Fun little map Turgenev...
I thought I would try something a bit different. I decided to do a quick and dirty map - basically I didn't want to spend hours or days on the one map. I wanted to do something that was more free form and spontaneous (basically like free form writing but applied to cartography instead). Here's what I came up with.
I drew the island, the mountains, hills and forest outlines with a sharpie marker in less than 5 minutes (on a scrap piece of paper no less). I then scanned it, and then cleaned it up and coloured in it in Photoshop. Then I added the hex grid and then took that map and added it to the scroll. Over all, the whole thing took just under 1 hour to do (give or take 5 minutes).
Here's the original scanned map to give you a better idea of what I started with.
Fun little map Turgenev...
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Thanks guys. While I was away, I didn't get any mapping done so I did this in an attempt to rekindle my cartography fire. I'm now on other projects but I might do something like this again in the future since it was so much fun to do.
In under an hour that is really something. I doubt I'd even have my sketch scanned in that time. :S
I presume you already had that scroll background? Or acquired it? Because if you also created that scroll in PS in that time then I think I'll just uninstall mine. Hehe.
I love these quick and dirty maps and was actually thinking about tossing that out as a challenge idea. I do these as well to re-light my fire but my hand-drawn ones never come out this nice Good stuff, man.
If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)
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Sometimes I get so involved in my maps and I will obsess about the littlest detail until it is just right, I thought of doing this free form just to see what would come up without any sort of planning. Instead of shooting from the hip, I drew from the hip.
I look at this map and I see spots that a part of me wants to change and tweak but I'm resisting the urge and leaving it as is - with blemishes and all. I hope to do a similar exercise again at some point. I guess I should add 'sharpie marker' under the Software Category section under my username. (just kidding)
BTW, Ascension - I had to google the 'Bill Stickers is innocent' bit. It had me LMAO! Hehehehe...
I think a one hour (friends just called surprise their board and coming for that session you've been talking about but never acually did any work for) challange is a good benchmark. Dunno for a full out challange, but as a chanllenge to each other, make a thread where we all dump simple maps. ready to use, with less that an hour taken to make them> Its a resource tool for GMs, or writers needing some new geographical inspiration, a little fun to see just want kind of mini-project or table aid can we come up with with a hour guidline.