A map I've been working on for a couple of days. There's no real story behind this, just for fun & practise. I based the general landscape of this map on the northmost of the Shetlandislands and a part of the one closest (Unst & Yell, hence the name Elynulst, which is an anagram). I wanted some practise with realistic height differences, and this seemed like a good idea to get it. The coastline, hills, rivers and most lakes are based on the original islands. The rest was filled in by me. (The original islands have virtually no forest, and just grasslands seemed like too little variation for me).
I've tried a new method to create the villages. Although not entirely realistic, I feel like they fit in with the rest of the map. Tell me what you think.
Also a little warning: it's a very big map.
I really like the colors - the sand-colored text really fits well, the muted greens and browns blend nicely and the ocean blues are nice, too. The land itself looks a lil bumpy with all that roughness so maybe if you could throw some solid color over some places to denote plains or something, shrug, I dunno just something to smooth things out a bit. The forests could stand to be a lil darker and muted like the land colors. The towns get lost in the roughness of the land so maybe a gray or brown or terra cotta color there instead of the sand color. This sounds like a lot of nitpicking and, yes, I suppose so, but I really do like what you have going on here...just some tweaks is all I'm suggesting. If you left it like this forever because you like it this way then I'd say "Good enough for me" Know that I just might be taking this and doing something of my own down the line cuz I really like your colors and some of that roughness.
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Thanks . I think I'll keep this map as it is (for now ), but I will certainly keep your advice in mind for the next one. Thanks for taking the time to look at it and critique.
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Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
Nice map, I like the little cities you made. I'll have to try that myself.
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Really nice map and great bit of work. Thanks for sharing !
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