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Diamond
02-02-2010, 02:53 AM
New month, new project. :D

This is going to be fairly ambitious (for me, anyway). Full-on world map, in a vein similar to Moutarde's excellent, awesome WIP. It's a planet colonized by Earthmen in roughly AD 2500. Sometime during the next millennium, the Terran Empire collapsed, and an interstellar dark age took hold, lasting for several centuries, and much longer in some places... like this planet, which I don't have a name for yet. This place is now starting to pull itself up out of the darkness, and it's at roughly a level of steam technology, with some rediscovered tech thrown into the mix.

And here's the base map, laid out in Western (left) and Eastern (right) Hemispheres:

moutarde
02-02-2010, 03:14 AM
Right on! :) Some nice interesting landmasses to work with there. It kind of looks like you put the landmasses straight in the spheres though, rather than drawing each one a square canvas and warping into a spherical projection. I used a stereographic projection for mine, but an azimuthal projection gives the same effect, but with less distortion of the landmasses. Just some food for thought ;)

Diamond
02-02-2010, 03:33 AM
It kind of looks like you put the landmasses straight in the spheres though, rather than drawing each one a square canvas and warping into a spherical projection.
Yeah, that's exactly what I did. I suck at warping stuff into different shapes. But since my goal is to make something pretty rather than strictly accurate, I will forgive myself. :D

Here's another WIP. This thing is going to suck a lot of space, I can already tell, so I might have to post by hemisphere instead of putting the whole thing up. It might get too big...

moutarde
02-02-2010, 03:52 AM
Forgiven ;)

And bigger is always better, right?

Coyotemax
02-02-2010, 03:58 AM
Well since it's not referencing a realworld location, you could always take the shortcut and say that IS what the place looks like after being warped :P

Diamond
02-02-2010, 04:04 AM
Well since it's not referencing a realworld location, you could always take the shortcut and say that IS what the place looks like after being warped :P

Yeah! Yeah, that's the ticket! :D

Matrim
02-02-2010, 08:14 AM
I'm not sure in what program you're working, but if it's photoshop you could give the spherize filter a try? Might not be the thing that'll do the trick, with me having very! little experience with cartography. But hey, if you don't shoot, you always miss. ;) (That is probably only an expression in Dutch, but it gets the message across)

Diamond
02-02-2010, 06:56 PM
@Matrim: I'm using photoshop CS2. I know of the spherize function, I'm just lousy at applying it. :D There's gotta be a way to do it, I just haven't figured it out yet.

Here's another WIP, with some preliminary countries and borders laid in, as well as major rivers. (I do think I'll go back and add in a bunch more rivers before I'm done, but these are just the big ones for right now...) I hid the background and borders, etc to reduce the file size a bit.

Sapiento
02-03-2010, 01:24 AM
This develops very good!

Diamond
02-03-2010, 03:42 AM
Turns out the good thing about unemployment is that it gives me plenty of time for cartography. :D

In between emailing resumes and yakking on the phone with potential employers, here's what I did all day. Oh, and I decided to name the planet Nova Araby - for some reason I have it stuck in my head that it was named that by UN explorers and then actually settled by Arabs and... Russians. :)

moutarde
02-03-2010, 03:52 AM
Looking very nice so far. The texture on the political shadings look great :)

Diamond
02-03-2010, 07:45 PM
Another update. The text in the upper right isn't set in stone; it's more of a place holder for right now. I'm most likely going to change the font to something pseudo-Greek-ish. Thanks to Coyote for the awesome gold-plating tut.

Coyotemax
02-03-2010, 08:37 PM
First moutarde, and now you... I'm feeling left behind here. I just may have to try my hand at one of these myself at this rate!!

Diamond
02-03-2010, 08:42 PM
It's certainly fun to work on, that's for sure! This is one of those rare times where the way I envisaged things looking in my head is the way they actually look as they're created. :D

arsheesh
02-03-2010, 08:51 PM
Wow! This looks fantastic. I'll second Coyotemax's comment. I only wish I had time to begin a new project. Great work so far, I'm looking forward to watching the map progress.

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

Diamond
02-05-2010, 01:39 AM
Another update, with some artwork put in. Note: I didn't draw any of those alien heads; I've had them sitting around on my PC for months, years in a couple of cases. I unfortunately can't credit the artists as I don't remember where I originally found the pictures. :( But they DO look awesome...

I had to save it as a JPEG with a little less resolution, otherwise, it wouldn't have uploaded. Hopefully there's not too much pixellation.

arsheesh
02-05-2010, 02:02 AM
Wow, that just looks fantastic! Great color scheme. I like the background maps as well. Good work Diamond.

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

moutarde
02-05-2010, 02:09 AM
Those insets are looking fantastic! The mountains in particular are working really well there. I have to ask though, do those enormous white dots on the main map represent cities?

Diamond
02-05-2010, 03:05 AM
Yep, those white dots are capital cities. Very LARGE capital cities. :D

Diamond
02-05-2010, 08:40 PM
A small update. Just some text added for now.

Steel General
02-05-2010, 08:41 PM
This has progressed quite nicely.