Beautiful work! The compass looks good to my eye... it does pop off the map because of the finer style compared with the painterly strokes of the map-work, and with the way you've shaded it I'm inclined to believe that you meant to do it that way, plus it matches the border detailing. Yep.
A couple of things I'd probably tweak... Hopefully you're not finished with the SE landmasses, especially cleaning up around the bottoms of 'em. And, it could be my screen... your contrast on the map itself (overall, but esp the SE landmasses) appears hazy and indistinct--like a raw photo of the Maine coast in summer. It might be worth your while to use an adjustment layer with a custom mask to shove the contrast a little more into the clear.
Are you going to put anything into the empty, right corner? It might be an interesting place to place the title.
Oh, and one more thing... the shapes of your landmasses are epic.
Here is an update.
Things added and worked on:
-More detail on south east continent
-Added grid and compass directional lines (inspired by some of Max's maps!) which I then proceeded to almost hide lol.
-I finally brought the remaining two border portraits int he bottom right to an acceptable level of finish though I still will likely add touch ups.
-I have started on the legend. I may move those little islands just to the left of it somewhere else, probably a tad west.
-I changed the shape of Maldia to more resemble a dragon, though this may be a little heavy handed. It is inhabited by dragon like humanoids.
-I faintly added some region names to clear in my mind what kind of uncivilized creatures are occupying the unclaimed spaces but I don't want to go crazy with this in fear of "locking" my world in. I may well remove them and you can hardly read them at this resolution anyways.
Things to do:
-Finish land masses, in particular the northern arctic and the south eastern continent. Notably, I am redoing a major river there.
-I may modify the compass more.
-I am not yet finished with the political matters and what details to add.
That is all I can think of for now.
Last edited by Viking; 06-23-2013 at 01:48 AM.
Looks fantastic, especially the small images in the border.
At least I inspired something on this map (even a hidden thing) On a serious note, great job as always!
Thank you Sapiento!
Wow, great map - I wish I cold paint like that. Thanks for posting the WIP images. One day I might try doing something like this.
The dragon head bay and dragon-like body of the SE continent is a bit too fantastic for me, but hey, it's fine if it works for you.
As for the compass, I'd tilt it 22.5 degrees to the right. It will flow in the same direction as your projection then.