View Full Version : Lands Of Sinisteria

01-06-2010, 08:54 AM
Hi all, should be working on my monthly competion map but got dragged into something else. Can't get this one out of my head yet so hope I finish this in time. Tho it seems easier for me to finish maps when I have a deadline. hmm, just wish there was 48 hours in a day ;)

01-06-2010, 09:33 AM
Holy crap that is nice, what software did you use or was it hand-drawn? I've been thinking of doing an isometric map and maps like this just inspire me, though I don't think i could get to this level.



01-06-2010, 09:37 AM
Wow your hand-drawn hills and mountains rock!

Why the name though? Is this a land of left-handed people :?:

01-06-2010, 10:07 AM
Oh damn that's nice! I love the labels. I personally can't see much to criticize... maybe that the coastline is a bit hard to see in the bottom, but that's very minor. Nice work :D

01-06-2010, 10:46 AM
Absolutely beautiful. As always.

01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
Beautiful work there. Is this going to be coloured or is this staying as a black and white map? Nevertheless - this is looking very lovely indeed.

01-06-2010, 12:23 PM
Holy cow does that look nice!!! very well done


01-06-2010, 03:50 PM
Amazing! I would not have thought of making it look 3-dimensional in this way. Great looking map you have there!

Steel General
01-06-2010, 03:52 PM
Wonderful so far!

Looking forward to seeing the final version.

01-06-2010, 04:06 PM
Oh wow. Great map!

01-06-2010, 04:06 PM
What an absolute stunner. I hope you're going to post this in the finished maps forum when you're done. I'd love to see screenshots of stages in the map's development. Lovely imagination too, like the howling heads - my favourite. Really beautiful and atmospheric.

01-06-2010, 04:27 PM
Good stuff DJ. I'm working on a black and white map myself right now so maybe I can steal some forests from ya. ;)

01-06-2010, 05:40 PM
Wow. Its absolutly fantastic. Good work :-)

01-06-2010, 07:36 PM
hi all, thanks for the nice C&C! Really helps keeping morale up :D I have done some more linework (not done by far tho) and started experimenting with colors to get a fitting pallete. i posted a version in the size i work with.

@LonewandererD: its all in handdrawn stuff in PS. Inspiring someone with a map is really the best compliment one can get I think, so thanks.
@Ghostman: not sure what you mean with lefthanded people (does Sinisteria have some meaning i dont know of? english is not my native language ;)
@torstan: as you can see in the post i have been meddling with colors so aye it will be colored
@Ascension: feel free to grab some forest but am afraid i havent completely mastered forests yet :( and I hope i can get them better in the next version

next is more linework, tuning of colors and start experimenting with labels... cheers

01-06-2010, 10:54 PM
Far more imaginative than I'll ever be, you'll be catching up to Torstan. I love your detail like the castle in the lower left and the Easter Island heads, etc. The castle on the right might need a lil bit of dark color around it in order to pump up the contrast and make it stand out a bit more.

01-06-2010, 11:29 PM
Oh wow. My jaw literally dropped. I never even thought of doing a 3D map like that. Something I might have to have a go at myself!

01-06-2010, 11:53 PM
Coming along beautifully and that colour palette is simply gorgeous. Great stuff.

01-07-2010, 09:15 AM
I thought it looked cool when it was hand drawn. Now it is cool beyond cool!

01-07-2010, 09:44 AM
great work.. no rep for now.... will when I can....

Map Vandal
01-07-2010, 11:06 AM
This is one of the greatest pieces of art I have ever seen on this site. Absolutely amazing.

I will rep you when I can.

01-07-2010, 11:15 AM
Absolutely lovely/beautiful. This is indeed turning into one of the better maps I have seen posted on this forum.

01-07-2010, 11:17 AM
I'm gonna play devil's advocate and say I preferred the greyscale version. Still lovely though.

01-09-2010, 06:32 AM
thanks again guys for c&c. another update. did some labels and more linework. also started to do more detailled color to make structures stand out more (probs need some more) And still struggling with forest. Does not look like much progress but its all details now so progress wont show much. cheers

01-09-2010, 08:53 AM
REP-tastic... I love this! I can only assume you use a tablet for this.. i can't imagine drawing it with a mouse although i suppose it wouldn't be impossible. I really like the waterfalls and the island on that lake.. i want to live right there! Sort of Narnia meets Time Bandits meets Dune meets the Dark Crystal etc... well not really but there are several landmarks that conjure up images of those types of sci-fi & fantasy settings.

01-15-2010, 09:31 PM
hi, my contest map is still failing so I needed a break and did some work on this map. Linework almost done now. Sea-painting needs work still and also not yet happy with the roses (maybe I should drop them?). (@a2area, I use a tablet indeed, but got crazy adapting hand/eye coordination so I diminished my savings to get a Cintiq so I can see my hands while I draw... and oh my, I just love that thing :D ) cheers

01-15-2010, 09:57 PM
No idea how I missed seeing this map until now, but it looks amazing! Call me envious :)

01-16-2010, 12:06 AM
ooh ooh... The right side of the nameplate is just screaming for a dragon or something "sinister" wrapped around the "A".... looks like you already left room for something??

01-16-2010, 01:21 AM
When you say roses do you mean rhumb lines? Those things are pretty random so I think yours look fine.

01-16-2010, 01:54 AM
Amazing overall.
the only thing I would say about the rhumb lines is that it's odd to see the compass offset from the one it's next to. Other than that I would leave them as is, they look just fine.

01-16-2010, 03:37 PM
This is one of the best looking maps I've ever seen.

01-16-2010, 04:24 PM
I hadn't seen this one yet, but it's abselutely beautiful. I love the prerspective, it's something I've never seen before, and it really gives the map something special.

01-16-2010, 04:38 PM
Looking very cool. The compass lines in the sea are off at the moment - they need to be warped to fit the perspective. Currently we're seeing them straight on. Otherwise it looks great. Glad to see it coming along so well (and very jealous of the Cintiq!)

01-16-2010, 07:41 PM
thanks again all for the nice c&c! I removed the compass (needs redraw), did more coloring (didnt want to do clipping-masks but had to in the end, took me loads of time to get them right). the rumthingie-lines are in perspective but I guess the drawing itself is slightly off with respect to paper, making the lines look non-perspective indeed, i will fix that (thx for noticing torstan)... most of the time for this update was spend on the lille dragon that indeed was missing :D (thanks a2area for pointing that out). guess labelling, scales and compass are biggest leftovers for now (and of course more tuning on the line-work and colors) cheers

01-17-2010, 10:45 AM
Hi all, another update. added compass and labels. mostly done now but the labels dont work yet. im thinking of making them all handdrawn as I cant get them to fit. Any hints, tips, suggestions really appreciated. Also the background is not really ok, maybe I should make it black or just leave it white... cheers

01-17-2010, 11:03 AM
Looking good - and the dragon looks great!

With the labels - I think you need to spread the letters out by in creasing the kerning. The black outline means that they look a lot like they run into each other and make them hard to read. Also, I'd lighten all the colours. The blue and green labels are tricky to read, especially with the black outline and the kerning.

The compass feels a bit off too - feels like we're looking down onto it rather than at it from the side. I have to say that I preferred the earlier version.

As for the background - I think it's fine. An alternative would be a table to continue the theme of a paper map on it's side. Or a more textured background - at the moment it's a bit too blurry.

Coming along nicely. Have a bit of rep to keep you going :)

Edit: damn - need to spread it around a bit.

01-17-2010, 11:57 AM
I think you need to spread the letters out by in creasing the kerning.

Sorry, I just found the space added to "increasing" to be particularly ironic/apprpriate considering the context of the sentence :)

01-17-2010, 12:57 PM
I thought it was just me, but like Torstan I think the perspective on the compas is slightly off, the rest of it is spot on though!!!

I wonder whether it would look cooler (as if it were possible!) if the labels were in perspective too?

I can't think of enough superlatives for this map...

01-17-2010, 07:48 PM
thanks for the very usefull comments! I redid the labels with the kerning, lighter-color and tried some perspective in it. They are better but not yet as I imagined them. (Well, on my next map I'll take labelling earlier into account and blend them right in) Also redid the -completely out of perspective- compass (thats what you get when sitting too close to the drawingboard ;) ) Finally did some small retouching. cheers

01-17-2010, 07:56 PM
Looks great!

Perhaps some nice sharp highlights on the compass to show that it's metal? Perhaps desaturate some of the labels - that blue is rather bright? But really I'd call it done. This is lovely.