Great start. I really like the ocean background.
I find some portions of your coastline EXTREMELY interesting and detailed. Can you maybe tell us how did you create it?
Apart from that, I suggest you to change the color of the political borders... that blue is easily mistaken for rivers ;-)
Well Google Maps is one of my most visited sites as a budding cartographer I find there is no greater inspiration than looking at the amazing geography in our own beautiful world! In some cases I tried to get clever and sample some pieces of ambiguous-looking coast-line, but cleaning it up and color-correcting often took longer than just freehand. The whole shape and coast-line of the map was done in Microsoft Paint, which I found easier because it was simplistic and I only wanted to work with 2 colours, in a Bitmap file type so there was no feathering or fading. After I had the shape I just opened it in Photoshop and gave it some colour and texture.
Ha yes, the political borders. Something weird happened during the transition from Paint to Photoshop - haha I will give it some love tomorrow.
Looks awesome! Was it your intent for the map to roughly resemble an upside-down Earth map? I really like that similarity--it gives it a very realistic but also sort of distant and fantastical feel.
I had a river police heart attack looking at this map, but then I took and arrow- I mean, then I realized that those are actually borders. Great map otherwise - the coastlines are cool, I bet those took you a long, long time to create.
Nicely done...I like the landforms/coastlines a lot. I look forward to seeing more.
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