Looks pretty good but I'd also try some thiner diagonal lines to check if it's better or not...
a small update and, mostly a call for help!
i'm trying to do contested borders, though am not that happy with them. this is still a basic impression, which can easily be grunged up etc, though I's to see your opinions regarding these - are the ok? or too clunky? any suggestions to alternatives? please help!
Hey, what program are you using to create this?
and i would also like to know how you did those stripes along coasts.
i actually wrote a small tutorial for this, which can be found hereand i would also like to know how you did those stripes along coasts.
Wow, almost a year since i opened this thread... probably time I try finish this off. Of course that includes pulling a lot of towns/regions/features out of my ass!
well here's an update on the map - stylistically I'm pleased with where it's going, so now its just a matter of adding labels and details. Of note are the hills/mountains which are largely visible in the bottom left, which I'm not entirely happy with but are a step in the right direction - perhaps more translucency and extreme tapering? The cartouche is to get a bit of back-story (most of the nations and domains in the Korachani peninsula were recently united as one, but political events led to their fracturing over a period of scant years).
The second picture is a WIP (of course!) of a more up-to-date map that's more indicative of the style I'm hoping to emulate on my planned Elyden Atlas. I'm working on a set of actions to speed up the process of getting the base map started - as each page of the atlas is to feature common elements, there's no point in designing each from scratch. The page gutter on the left I think is a nice touch and indicative of a part of a greater whole - I can imagine a folio with dozens upon dozens of loose sheets. The Shibboleth map is A3 and I plan on redoing the Korachan map to match the size (or perhaps turn it into a 2-page spread, since it's the empire's capital nation, and detail each of its new regions on a single A3 page in greater detail).
I hope to start full work on the Shibboleth map in the coming weeks.
With regards to the hills in the lower left corner,
I think more transparency would be nice. They
are very narrow and close to the coast. I like how
you did them though, so the presence does add
to the map for sure.
The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.