[WIP]My first continent map
I've been lurking on this forum for a while and I've read up on a lot of the tutorials. So far I've seen a lot of really good advice and I thought I would try my hand at map making.
The map I've been working on is a continent map. It is black and white and was initially hand drawn and scanned. I've been working on it in GIMP and I've had some success.
Now, I'm not very good with GIMP, but I know how to do all of the following:
- Add/Delete layers
- Show/hide layers
- Move layers up/down
- Select colors for the brushes
- Use the pencil
- Use the paint brush
- Zoom in/out
- Change brush size
That's it. That is the sum total of my image editor knowledge. I only list that so that you can get an idea of where my skill is with image editors.
I've posted this map to ask for advice on what to do with it. It's clear that it needs more, but I'm not sure what else it needs.
I'm planning on adding a glacial region to the top of the map, but I'm at a loss for how to draw that in black and white.
Do you have any advice for what to add/how to improve on what I've already drawn?
Last edited by James Mason; 11-06-2013 at 08:32 PM.
Do you have a tablet for drawing, or are using a mouse, or planning to hand draw/scan and composite in GIMP?
I've been using a mouse. The initial sketch was hand drawn and then scanned. After scanning, I imported it into GIMP and began tracing/editing/re-doing all of the map elements in different layers. What you see in the image contains none of the original scan, though some elements are traced from it almost line for line.
Originally Posted by RobA
My process has been pretty simple because I'm limited in ability and lacking in talent:
1)Hand draw image
3)Create a layer for each map element i.e. mountains, deserts, land, forests
4)Trace/add elements from original to other layers
I have a 'drawing tablet' that I got off of Woot, but it turned out to be total garbage that crashes more often than it works. Since then, the mouse actually hasn't worked that bad for me.
My goals with the map are to:
1)Make it look nicer
2)add glacial region to the north
3)add roads and railroads
Not really worried about #4 because it seems waaaaay beyond what I can do right now, but I can dream =)
Just keep working on your map and continue to get to know how to work with GIMP, and all the things that you want to add to your maps will come with time and practice. Definitely continue to dream because if you don't have a dream than you wont have anything to work towards.
I thought this would be a good time for an update.
I started colorizing the map. I skipped to this step after a bit of research into drawing arctic lands. I decided that is not feasible to do it without color. So I started with the most natural place to begin adding color: the water.
The water isn't done yet. Far from it. But I do think it's a good start, and I'm pretty happy with how the lakes turned out. If you haven't seen a lot of lakes you may disagree with the color choice.
A few other style choices with this map. Mountains are done that way to preserve the hand drawn quality, I'm rather found of it. Trees are drawn as forests because that is how we see forests, not as a collection of copy and pasted trees.
I'm learning a lot about GIMP. I just learned about the 'burn' and 'smudge' tools, though I don't have much of a use for the former. It really seems that managing opacity correctly makes that tool redundant. The smudge tool is ten kinds of awesome though.
Looking good. I use gimp and I agree about the burn tool.
I can't wait to see this map take shape. Please post more soon.
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