View Full Version : Unnamed (so far) map for writing

02-13-2010, 06:47 PM

Here's my map WIP. I'm drawing it to help with writing mainly, as it's not only useful to help me plot out the story and force me to name things properly rather than just putting '(insert name here)' all the time, but also just to make something that looks pretty cool really. Any suggestions of things to include would be great, and also any obvious mistakes that scream out to any of you cartographers (i'm willing to bend the rules abit for something that looks good, but want to avoid glaring errors).




02-13-2010, 07:04 PM

I want to see more of it, keep WIPing

Steel General
02-13-2010, 08:08 PM
This is a great start, looking forward to seeing it progress

02-13-2010, 09:46 PM
I'm liking it, especially the little ship. However, I suspect you meant to write "DIVIDING STRIDE" as the road divides the mountains.

02-14-2010, 09:34 AM
Has a great feeling to it. Keep it up.

02-14-2010, 12:13 PM
Cheers for the comments guys, and big thanks rdanhenry for the heads up on the spelling mistake, I'd never have noticed that otherwise. Will post an updated map as soon as i've added some more stuff to it all, maybe take a few days though as i'm slow as hell when adding new stuff, and very indecisive about what to put where lol!

02-14-2010, 01:45 PM
I like it and I will stay tuned for updates!

02-16-2010, 05:46 PM
Quick update. The ink work is the same as before (although with the spelling correction :oops: ) but decided to do some background work, as the greeny tan colour was annoying me lol. Used the 'Parchment & Stain Tutorial' for photoshop in the tuts section. Will probably add some folds/stains and rough up the edges at some point. The map itself has kind of become quite an important item to the plot of the story i'm writing, and belongs to one of the characters so will need to look abit dog eared. It's meant to have been torn out and nicked from some ancient book, and then gifted to him as a useful keepsake, but will eventually prove to be rather key to the narrative. I hadn't originally planned for it to feature much, but it's become more important in the story the more i've worked on it, strangely ;)


Not sure how much to push it with shading, as i want it to look mostly hand drawn in the end.

02-19-2010, 12:59 AM
I must say I love the mountains and forestry, it just looks great

02-19-2010, 01:21 AM
Nice work Jams... will be watching. You're building a bit of a crowd!

02-19-2010, 02:44 PM
Oh yes, wow... this does look great!

02-19-2010, 07:27 PM
Eagerly awaiting updates :D

02-20-2010, 12:19 AM
This looks really good, I love the mountains. :)

02-25-2010, 09:03 AM
Thanks for all the comments chaps, they're really appreciated.


Here's another update. Decided to enlarge the map abit and redesign the shape of the bottom half of the landmass, as wasn't overly pleased with the original shape. I also wanted to make more of a feature of the two islands to the south, as they're reasonably important in the narrative i'm planning (and thought they'd look better if bigger lol). I'm still playing around with the background stuff as i'm not quite sure how i want that to look in the end. Also adding features slowly as i plan out the story, so alot of open space still on the land, but i have a vague idea of how it'll pan out. Experimenting with the coast last night (little wave lines etc) and decided to hash in the sea outline i'd put round the land and it kinda looks like beaches or something, so might use that more. Also added some blank space to the right for compass and a couple of little illustrations i need to add at a later date.



02-25-2010, 10:18 AM
Looking very good. I prefered the darker background though plus I think the landmass outline is a bit thick. But still - I wished my maps would turn out like this.

02-25-2010, 12:19 PM
This looks really good so far, keep it up :)

02-25-2010, 01:02 PM
Nice lines and letters. Look forward to seeing where you take it, should be good :)
What are you using?

02-25-2010, 04:42 PM
That's a killer looking swamp, well done.

02-25-2010, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. I think i agree with you Rongar about the darker background. When i enlarged the image size it screwed up some of my layers abit so redid them quickly. Will aim to get it back to a similar level of darkness to the previous image, as it does look kind of richer, whereas new background is abit washy at the moment. Will try thinning out the coast line abit too, as am not happy with how much the land pops from the background, looks abit weird considering the handdrawn style. Thanks :) Sirith, i'm using Photoshop cs4 and a Wacom Tablet.

Will aim to get abit more done over the weekend and update early next week.


02-26-2010, 12:40 AM
looking very nice there!

02-26-2010, 01:29 PM
That is most excellent so far. Those are some of the best hand-drawn icons I've ever seen.

James McCann
02-28-2010, 01:28 PM
Nice looking map, I like the icons. However I think it would be better if the trees were lit from the side as the mountains are. The swamp symbols appear not to be clearly lit from any direction but I think that is fine, it gives an overcast look.

03-16-2010, 09:56 AM


It's been a while since i updated this as have been quite busy recently, but found some time to add some abit more to the map so thought would post up a new version. It's in a really rough state at the moment, as i'm not very consistant with which bits i work on. So there's loads of dodgy thickness coastline, half finished forests, un-named things, draft ideas etc, but hopefully it gives you an idea of where it's going. Have dropped the parchment background for the moment as it needs changing quite alot now that the outlines have changed abit. Also, must thank Coyotemax and his awesome Untitled Campaign Map for the idea of adding fields, as it's really helped to fill some of the gaps around the towns, thanks!

@JamesMcCann You're right about the tree shading. I'm currently re-drawing the trees abit, but will be adding abit of light and shade to them at some point, in line with the mountains.



03-16-2010, 11:19 PM
Lookin awesome so far, very nice.

03-16-2010, 11:39 PM
Very pretty but I miss the orange 'shopping bag' paper from earlier. (Post eight)

Are you doing this digitally with a tablet? I'm curious about your process and software choice.


03-17-2010, 06:20 AM
thats a beautiful map - and good to see you've started shading the trees too - really like your names too, looking very much forward to seing the finished map :)

03-24-2010, 05:44 PM
Absolutely love your style, JammyMatt. It's clean and beautiful. I'll copy you as much as I'm able to ;-)

04-08-2010, 11:43 PM
Very nice old-style inkwork!

04-11-2010, 02:37 AM
I love this map, I have to constantly resist not to steal the town/fortress/villages/towers icons.

04-11-2010, 06:10 AM
Wow. This map is a real beauty. Looking forward to seeing some more of this. :)

04-11-2010, 01:54 PM
The day you will finish this map, I will probably start a game with it :D. Awesome!!

04-13-2010, 07:01 AM
Very inspiring map!
Made me want to copy that style and start to make the continent i only have a mental image on and continue on as the players explore it.
One little question: On my map, i'll have a canyon thats wide (take a day to travell by foot from one wall to another) and several days to go the full lenght and "shallow" (20 meters high wall on the sides) but i want it to be seen on the map. how would you draw it?

04-17-2010, 02:00 PM
I love this... very nice (0:
I'll rep you when you finish.. he he.. a little "push"