Welcome to the Guild, The Mappiest Place on the Web
and here would be a great place to start.
The Website encouraged me to introduce myself, So that's what I'm doing.
I'm an Australian 35yo male. I've had a love of maps as long as i can remember, many of my friends think i'm mad because of it. I like atlas's, Fantasy Maps, Drawing maps, Maps in computer games and Maps in Role-playing supplements. Honestly the quality of a map in a product can sway me quite heavily.
Since about high school, when I started playing DnD, I've been doodling maps on pen and paper. I wish I still had every map I ever created, just holding my old maps in my hand get's my creative juices going. I used to think i was good at it, but I've seen what some people online can do and now I realise I'm a rank amateur.
But that's why I'm here. I want to get better, I want to make more fantastic and beautiful maps. I especially want to get better at Digital mapping, I've looked at the Tips and hints on this site and I'm now really excited. I could use a hand navigating bout, especially if any of you have any advise on where to start. If there is a 'Beginers start here' section I'd love to know it.
Anyway I've babbled long enough. Hopefully I'll get to know u all soon.
Art Critic = Someone with the Eye of an Artist, Words of a Bard, and the Talent of a Rock.
Please take my critiques as someone who Wishes he had the Talent
Welcome to the Guild !!
Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
Kingdom Of Shendenflar Campaign Setting (WIP)
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Welcome to the Guild Saxon! Sounds like you have definitely found a place to call home. Yup, check out Ravells quickstart guide as Korash suggested. Also get to know the Tutorials section well. Browse through the various tutorials to get a feel for map styles you are interested in trying out, and what software is needed to produce them (probably the majority of people here use Photoshop or GIMP). Next, once you decide to get your feet wet and start a map, post up an WIP thread so as to invite early constructive feedback.