I tried some things to get a better look of burnt wood, but I decidet to go with the old design instead, because the readability of the letters is better.
The maps I draw are made to be used during games for orientation and information. Therefore information is more important than style. So I left the line art as clear as it was.
Instead I pimped the map with a nice background and border.
And I added the look of the sun god to indicate south.
And I oriented the whole map to south instead of north.
Now I call it finished.
Looks good! But something bothers me with shadows...If the black part (on the left of the wood piece) is intended to be the wood shade, shouldn't be the drop shadow on the left too?
The dark rim on the left is no shadow but the bark on the backside (like at the upper right of the piece).
ah ok it was a bit confusing.