I have to agree. You are doing some excellent work here, Max. Very nice mountains. Have some rep.! And thanks for sharing!
Thanks a lot vorropohaiah and Eilathen :) So, new update: Changed colors of base textures and switch to lighter ones (guess it will make labeling easier), added compass and some subtle waves in sea and worked a bit on the coastlines.
Some WIp work on western region (moutains and forests). here's what I've done so far:
Opacity of trees may be increased and I'll redo the three mounts in the forest in the west.
Hi Max, this is looking pretty good. I really like the mountains, and the door in the big mountain nicely fits the style.
I hope I'm right in assuming that you are inviting comments by posting here. If you don't mind me saying, I think the forests look a bit strange. Perhaps if the density of trees changed, so some areas look thicker and others more sparse, and/or if the trees overlapped one another more often. The other comment I have - and you may already be planning to do this yourself - perhaps hide an area of the border where it overlaps the mountains, so it looks like the map is spilling out of the frame.
Otherwise, looking really good - I particularly like the woodcut effect on your coastal waves and the crosshatch near the coasts. Are they done in PS?
Mountain and the forest are the special things for me.
What I had in mind for the forests was to choose a non overlapped style that would fit better with Blaeu's mountain's style (like I did on Provinces of Selen map) but maybe it doesn't work that good due to big areas, I don't know. I'm gonna try to increase opacity and/or add engraving lines style on a bottom layer to see if it's better. I'm not really sure to know how overlap good with this style of forests...
At the start I was planning to erase mountains off the border. And yes waves and crosshatch are made with PS ( first is engraving like pattern, second hand-made brush used with dynamic parameters)
Anyway thanks for the comment.
Nice Job, I like it
Those mountains are awesome. Just beautiful.
Thanks xanuri and Urxed. Im very satisfied of how those brushes works :)