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Ramah
04-13-2010, 07:08 PM
This is a commission piece that I did for Big Iron Vault for their rpg: World of Lykarnia.

The map shows Lykarnia (natch). The brief was to do this map in a similar style to my previous maps, Vaniya and Aronbor, but during the creation I was fiddling with various settings and blend modes and Keith at BIV liked the way it was going and decided to let me run with it, which was cool, giving me a chance to try other things that I wouldn't ordinarily have done.

There aren't many labels on the map at the moment per request. Obviously it would look better if it was packed with lots of nice labelling but Keith at BIV will have the final PSD file so he can add labels as he populates the map more.

This is posted at 50% size. I'm not sure if the full-sized image will be a free download from his site or available only for those who purchase the rpg. You can see several areas from the map at full size in the WIP thread. Keith said in the WIP that he will post notes on the various regions around Lykarnia for background for your own RPG's if you so require. So bug him for those if you'd like them. :)

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I've posted the initial sketch that I worked from for comparison, should anyone be interested. It shows more labels but these weren't required. The label "the marches" has moved to a different area. I think that whole area basically stretches from White City to where it has been placed. Anyway, it was changed on a subsequent image I received showing where the cities and labels needed placing, hence the move.

Fonts in the map are:
Ancestory SF for the cartouche (downloaded from font101.com).
ITC Garamond for the labels on the map. I think this is a standard PS font? Can't remember downloading it.

The textured paper background is from Coyotemax, downloaded from his thread in the mapping elements forum so thanks a lot for that. :)

Thanks to all those who offered advice, thoughts and inspirational comments in the WIP thread. As some know, I had a break in the middle of creating this and the comments in the WIP thread helped create the impetus to get back into it. So thanks for taking the time to comment.

This map is Copyright of Big Iron Vault.

I guess it's now on to the next one... :)

Steel General
04-13-2010, 07:23 PM
Beautiful Job!

basil4j
04-13-2010, 08:05 PM
This is stunning!

Jaxilon
04-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Wow Ramah, that is awesome. I love the dreamy quality. The farms are great, everything is great.. Very nice work!

Reped for sharing.

euio
04-13-2010, 08:53 PM
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Oh my.


That's just awesome.

hardtvoice
04-13-2010, 10:22 PM
Very very nice, I'm impressed.

arsheesh
04-13-2010, 10:58 PM
Wow... just wow. I am awed.

silverhead
04-14-2010, 01:15 AM
This is what I mean with "humiliating newbies" :-) Superb job.

paradox_wanderer
04-14-2010, 01:28 AM
Love it. Simply excellent.

Aenigma
04-14-2010, 05:16 AM
Cool, cooler, the coolest.
Great job on the colouring! And the mountains are simply stunning.
I'd give some rep if I knew how to do that xD (I don't even know if I CAN atm)

BigIronVault
04-14-2010, 06:31 AM
I want to chime in and say that Ramah is a joy to work with, really really professional and I cannot be more happy with the outcome. He has brought to life, a world 20 years in the making and it's more beautiful than I could have imagined.

To learn more about what we're going to do with this map, either follow us on our Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Big-Iron-Vault/185102077525?ref=ts) fan page or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/bigironvault).

I've really gotten attached to this community in the last few months, so I'll definitely be hanging around a lot.

Clercon
04-14-2010, 07:45 AM
I'm just amazed. Really nice map!

Ramah
04-15-2010, 07:05 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments guys. :)

I've edited the initial post with a little more information and the sketch that I worked from for comparison.

GygaxLives
04-15-2010, 12:31 PM
Just incredible. Wow.

BigIronVault
04-15-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments guys. :)

I've edited the initial post with a little more information and the sketch that I worked from for comparison.

LOL GREEEAATTTT now everyone will know how hopeless I am with cartography and art in general! hahaha... (j/k it's pretty cool actually seeing where it came from)

Locution
04-15-2010, 09:37 PM
Ramah, I do not exaggerate when I say this is the single most beautiful map I have ever laid eyes on. I am so jealous I am sick.

Sapiento
04-16-2010, 12:42 AM
Excellent!

Jaxilon
04-16-2010, 02:00 AM
We are glad to have you BigIronVault and are all ecstatic about how well Ramah's work turned out. It is awesome. It will be nice having you stroll through the halls as well.

Oh, I almost forgot: Your map wasn't that bad - I think you might be able to pick up a few tricks here and really make it into something :)

BigIronVault
04-16-2010, 03:25 PM
We are glad to have you BigIronVault and are all ecstatic about how well Ramah's work turned out. It is awesome. It will be nice having you stroll through the halls as well.

Oh, I almost forgot: Your map wasn't that bad - I think you might be able to pick up a few tricks here and really make it into something :)

True enough, but I think that I'll leave the cartography work to Ramah ... :) .... I'll stick to writing RPGs.

torstan
04-16-2010, 05:36 PM
This is really very pretty. I love the interplay of the muted colours with the underlying paper texture. The map and border interaction works very well too, and I'm a total fan of the style you use for your coastal highlights. Lots here to be proud of. This really is very lovely indeed. BIV is lucky to have you!

BigIronVault
04-20-2010, 08:26 AM
I'm busy adding tags to the map right now. :)

Creacore
04-10-2012, 09:11 AM
Good job, i really like it.

Raktus
05-01-2012, 09:37 AM
Amazing considering the sketch on the side

Robulous
05-03-2012, 07:49 AM
Wow, gorgeous map! I love the smoky effect though it does make it a little hard to read.

And I think I'd tell them to avoid calling it something that looks like Leukemia!

RjBeals
05-03-2012, 04:52 PM
Just saw this one - blown away. This is really a work of art. those farms are awesome! well, the whole map is awesome!

Ramah
05-04-2012, 06:21 AM
Heh. Thanks guys. :)

This map is getting pretty old now so this has been a veritable flurry of activity in here.

Moghue
05-04-2012, 11:58 PM
I am extremely jealous of the talent here, I like the comparison from the initial sketch to final product, you did amazing with this.