Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: A Roll of Parchment

  1. #1
      Ghostman is offline
    Guild Adept Ghostman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    415

    Post A Roll of Parchment

    There are plenty of graphics for "scrolls" that you can find, but most of them seem little more than loose sheets of paper or parchment. Before the invention of book binding, large documents weren't just big-ass pieces of paper, they were long scrolls wound around tubes for easier handling. Instead of turning pages, one would roll the tubes on both ends to read further into the document. I find this classical form of scrolls appealing, but couldn't find any free graphics for it. So I decided to do it myself, and came up with a method to create pictures of these rolls in GIMP. Here's one, which I offer for the free use of fellow cartographers.

    A Roll of Parchment-parchment_roll.png

    I'm also planning on writing a tutorial with instructions for making your own parchment roll graphics like this one. Hopefully I can get around to posting it soon.

  2. #2
      NeonKnight is offline
    Community Leader NeonKnight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Surrey, Canada, EH!
    Posts
    5,025
    Daniel the Neon Knight: Campaign Cartographer User

    Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice!

    Any questions on CC3? Post them with CC3 in the Subject Line!
    MY 'FAMOUS' CC3 MAPS: Thunderspire; Pyramid of Shadows; King of the Trollhaunt Warrens; Demon Queen's Enclave

  3. #3
      Ghostman is offline
    Guild Adept Ghostman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    415

    Post

    That's exactly what I meant. Most of those scrolls don't have their ends rolled on tubes, and are from commercial sites asking money for them.

  4. #4
      Nomadic is offline
    Professional Artist Nomadic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    The great northwest
    Posts
    353

    Default

    Very awesome scroll. Just a note though. While large documents were wound around tubes in the form of scrolls, smaller ones were often loose pieces of paper. Instead of being rolled around tubes they were often rolled up by themselves and stuffed into tubes (which were often capped with ornate ends). Sometimes these were combined and smaller scrolls could be placed in these cases as well.
    My Map Portfolio
    -----
    Unless otherwise stated, all my work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

  5. #5
    Guild Novice
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    17

    Post

    My image of scrolls where completely shattered from the small paper wrapped around a dowel when I attended a Simchat Torah celebration a few years back. It is when the last reading in the Torah is read followed quickly by the first. The only way to get from the last passage of a 20+ lb. scroll to the beginning is unwinding from one dowel and winding it back onto another. The whole process took almost an hour.

    One of the things I noticed is that the winding wasn't even. It ended up being wound tighter or looser almost randomly. Also the edges weren't flush with the edges above or below. They would stick out from or disappear under the wrap above it.

  6. #6
      Gandwarf is offline
    Community Leader Gandwarf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    3,025

    Default

    Thanks for making that scroll Ghostman. We can always use more custom stuff.
    Check out my City Designer 3 tutorials. See my fantasy (city) maps in this thread.

    Gandwarf has fallen into shadow...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •