View Full Version : Robin Hobb's Six Duchies & Cursed Shores

01-26-2010, 05:12 PM
This is one of the very first maps I drew, actually the first digital, colour one (done in 2004).

Sorry I don't have WIPs for it, but this is how I went about it:

I used the maps found in various editions of Robin Hobb's Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies, copied them on tracing paper and used a scan as base layer (or set of layer), which I put on top with Multiply as blending mode.

On another layer I drew the shape of the land with a hard opaque brush in a bright colour. When this was done I blocked the transparency, filled with green (after filling another layer below with sea-blue) and then started adding different hue variations with a big soft brush with low opacity. I then decided where my light source would be and started working on the details, switching between lighter and darker shades (same for water).

I usually have several other layers for trees, names, roads and borders, sometimes another one between sea and land to adjust the colour of things such as sandy shores, lakes and rivers. On this one I had a layer for sand.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions, maybe I'll remember... :P


01-26-2010, 05:36 PM
That's very nice and painterly. I don't think I can do anything to guide ya so maybe you can guide us :) Well done.

01-26-2010, 07:53 PM
Terrific! I love those books, and it's nice to finally see all of those maps combined into one.

01-26-2010, 10:28 PM
Yeah, I've read nearly all of the Robin Hobb Books I've found... but it is nice to see the full map from those 9 books.

01-27-2010, 12:46 AM
Decent and clean map! Fine DA gallery, btw!

01-30-2010, 06:37 PM
Looks great! I am unfamiliar with the book but I enjoy your map. What font are you using by the way?



01-31-2010, 10:39 AM
Read 'em! The cycle starts with Assassin's Apprentice, book one of The Farseer Trilogy.

Oh, and Juggernaut: Did you read Gypsy? It was a collaboration with Steven Brust, and she wrote under her other name, Meghan Lindholm, so it's easy to miss.

01-31-2010, 03:05 PM
Have some rep. I have read most of the Robin Hobb books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am also very much enjoying your map. Good work!

02-01-2010, 05:08 AM
If I remember correctly, I used a font called "Celtic", but I can't find it anymore (probably lost it in a disk crash). There are some fonts that look very much like it online, try "Stonehenge" maybe?

Steel General
02-01-2010, 06:38 AM
Another nice one!

07-28-2011, 09:23 AM
Curious to know how the map has changed, if at all, as a result of the new Rain Wild Chronicles