Untitled map for tutorial
I was pretentious enough to write a series of articles in my weblog in spanish (http://retrincos.net) about how I draw my maps. Mostly I did it for the fame and money, but lacking that I also thought it'd be a nice way to organize how I go when drawing maps. Writing a "walk-through" will force me to think about how I do it, and hopefully help me improve.
These are the first "showable" stages of the map. First bare, second with (provisional) names. As you'll see, I've not written real names for the smaller regions, just generic ones ("zone 1", "zone 2" ...). By now I'm concerned with finding a good font and the right combination of colors for it to be easy to read.
The pictures are hi-res JPGs, somewhat compressed and ugly, but they give a good idea of where I'm going to. I don't plan to draw forests or any other elements besides rivers and mountains, but depending on the combination time+energy I could draw them afterwards.
Comments and critique welcome. Thanks in advance.
Vectorized version of the map
I was playing a bit with Inkscape, and this is came out. I vectorized three layers that I had done in Gimp: the continents' borders, the mountains and the rivers. Then I tried several things with them, and this is what I have now.
It's still very far from done, but I'm having a lot of fun. Well, except for Inkscape swallowing all of my 12GB of RAM, which is egregious. I had to restart it from time to time while working on this :-/
Without further ado, here you are. As usual, critiques and comments are welcome.
Another iteration of the vectorial map
I didn't plan to do much with the last map I posted in this thread, but as I had a few ideas for a setting and no map, I decided to apply them.
Here's a small portion of the map, with a lot of names. The little ones in italic are supposed to be the tribes inhabiting those lands, in resemblance of pre-roman maps of Gallaecia that I've seen (like this one). I've tried to follow Diamond's advice about using non-fancy fonts, and using small sizes with space between letters to fill greater surfaces. What do you think?
I'm quite happy with how it's shaping up, but it's lacking something. Maybe some drawing, or something else that's been hand-drawn. I'll have to look for maps in similar styles to see how they're done.
But for now, critiques and comments are, as usual, welcome. Thanks in advance.