this is a small progress coz i wanted to see how it will go.
For the mao i still need small towns some forests and a lots of labels. Hope getting a japanese felling.
I like the idea of aplying an Brushed feel to the map. Great start!
Its getting a japanese feeling but well, I am sorry to say so, but its a bit of a fake-japanese feel.
I realy dont stick to those psydo-asian Latin Letters, which always looks horrible to me (I am an Asian so I am used to clichees about asian heritage)
try look at 'real' japanese maps and paintings. Or woodcut prints. Also try to paint the mountains with a brush (a real one) and scan them, so you get a real japanese feeling for this kind of maps.
Yes, you are right about the letters, i downloaded like 1 million of fonts trying to get one that i like and in the end i still not found one. Like i said, it is just to see the way that it will get. A lots of things to do in the land.
Looking the map that you posted, its not about the curves of the elements... that vertical names that makes everything different. That boxes with names making the names looking plates saying "welcome to Tokio" give the different felling.
i will keep trying search for a smooth font and try make it more close to a frame.
Withoit the blue, it looks much better in my eyes. also the new fonts are way better than the ones befire
Here i go with some more progress. Was really hard to label all ths citys.
I have 2 friends helping me with some translation to Roumaji and Hiragana, dunno if grammatically it is going right, but is looking nice. Btw i found 2 nice sites where can help if someone wants to do something like this:
Japanese Kanji Dictionary
Kanji Romaji Hiragana Convert
I want to store here what i translated to make sure that i will not lost it follow in this sequence: Roumaji/ English/ Portuguese. For some towns i made some adaptations to not get names with 2/3 words.
Shou's temple - The temple of the little - Templo do Pequeno
Village Yoake - Village of Dawn - Vila da Aurora
Doujou no Kyoudai - Dojo Brothers - Dojo dos Irmãos
Gake Village - Cliffs Vilage - Vila do Penhasco
Chiisama Minato - Small hHarbor - Porto Pequeno
Shi Higashi - East Town - Cidade do Leste
Ai's Temple - Temple of Love - Templo do Amor
Dokuritsu - Independency City - Independencia
Teikoku Toshi - The Imperial City - Cidade Imperial
Minami Sei - South Fortune - Fortuna do Sul
Hatonosu - Pigeons Nest - Ninho dos Pombos
S h i t iairando - City Island - Cidade da Ilha ( edited coz of the word filter block)
Kodoku - City of Looliness - Cidade da Solidão
Chikaku Harbor - Nearby Harbor - Porto Proximo
Ali Village - Village of Ants - Vila das Formigas
Yama Kyuuden - Mointains Palace - Palacio das Montanhas
Chiisana Mura - Small Village - Vila Pequena
Burijj City- Bridge City - Cidade da Ponte
Raisu - City of Rice - Cidade de Arroz
Tochuu - Halfway - Meio Caminho
Dainikyou - Second Bridge - Segunda Ponte
Taiyou Shinden - Sun's sanctuary - Santuario do Sol
Hirogari - Wilderness Town - Cidade Vasta
Joubu Rinku - Upper Link - Elo Alto
Fumoto - Foot Mountain Village - Pé da Montanha
Engan - Coastal Village - Litoranea
Sakura Harbor - Cherries Harbor - Porto das cerejas
tamashii Sanctuary - Souls Sanctuary- Igreja das almas
Kokkyou Kawa - River Side - Beira Rio
Murakage - Citadel of Shadows - Cidadela das Sombras
Rakuen - Paradise - Paraiso
Kitarizoto - North Resort - Estancia Norte
Harisaki - The Needle Tip - Ponta de Agulha
Seinaru Kougen - Holy Plateau - Chapada Santa
Koufu - Miners village - Mineiros
Saikousai Temple - Supreme Temple - Templo Supremo
Ataishi - Valent Sity - Cidade Valente
Ooba zou - The statue of God Oba - Estauta de Oba
Sakura Sora - Sakuradite
The text in lower right side:
The Mines have a very special ore, Sakuradite. Used in forges for weapons are able to create a league almost unbreakable. In the West a mineral with similar properties is used as focus magic. The difference between the two ores are basically, the Mantis is used as the magic and Sakuradite is used in metal alloy.
They aren't exactly keys, are just some observations about the clans and family in a map that will work like a picture in a frame. Compared with other maps that i found, didn't found many cartouches. I will not use keys cos the towns i draw representing the real form of the city, will not put this type of description, but i will think about it, since i am still working in how i will name the rivers and calculating the scale from my original map.
But i am thinking in not use a cartouche and i am not understanding the "randomly" that you said.
I am thinking in put a wooden frame outside the black space, but honestly dunno how to do it and how to start, almost asking to Bogie give me a idea. About name some areas, like give names for mountains, still cant find a type that fits with the plates that i used in towns, anything wrong if i just skip this and not name the places?
PS: 3 pictures and nobody saw the typos in FAMILYS lol