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    Map Principal Areas of Interest in an especially boring location

    This was fun. Hand drawn with an old quill-type lettering pen and india ink on printer paper (8.5 x 11 inches). I may be done with it... at least I've run out of steam for the meantime and I'm horribly busy with tons of other things to do. Been working on a commission for almost three weeks now and it just felt good to take an evening off.

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    Nice one Chashio. Certainly looks like it was fun to draw.
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    Here's another fun little map that I couldn't bring myself to put in its own thread but wanted to share for your amusement. It's pencil on note paper (4 x 5 inches-ish).

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    Made my day, thanks for putting a smile on my face
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    You know what, I am going to turn this into my dumping-place-for-random-map-style-experiments thread, because I really don't want to start a new thread for each little scrap of paper with slightly off-kilter mapping scribbles on them. So hang on to your britches, people.

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    Oops, I forgot. This one's on the back of an old business card. Sort of.
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    Indeed, i did the same. Better to collect stuff than having to many unfunished WIPs and Tests.
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    I find when I participate in monthly challenges, that's when I do most of my experiments. I really don't doodle small maps on my own as experiments (at least not in 10 years). In fact regarding hand-drawn maps, I tend to avoid letter size and smaller pieces of paper because of the lack of space to draw larger areas, and I find the pen lines too thick at that scale. I prefer hand-drawing to nothing smaller than an 18" x 24" piece of paper, and more often 24" x 36" and larger. Of course, because I have access to large format scanners (42" wide by any reasonable length), drawing on large sheets makes more sense for me.

    Really, I trust my hand-drawing skills enough, and my cartography/geology/geography knowledge well enough, that I often experiment on a map intended to be a finished piece as a professional commission or for a map I intend to publish myself. I don't doodle, I generally only work on maps that I intend to be finished and used - not put in some doodle pile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    ... I often experiment on a map intended to be a finished piece as a professional commission or for a map I intend to publish myself. I don't doodle, I generally only work on maps that I intend to be finished and used - not put in some doodle pile.
    All of my maps are experiments of a sort, whether they end up as finished commissions, portfolio pieces, or remain as just a small test in my files that I can pull out as examples for later reference.

    I would like to maybe publish some maps at some point, but I'm not really sure of the best way to go about it or what types of maps people would find useful, or even if my style of maps would be useful to more than one or two people. I don't play games and many of my commissioned maps are intended for books or story development, so I don't really know what gamers are using.

    Do you have any suggestions you could offer from your own experience, Gamerprinter? Or anyone else for that matter? Has this come up in discussion before, for people looking to get into publishing their maps for broad use? If not, maybe we could start a new thread for it in General Discussions or ? where the experienced could offer advice and possibilities, etc, and the newbies could ask questions. I for one would like to learn more.
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    Nice drawings! I especially liked that first one. It has tons of texture.
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    A couple of sketchbook maps I drew this morning during breakfast. Both of them are pencil on paper that have been photographed with likely the poorest quality phone camera in use today and fiddled with in photoshop. That's actually a good way to start a map; I've done it more than once before.

    The only thing that didn't originate as pencil is the red mark in the corner of the oriental-esk one, which I happily made up on the spot. It's partially based off of an anchor. I'm definitely going to do a future map based off the oriental-esk style... I like that one quite a bit. The other one is simply play, eventually I'll draw something in a style somewhere between a panorama and a Redwall map. Yep, that'll be fun too.

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