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Kodiak
03-14-2010, 11:56 AM
This is my first attempt at digital mapping. I'm really pleased at how it came out actually, thanks to some excellent tutorials on this site.

Anyways, I'm working on world building, and this is by no means the finished product, more of a test run. I think I'm finding the texture overlays on the map may be to overpowering when I attempt to add towns, borders, area names and the like, so I'm probably going to do another version more traditional (parchment, pen and ink style).

I was just looking for feedback so far. I know my rivers are pretty odd, I'll have to fix those up (they're pretty wide and taper off to suddenly). Any other advice from you more season map makers would be appreciated!

Thanks.

tilt
03-14-2010, 12:44 PM
looking good - a nice start on map-making. And concerning your rivers (or fjords) at least you won't have the river police come running - they look like they are running the right way ;)

Daelin
03-14-2010, 03:05 PM
Fantastic look. Real nice use of coloring, and the shape of the coastlines look really good as well. The only thing I can point like a half-bent finger at is that the texture looks pretty uniform, across forest, grassland and desert, and also the lack of elevation.

AslanC
03-14-2010, 06:21 PM
I like it very much :)

Have some re.

Kaiser MacCleg
03-14-2010, 07:24 PM
Very nice. I really like the shape of the continent, too.

Kodiak
04-05-2010, 09:22 PM
Ok, its been a while since I posted this (busy time), but I've been messing around with everyone's suggestions and have made V2, which I'm quite happy with now. I made the mountains stand out a lot more, decreased the texture on the ground, and gave it less intense colouring. The reason for this is because I do need to still add forests, towns, borders, etc. on the map. I don't want it to be too vibrant. Since I had to make this one from pretty much scratch (except for the shape) I took it upon myself to spruce it up a bit. I doubled the size (however for online purposes, it is still only at 50%), redid all of the rivers so they fell into the scale much better, and added some lakes to make it more interesting.

Again, I'm really open to feedback, it really helps in getting things right. The end product will be twice this size, so that each region can be mapped at a nice resolution to include towns, cities and other neat landmarks. I hope for each region to almost be a standalone map.

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bartmoss
04-05-2010, 09:55 PM
Looks good, and nice coastlines, too.

Diamond
04-05-2010, 09:57 PM
That's very nice. I liked the first one too, but this one is far superior. One thing - do the different colors just represent different general terrain areas, or are the darker greens actual forests? If they are forests, you might try adding some kind of vegetation patterning to make it more obvious. Anyway, it's awesome and the end product will I'm sure be fantastic. Have some rep.

Ascension
04-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Great looking shape and great colors. Well done, there.

Steel General
04-06-2010, 10:16 AM
This is coming along quite nicely.

Kodiak
04-06-2010, 08:03 PM
That's very nice. I liked the first one too, but this one is far superior. One thing - do the different colors just represent different general terrain areas, or are the darker greens actual forests? If they are forests, you might try adding some kind of vegetation patterning to make it more obvious. Anyway, it's awesome and the end product will I'm sure be fantastic. Have some rep.

The colour gradients are meant as representations of the climate - so greens are grasses, yellowish colours plains, browns and oranges are deserts, white is ice, and the greyish greens are tundra.

I'm trying to capture most climate types in one continent for variety, while still keeping it as plausible as I can.

su_liam
04-06-2010, 09:03 PM
By the climate range, I figure this is about 5,600 km north to south? The parallels might run at about a 30 angle to horizontal. The shape makes me think of a petite North America. Cape Cod looks a bit big and the Caribbean seems to be on the wrong side and seems to have acquired a bit of a Mediterranean Complex :). I like it!

I'll try to reputate you.

SkarValidus
04-07-2010, 10:10 PM
Looking very nice. I really like the flow of the continent and it's little islands, they look quite natural (moreso than mine, at least). The variation of climates looks pretty good too, although, like Diamond, I think the forests could be a bit better-signified. I also found one of the textures to be a bit too obvious... I believe it's for the mountains. I can see the edges of the pattern at the north and south ends of that big western Caribbean-looking shape. Anyway, This seems to be coming along nicely, and don't worry too much about signifying names nad towns and such, as you could follow a less traditional style like Tom Cardin's Voradin (LINK: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=7712)