View Full Version : Valley Of Nyrhizmen

02-05-2010, 09:17 AM
Heya, I started a new regional map. I want to do 3d-ish regional map that sort of "really pops-out of the paper". I also want to improve my drawing skills on mountains and terrain as this will be more detailled then for example the regional Sinisteria map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8846-Lands-Of-Sinisteria) I did before this one so I first did some little concept drawings. I posted both the concept drawings plus the 1st rough outline of the map. Lets see where this will go ;) ... cheers!

02-05-2010, 09:39 AM
Looking good. I like the rock dragon - and I like the mountains - very craggy. With the river flowing through the grass I hope you're not going to do the whole map like that - it would look phenomenal but it would take forever. Looking forward to seeing the result of this one.

02-05-2010, 10:58 AM
This looks great! I like the little samples you did. If you carry on that way I think this is going to be one gorgeous map.

02-05-2010, 10:59 AM
I love those sketches! Really informative of the process and beautiful to look at.

02-05-2010, 11:36 AM
Looks very, promising, Djekspek. I have no doubt the result will be amazing.

02-05-2010, 11:43 AM
Wow, it's looking very good!
Looking forward for the results.

02-05-2010, 12:26 PM
Wow! That looks great! I really love the detail. It's helpful to see your process.

02-05-2010, 05:09 PM
Wonderful...now I gotta step up as well :) I like your little concept sketches and I like the idea of doing those first and making a map that will fit those things into it....kinda going in the backwards way. I'm cool with that - I do it with my rivers and mountains. I like the grassland creek the best, that is uber sweet.

02-06-2010, 08:17 AM
thanks guys. now i have to make this look good .... started doing some details and finding out its really hard to get detailled shapes look natural (the more you zoom out the easier it is it seems..)... It seems one really has to think about shape and shade which is hard without using references (somehow I never use reference, call me silly but I like to 'let it flow from my head onto the paper' ;) ... But I guess its just getting practise so if I manage to finish this bugger i'll be better at it. Anyway, attached some progress. After i did the rough sketch i pushed down opacity on it, started a new sketch layer and copied some of the concepts on it (they're not all in correct perspective but ill fix that later) then started detailled sketching on this new layer. Also added another color layer to do detailled coloring (1st experiments in left-bottom tho not yet satisfied with it). May not look like much but getting the lines right takes time (and aye torstan, i hope i manage to get this grass/river flow on the whole map, guess it will take ages indeed) ... Just hope i get faster during the process :D cheers

02-07-2010, 05:26 PM
more details... this is one is gonne take some time ... but am having a blast :D

02-07-2010, 06:02 PM
Looks amazing. I have a feeling this will be your best yet.

02-07-2010, 06:54 PM
Seeing this come together really makes me want to try to do a handrawn map like this one. It'll probably be horrific, but it'll be fun...I think I'll make a Dj style my next project.

02-07-2010, 08:12 PM
Doing this kind of style can really help you learn about the drawing and painting part of things, that's for sure. It's good practice and everyone should try it a few times just for that...no matter how well you can, or can't, draw. My first one was just average but the second one was a vast improvement so you gotta do a few of em. DJ won three challenges and this one is his best so far.

02-09-2010, 08:39 PM
Echo that. Its winding up to be a really good one. The rocks in particular have no detail yet and still look amazing. Just love the contour to the river. Its got that Crazy Red feel about it too and his stuff was always inspirational as well.

02-09-2010, 10:13 PM
Holy crap man, Lake Aelty is stunningly gorgeous! And I suppose the rest is really great too ;) I seem to be jealous of all your maps. Keep it up!