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    This map was created for a commission from the mapmaking requests forum. The brief was to create a line art, black and white map that would look good printed at 11" by 17" at 300dpi. The request was for an island and a sketch was provided showing where the different elements needed to go.

    This was a joy to complete and a great chance to pin down a style that I had started to play with on a map for a book. The large format and high resolution of this commission gave me a lot more freedom to play with detail and texturing than a low resolution book map. The basic land forms were laid down and the main features outlined using the in tool. Then rather than going in to colour the map as I would normally do, I went through it texturing the different elements. I am particularly happy with the isometric mountains that feel like they give a proper focal point to the map.

    Thanks to everyone who chipped in with useful comments and encouragement while I was putting this together, and thanks to Nonsequitur for commissioning it!

    Here's the final map at full and web resolutions.

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    Map of Dolmen Isle [commissioned]-island4.jpg

    Web:
    Map of Dolmen Isle [commissioned]-islandsmall.jpg

    Here's the WIP thread:
    [Commission Piece] Map of an Island

    and here's the commission thread:
    [Paid, send PM] Island-Based Campaign Map

    Edit: Maps replaced with new isometric icons after RobA's comment which kept me honest!
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    Most excellent, a stunning example of hand-drawn mapping! Bravo!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel General View Post
    Most excellent, a stunning example of hand-drawn mapping! Bravo!!
    I most assuredly agree! I only hope to one day create such a masterpiece...
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    Post What a beautiful map!

    Hello, torstan.

    It is hard to find the right words to use to describe your map. Delicious comes to mind as does breathtaking, achingly beautiful, exquisite eye candy, detail extrodinare...

    Whatever words one finds, the results will be the same -- you've produced a wonderfully beautiful masterpiece. I can only hope to attain a portion of your skill as I continue my mapping journey.

    Thank you for sharing this beauty.

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    Well I think we've just found the definition of fulsome praise!

    Thanks a lot Vandy and welcome to the site. Thanks also Joe and SG. It's great to have the encouragement of people on this site - and the detailed criticisms that force us to get better.
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    I loved following this in the WIP thread. It has turned out great!

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    Fan freakin tastic...as always big T. Those mountains alone are worth the effort, not to mention the swamp and barrens.
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    Congratulations! And well-deserved.
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    Agreed. It is a most excellent map, and it was fun to watch it evolve.
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