Greetings from Nethseaar Valihan
Hello to all! It's fantastic to see all the maps that are posted here, and exciting to join in on the creativity.
I am writing a quest-centered novel, in which maps are terribly important. Learning cartography has been enjoyable thus far, and I look forward to all that I have yet to learn. I have experience drawing with pens, so they're my weapon of choice for now.
Some questions for you:
How does one depict sandstone canyons (like the Grand Canyon) without using topography? I may need to reassess my expectations, but if there's a neat trick to it, I'd love to have it.
What symbols do you like to use for forests? Especially rainforests. Do you like to draw each tree individually, or combine the tops into one canopy with many trunks at the bottom?
What's your favorite tutorial for mapping cities? What about for mapping tunnels and tunnel networks beneath cities?
Here's some WIP/concept region maps, open for critique and praise: