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Ascension
12-11-2009, 09:15 PM
Map (Click to enlarge)
http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/TorentineThumb.jpg (http://www.cartographersguild.com/feature/TorentineMap.jpg)

Created in: Illustrator & Photoshop

Review

a2area burst onto the scene and blew us all away. This particular map is so professional-looking that we just had to show it off properly.

a2area says:

Well I finally finished this one! The WIP thread for this is at http://www.cartographersguild.com/...ead.php?t=8142 (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=8142) but basically, the entire map is built in Adobe Illustrator (CS3) and then pasted into Photoshop in groupings of layers where I apply various filters and layer some subtle effects in to make it look more polished. I especially like the easy mask-ability of Photoshop. I made good use of graphic styles in Illustrator to get train tracks etc and I use some free fonts for some of the little icons. All of the coats of arms are built in Illustrator as well. The globe is taken from the original fractal file of the planet and then shaded.

This is the first in a project of about 4 (maybe more) atlas style maps which will focus on this fictional place. The next will either be a land use, resource, topography and relief map (all wrapped into one if I can manage it) or a large city map of the imperial capital surrounded by some smaller city insets.

Original Thread
To go to the original thread click here. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=8255)

a2area
12-11-2009, 10:50 PM
I would like to thank.... (-;

Isn't that the way. An award with my first map on the site. Now I have to live up to expectations.... Really, though.. thanks a whole lot for the acknowledgement. It made my day!

Brian (a2area)

mearrin69
12-11-2009, 11:14 PM
Well deserved. If it wasn't clearly a fictional land I'd accuse you of scanning in a page from an atlas and trying to pass it off as your own! :) Beautiful map and looking forward to more of the same. Repped.
M

Bohunk
12-12-2009, 12:14 AM
Un-flippin' believable! Well done!

Ben
12-12-2009, 03:12 AM
WOW! Looks right out of an Atlas!

Djekspek
12-12-2009, 08:17 AM
Great map and well deseverd a2arena! This is pro-quality indeed!

Ramah
12-12-2009, 08:32 AM
I wondered how long it would take this to become a choice map. :)

Very well done. Great stuff.

Aenigma
12-13-2009, 06:55 AM
I've always liked these.
Is there a world map of the planet as well? I'd love to see it :)

Coyotemax
12-13-2009, 07:25 AM
Nicely done! well deserved!

Sapiento
12-13-2009, 11:22 AM
Well deserved. Great work.

terminal
12-14-2009, 04:07 AM
Astounding work, literally looks like it was published in an Atlas. Hope you go on and map the rest of your fictional world.

wormspeaker
12-14-2009, 05:41 PM
Now, I'm sure I saw this in an old volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica... or maybe not...

katoblepa
12-17-2009, 07:26 AM
Just 3 letters: W-O-W !
(which is not the mmorpg.. ok.. silly joke :( )

This is just beautiful, but I'm wondering: could it be possible to do something like that for a fantasy/steampunk map?
I mean, this one looks very modern and real. And that's just cool.
But what if I tried to use the same style for, let's say, a D&D map?

Vorhees
12-22-2009, 09:31 PM
indeed absolutely amazing the level of information you have provided on the map , love it and repped , congrats on the award too.

Jaxilon
12-23-2009, 01:45 PM
Yeah, this is incredible. It totally looks like it's from an atlas. Great job!

Azhrei
01-04-2010, 09:44 PM
OMGICANTBELIEVETHISMAP!!!

That's very nice work, a2area. I clicked on the little thumbnail piece in the OP and expected to get just a small section of a coastline, but what came up was a HUGE map of an entire continent with a ridiculous amount of detail!

stevenfrye
01-08-2010, 04:56 AM
How do cartographers protect their work against copyright infringement?

RjBeals
01-08-2010, 10:45 AM
jeez.. the time you must have spent on this is unbelievable. I'll just sit here and stare at it for a few hours !

You must be a graphic designer by trade - do you mind me asking what you do for a living?

redleg7
01-12-2010, 12:07 PM
Awesome map!

Now all we need is an easy tutorial :)

El Bob
01-17-2010, 12:03 AM
I'm really impressed by this -- certainly professional quality.

The Good Doctor
01-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Really awesome work! Totally impressed.

arsheesh
01-31-2010, 06:34 AM
Dugh, ugh yeah... wow! ... color me impressed!

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

ragX
02-03-2010, 08:07 AM
really awesome

ProFantasy
03-08-2010, 11:29 AM
An excellent map. I've sent you a PM.

a2area
03-09-2010, 04:11 AM
Thanks... odd though, i didn't receive a PM?

ProFantasy
03-09-2010, 10:04 AM
Thanks... odd though, i didn't receive a PM?

Please email simonwork@profantasy.com.

Guldaroth
04-07-2010, 10:19 AM
Congratulations !

jwbjerk
04-09-2010, 10:37 AM
Amazing map. Just by looking at it (i haven't read any descriptions yet) i can see the history that made it. The tiny bit of territory on the right, Torentine, must be some small Portugal-like nation with the sailing technology and skill to cross the gap to the other continent first. The inhabitants to the continent on the left didn't have the technology, and/or organization and so they were mostly carved up by the conquistador-like Torentines. The names and all major cities being coastal, the relative lack of development, and huge areas devoted to parks support this. However a few of the groups were organized enough, diplomatic enough, or put up a good enough fight that you have the two confederation of Anahuac states. Or possible since they are in the center, they were just all that was left when they surrendered.

Other details are interesting, but more mysterious. Who does the Refuge Atoll offer refuge too?

The only fault i see is your forgot the underline the key says belongs on the imperial capitol name on Torentine in the inset.

Ok, now i'm gonna go read the description and see if i'm right.

a2area
04-11-2010, 10:09 AM
Amazing map. Just by looking at it (i haven't read any descriptions yet) i can see the history that made it. The tiny bit of territory on the right, Torentine, must be some small Portugal-like nation with the sailing technology and skill to cross the gap to the other continent first. The inhabitants to the continent on the left didn't have the technology, and/or organization and so they were mostly carved up by the conquistador-like Torentines. The names and all major cities being coastal, the relative lack of development, and huge areas devoted to parks support this. However a few of the groups were organized enough, diplomatic enough, or put up a good enough fight that you have the two confederation of Anahuac states. Or possible since they are in the center, they were just all that was left when they surrendered.

Other details are interesting, but more mysterious. Who does the Refuge Atoll offer refuge too?

The only fault i see is your forgot the underline the key says belongs on the imperial capitol name on Torentine in the inset.

Ok, now i'm gonna go read the description and see if i'm right.

Yep.. you basically got it right on! There was another power that came in from the west as well.. and Torentine came from the east and a war decided the current boundaries. Fernandina was part of a Spanish-like empire that while they also came from the east like the Tor's, they started colonizing further to the southwest on the continent and moved northeast. Fernandina was once a prosperous "Nordestal" province that broke away in its heyday.. enjoyed 60 years of progress the was overthrown by a fascist then communist regime.. Later, the daughter of the dead exiled Fernandinan King married the Emperor of Torentine which prompted an invasion to claim what was now rightfully his. And yes, i did notice.. after the fact .. that i forgot to underline the darn capital.. haha.. all that work and i forget something like that! (0:

Anahuac is the remnant state of the so called "indigenous" people.. which originally consisted a couple small groups who came from a continent to the southeast about 1000 years before the other "western" nations began colonization. Due to being driven out of their homeland they took to the sea and were either blown off course or seeking a "fabled land"

Syt
05-04-2010, 01:36 PM
Just saw that this style will be in June's Annual over at ProFantasy. Greatly looking forward to it; the first atlas I owned as a kid (well, my dad owned it), had a very similar style and I love it. :)

kalvinlyle
05-25-2010, 05:47 PM
It's really interesting seeing a fantasy map draw in such a modern style. Very cool.

Cantoffie
06-03-2010, 11:43 PM
Awsome... I like the modern Realisticness to it!

TheSilentOne
06-25-2010, 10:50 AM
I wish I could get my first map to be as pro-looking as that. Great work

ProFantasy
07-10-2010, 12:28 PM
This gorgeous map-making style is now available as CC3 map-making style in the Cartographer's Annual here (http://sub.profantasy.com/2010/june10.html).

Gidde
07-10-2010, 01:18 PM
Congrats a2a!!

pinghenglin505
07-15-2010, 10:20 PM
well done!!

Nathan
07-21-2010, 08:04 AM
Just Amazing. Bravo ! :lol:
It could easily fool somebody who is not fond in geography.

Ander
10-28-2010, 12:27 PM
Whoa, this is really awesome, so professional... Well done!

PiriReis
08-08-2011, 08:58 AM
This is an amazing job indeed, very good job.

The only thing that I could not find was the scale of the map extent. I only looked at it for a minute, and as a complete n00b here, I doubt you wanted some random d00d to QC your map. Also I am judging it on Earth terms (size, planetary tilt, etc.), so it may not be even justified at all. The only other thing that I noticed was the equator 0 had some curvature to it, and the grid north at the equator seemed to be angled, though without a scale its hard to determine the math of the grid. There is also no datum in the legend, though this is not always necessary. The legend also lacks a map projection, though it appears to use a standard UTM projection. Other than that the only thing I would change is some of the locations of the annotation of the populated places and their masks.

It looks beautiful and is a great job.

Schley
03-10-2012, 10:37 PM
Nice contemporary atlas style! Good work sir!

Larnira
09-13-2012, 04:26 PM
Great map, love it

indigorising
12-04-2012, 11:15 PM
AWESOME work.

vorropohaiah
02-21-2013, 04:44 AM
now this is a map :) great work. I've been meaning to start experimenting with illustrator. if these are the results i can get from it, i just might have to :)