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Ascension
01-31-2010, 03:07 PM
I've had a cold for the past few days so today I felt a little better and finished my hand-drawn map. It was meant mostly as an exercise to practice doing things hand-drawn as opposed to my usual artsy or satellite styles. Always gotta try new and different things, ya know? It was pretty fun although all of the little drawings took way too long to do (draw em big, then shrink em down, and then trace over em). Things on here that I did not do: the font (12th century fancy caps), some really old grunge brushes, the compass (from a brush set here at The Guild), and Coyotemax's parchment.

~A~

Sapiento
01-31-2010, 03:17 PM
Amazing in execution and detail!

Davros01
01-31-2010, 03:30 PM
very nicely executedl. the fun part will be looking for the easter eggs that i am sure you wiilll find ifyou look hard enough. a nice solid map!

Jaxilon
01-31-2010, 03:59 PM
This is just great all the way around!

My wife came in and I said, "Hey, take a look at this map."

She totally digs it. She had me scrolling around to the various corners so she could spy out all the little creatures and points of interest. She told me to tell you that a map like that could inspire a story. Believe me man, if she liked it that much it really is fantastic. She is my toughest critic. I always listen to what you guys post on my WIPs and stuff but when I really want t know if something just sucks or not, I ask her. She's not going to pull any punches.

So that's two thumbs up from my household :)

Absolutely Wonderful!

Ascension
01-31-2010, 04:51 PM
Thanks, gang. Much appreciated and tell the Mrs. thanks, too. :) Gotta keep the ladies happy or else they won't let you map anymore ;) I just got another idea that I'd like to throw in and re-upload...a lil party of adventurers a la Monty Python and Coyotemax. Maybe I'll make em tokens and people can bop around with em until Sir Robin's minstrels get eaten (and there will be much rejoicing, yay).

ravells
01-31-2010, 05:24 PM
This is just spectacular. I love the 'drop shadow' line shading, the fading out to linework only at the edges of the map and the sheer wonder of it all.... marvellous. Maps like these must take a hell of a long time to draw, but by golly they're worth it. Absolutely stunning, Ascension - particularly as it was a new style you hadn't done before. I'd love to have that map on my wall.

Djekspek
01-31-2010, 05:57 PM
Great job Ascension. Besides the fact that it's a great drawings and has great color, it's one that really has 'character'. Yet another style added to your arsenal! cheers

Gandwarf
01-31-2010, 06:18 PM
Whoa... your skills have improved so much the last couple of years. You are doing truly amazing work nowadays Ascension. Wow!

Matrim
01-31-2010, 06:49 PM
Had a look through the WIP-thread yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! Nice to see the final result!

torstan
01-31-2010, 06:54 PM
I love the perspective in the eternal fields. That lends a focus to the whole map and really draws the eye. Great colouring and a beautiful level of attention to detail and clean finish. Brilliantly done. The hours you put into this and the determination to get it right really show. Well done.

Clercon
02-01-2010, 04:15 AM
I love it! Really beautiful map.

Daelin
02-01-2010, 05:06 AM
Haha, Im cracking up over the Meuw Highlands and Baah Lowlands. :P
Awesome map!

Steel General
02-01-2010, 07:45 AM
This is my new favorite as far as maps you've done - great stuff! :)

Coyotemax
02-03-2010, 08:59 PM
Yow! I saw the finished map, repped and rated, but somehow i missed the comments, didn't see my name pop up in the thread before today :)

Glad to know my parchments are finding such excellent homes :P (and such an excellent map this is. i'm back to being jealous of your art skills again!)

Locution
02-08-2010, 05:13 PM
Wow Ascension, I have been away for a while and remember seeing this as a new WIP. I can hardly believe how this has progressed. I supposed I shouldn't be surprised but this map blows my mind. This is absolutely a map to be proud of!

Elothan
02-13-2010, 09:05 PM
Fantastic... utterly WOW....
I wish I had just a fraction of the skill to pull of something like that :)

Ascension
02-14-2010, 09:39 AM
I don't really have that much skill so give it a try :) It's all patience and determination. The more ya do it the more ya get some practice under yer belt and pretty soon yer doing nice things.