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StarRaven
02-05-2010, 12:40 AM
After quite a bit of work on my story, something about it just wasn't speaking to me. I decided to go back and revise the names of the countries (which I random-generated before) and that, of course, meant I needed a new map! While I was at it, I also decided to hand-draw a map of the areas I specifically needed for my story. So, I guess this is really the story of two maps...

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This is (a bad picture of) the close-up. My scanner hasn't been working properly and my camera doesn't really take very good pictures, but it's the best I could get. I haven't shaded the mountains on this one, either... I'm not quite sure how I should do them. If I just did them in black, I'd lose a lot of detail, and I might have a problem with some of the cities that are located within the mountain's shadows. I also need to figure out a way to ink the roads without making them look like little rivers. I have to say, I'm really proud of those creatures, though. :D I need to put in maybe one or two more.

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This is the full map. I'd like to tell you what that box is reserved for, but... honestly, it was just a lot of blank space.I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet. I also need to shade the mountains on this one, but... well, I've just been lazy. I'll get on it.... I'll probably shade them in a lighter color, though, rather than in black.

Diamond
02-05-2010, 12:45 AM
Wow, both of those are simply fantastic. Beautiful work & repped.

arsheesh
02-05-2010, 12:53 AM
Oohh, now that is just beautiful! I have seen a fair share of antique looking maps, but I really like yours allot StarRaven. The crumpled parchment look is killer, and I dig the hills and trees allot too; looks like they were done with a calligraphy pen. Great job, enjoy some rep.

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

StarRaven
02-05-2010, 01:28 AM
Diamond - Thank you! :D

Arsheesh - Thank you very much! The "crumpled parchment" is actually just a difference clouds layer embossed and then set to overlay. I usually think I overdo it, but thanks for the compliment! The hills and trees and whatnot (actually, pretty much everything on that map...) were indeed done with one of Photoshop's calligraphy brushes. :) Thanks for noticing!

Aenigma
02-05-2010, 08:39 AM
I love the mountains. I've always preferred this way of making mountains... It looks awesome!. I also like the name of the place :D

Steel General
02-05-2010, 09:04 AM
The "antique" version is very nice.

torstan
02-05-2010, 01:52 PM
Very LotR - looks great in the parchment version. s for the inset - perhaps a good location for a compass, scale or legend. Alternatively you could put a blown up detail of one of the towns there?

Nice work!

StarRaven
02-05-2010, 02:10 PM
Aenigma - Thank you! I prefer this type of mountain too. I've never been able to get a top-down view that shows the mountains in a way that satisfies me.... And thanks... I agonized over the names, haha....

Steel General - Thanks! :D

Torstan - It's funny you should say that! I was thinking of putting in a detail of the city of Zephyra, which is where a great deal of the story takes place. Thank you. :D

Diamond
02-05-2010, 02:54 PM
I've been meaning to thank you for your brushes again also, StarRaven. I've used them a couple times now to great effect. So thanks! :D

StarRaven
02-05-2010, 06:04 PM
Diamond - Ooh, that's great to hear! I'm glad you found them useful! Might I ask where you used them? I'd love to see.

Diamond
02-05-2010, 06:32 PM
Well, that dotted line brush I've used in just about every single map I've made since you posted it - I use it for everything from borders to roads to trade routes.

And I used your forest brushes right here: http://chanimur.deviantart.com/art/Western-Anneira-149832632

StarRaven
02-06-2010, 01:59 AM
I've been mostly working on the hand-drawn map. First up is some close-ups of some bits of it that I really like at the moment:
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The top two are pictures I took this afternoon. Left: the pine forest (Marceline) and the griffon. Eventually I'll shade all the trees... right now, I'm about halfway done. Right: Khaldun. I'm pretty happy with the way I ended up doing the roads, and the river... well.. I keep thinking it kind of looks like tree bark....

The bottom two I took this morning, but nothing's really changed all that much, so I think it's fine. Left: Alphyns. Although there are some parts of them that I'm not terribly happy about, but I think I did pretty okay considering how small they are. There are some bits I should've been a little lighter with my pen, but... eh. Right: The hydra! He actually looks a bit different now, I added some stippling on him for shadows (you can't really see that in the full map picture so I'll have to take another detail shot later.)

The whole map is looking much better. It was looking a bit flat before.
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I'm still pondering exactly how to shade the mountains, I sketched out some ideas - I know, they all probably pretty much look the same, heh, but I wanted to make sure shading at a certain angle wouldn't look absolutely awful or something... - I'm not sure whether I want to go with #1, which I thought looked good especially after I added that stippling on the opposite side of the shadow - or #4. I really like the stippling, but I have a feeling it looks a little too smooth. Hmm.

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Ascension
02-06-2010, 07:10 AM
I like the ones on the left, hatching plus stippling.

arsheesh
02-06-2010, 02:05 PM
They're both nice, but I actually prefer #4; yeah it's a bit smooth but I think the stipple shadows look great. Anyway that's my two cents, for what it's worth.

Cheers,

-Arsheesh

Diamond
02-06-2010, 09:44 PM
I like the ones on the left, hatching plus stippling.

Ditto for me. I like that combination of techniques.

StarRaven
02-09-2010, 06:25 PM
I might have gone just a bit overboard with the stippling, but some of those big blank areas just look so boring! I still have a couple things to put in... a town here, a tree there... ya know.

Overall, I think it's coming along.

But then I was upstairs today and found my box of art supplies and the giant art pad I had for an art class one time. Including all my nice art pencils and my charcoal.

...After a lot of pondering, I decided it's probably a good thing that I don't have a table in this house big enough to work on something that massive.

Ascension
02-09-2010, 06:32 PM
Now this looks pretty cool. Looks dramatic and fun at the same time. I really like the thicker mtn line you have in some places...it really helps move the eye around so I'd put in a few more to define the mtn edges some more. I hear ya on the table thing...I've got the space but once I put my face into a big ole blank page I forget to come up for a few days.

StarRaven
02-09-2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks! Where would you suggest putting the thicker lines? I'm sure I had some reason for putting them where they are, but I can't remember it, heh.

Ugh, yeah. That blank page, though. It mocks me.

Ascension
02-09-2010, 10:20 PM
Here I put heavier lines on the left side where there is a lot of shadows and then I went across the top and bottom to make a big letter C kind of thing (creates a sort of border around the edge to keep the eye from wandering off the page) and then I put a few heavier lines on the shadow side on the mtns running up the middle just very subtly for accent (that part probably needs to be more subtle). Now I just slabbed these on heavily with a 5 pixel airbrush so that you could see em so I'm sure that your line style will go much nicer.

StarRaven
02-10-2010, 12:14 AM
Oh, yeah! That's a great idea!