might just do it without a border, or put a thin, single color border around it.

Steel General
12-10-2009, 12:21 PM
Rivers and border are much better...