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    If labels are a problem, why not do something in a language not found on Earth: eg. runes, obscure scratches, hieroglyphs etc. Just a thought.

    Also, here's my two cents on the map. Foremost might be right about adding a few details to 'spruce it up.' But if you didn't want to do that, maybe you could really try to make it look like a forsaken and forlorn land, perhaps slightly melancholy, like a place that has been abandoned or lost, with winds howling over empty dunes. To achieve this effect, I think you could aim to add as few details as possible. The map already works well in this way, but could still be enhanced further. What d'you think?

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    That's actually where I was going with it. The details I add are mostly to the land. Adding white and a slight concavity to show the salt flats, dried rivers, cracked lands, dunes and bare mountains, etc. I might pull the town's label off or just mark it 'ruins'. I also have an idea for the lat/long lines that I'm working on. I think it's turning out nicely, but I'm not quite done with it yet.

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    Alright. I'm happy with the lat/long lines at the moment. Now for the real question... what's everyone else think?

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    Cool idea - gives the whole piece a lot mappier feeling - but maybe make them a little thinner ...

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    Wouldn't lines of latitude and longitude be straight?
    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.

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    Well my goal with them was to use them to follow the ground and lat/long lines. Technically they should be straight and, I believe, one of the previous images shows them as such; however, I felt it looked a little bland and not quite in keeping with the image. So, instead, I decided to have them follow contours so as to show where those lines would lay on the ground rather than a more ethereal/sky approach. The lines probably aren't perfect, but I tried to do the best I was able to since I had to do it all by hand. In the future, if I had to do it all again, I would plan those lines out in advance.

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    Alright, after a bit of debate with a friend of mine, I decided to do the center line straight and use a bit of overlay to add to the lights and shadows to give it 'height' as well as a bit of eraser action. With that said, I think I have sufficiently beat this dead horse into submission.

    *edit* I lied... I had to touch it a little more.
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