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    Wip Sketchy Map Symbols and Magic Circles

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    So, I was unexpectedly busy, blah blah excuses, and I was going to wait until I had finished the circle things too and put them in the same set, but then I realized that was stupid so here they are:
    Sketchy Map Symbols and Magic Circles-sketchbrushespreview_s.jpg
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    I'll get to those creatures; I completely forgot them! Any suggestions for what kinds of creatures? The ones in the example are a hydra, a griffin, and alphyns. And I can't have a set of monsters without a sea dragon, of course.
    Also, sorry to link of deviantART instead of just uploading here, but that way I only have to upload to one place if I change the file....


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    So, I'm working on a new map and a new set of brushes! So far, I'm working on basically the same elements that are in my previous set of brushes, but since I've got a tablet now, they're drawn by hand instead of by mouse! (I think they're a lot better, too.) Right now I'm making the terrain blocks based on Ramah's tutorial which have been really useful, and trying to think of some different building shapes for the little town icons. As soon as I'm done with that, I'll compile the brush set and upload it here.

    Here's what I've got so far:
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    Some other things I think I want to add to this set are some embellishments like the creatures on this traditional map:
    Sketchy Map Symbols and Magic Circles-keluniacloseups.jpg

    I think I'd also like to do a set of the magic circle designs like the one in this map (in the ocean) -
    Sketchy Map Symbols and Magic Circles-keluniamapwip7.jpg
    - and I'm curious to know if anyone would be interested in them or the wonky font I used to make them. (The font could use some changes - there are some ugly symbols in there that just didn't work out and I need to fix them up, and maybe add some more.) I'm also looking at making a more elegant set of symbols (since most of these are very thick and blocky and not all of them match well.)
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    nation704 and Diamond like this.
    North or south or east or west, where to point your shoes...?
    Which direction is the best?
    If the choosing gets confusing, maybe it's the map you're using....

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    StarRaven, these symbols look beautiful! Please, if you have a mind, post the brushes up in the mapping elements section - I'm sure the community would be very grateful!

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    Awesome !! A great addition to anyone's brush collection
    I am the breath of Dragons...The Song of Mountains...The Stories of Rivers....The Heart of Cities.... I am A Cartographer....

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    Very nice. Monsters and beasts and birds and such for decorating would be cool, too.

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    These are delicious.

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    I'm such a flake sometimes. Sorry about the wait. Here's the first bunch! (In the main post, so as not to lose track of everything.)
    North or south or east or west, where to point your shoes...?
    Which direction is the best?
    If the choosing gets confusing, maybe it's the map you're using....

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    I wrote to deviant to, i didnt see city/tower/castle brushes. :/ Did you forget to add them or is it becouse of me?

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    Sifaus - I did! I had some problems at one point and Photoshop crashed, and I forgot to re-add those to the brush set.... I'll have it fixed in a jiffy! Sorry about that!
    North or south or east or west, where to point your shoes...?
    Which direction is the best?
    If the choosing gets confusing, maybe it's the map you're using....

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