The World of Astalon
So I've been working on a world map for my fantasy novel, set in the world of Astalon, on and off for quite a while now. Basically, this is a late middle ages (think late 1400s/early 1500s) setting inhabited by 4 elemental/faery races and humans.
As for the map itself, I have some slight experience with Photoshop but no experience in cartography so I decided to use some of the tutorials posted here. I've gone through 2 changes of style before finally settling on something that felt right, looked good, and was easy to follow step by step: Ascensions Antique-style maps tutorial. In the process of making my own map, obviously I deviated from the tutorial slightly to get something that felt right for my own map. I've changed mountain brushes around 3 times and am currently using some brushes posted here by Quabbe. I've also changed font mid-way. You can see all of that in this album which depicts the progress of my map until now:
Astalon Map Progress - Imgur
I've still got loads to do and my brain is melting a little bit from trying to come up with names for everything but I've attached the current version of my map and will keep you guys updated as things progress.
Regarding the symbols, the star within a circle depicts capital cities, the circle within a circle depicts cities, the small white circles depict towns, and the three small black dots represent major ruins (I still have to add/think of more of those, I've only included the one that features in my book so far). Other things to mention are that there is no major pattern in terms of the colours assigned to the different countries with some exceptions: I used green for Elven territory, grey for uninhabited, and light blue for Undine/water elemental territory. I plan to use a different colour for an inset map I'm going to add later of a floating island (it was there in the corner of some of my previous iterations of this map, shown in imgur)
I might be giving my brain a rest for a few days. In the mean time, I would love to get your opinions and advice! Also, the tutorials posted here are really helpful and great
Sorry about this being hung up for a while. I saw your post in another thread about this awaiting moderation. Cheers!
“When it’s over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best that you were capable of? If so, the score does not matter. But if you find that you did your best you were capable of, you will find it to your liking.” -John Wooden
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Nice map! Though I think a few more time working on some details could make it better : there's some overlapped mountains and the rivers looks pixellated and blurred. Those ones really need some work to look good. I like the clean work on labelling though I'm not a great fan of the font used for cities/towns. In my opinion, this unstructured font doesn't really fit the (nice) other fonts
btw have some rep for that first good work. Keep up the good job
Nice work! Well organized and planned. A few creative touches to details could really enhance this map. 1 suggestion, warp or rotate text to add to the flow of the landscape.
So I decided to take the advice and go back and improve the mountains and rivers. I haven't gotten round to changing the font of the labels and editing some of the country label positions so I'm hiding those. I've attached my current WIP:
I feel that it's better than the previous version. Will update when I do the labelling.
By the way Max, the I downloaded the Old Style Italic font you suggested and it's perfect.