@ Generalhead : that's probably true, I gave the map a slightly more light :)
@Whing : Nothing was really fixed at the beginning. I started to draw the overall shape then put reliefs. Regarding reliefs, I added rivers. Names came at the last, invented while making the map.
@ Whing and Lingon : True, a layer was missing (hidden) :D As for the grid, this wasn't intended as a latitudes/longitudes grid but rather as a four-figure grid reference.
Ok, the grid makes more sense then. Personally, I'd have gone for normal lat's and long's, but… whatever :D Lakes are looking better now!
I think my only criticism so far is that I don't like the lack of definition between the outer gray border and the map itself. To me, it's too soft.
Thanks for the answers - Max - !
I agree with Diamond. I would see something more strong as a transition between the map and its border.
I agree, I'm not fully satisfied about that soft transition, I'll fix it.
Wow, this map is really dark looking...
I like it :) however it seems to look at little grainy in the bottom right corner. Maybe it's just that color.
It definitely looks better lightened up, great job.
I love the way you labeled all of the territories.
This is brilliant!
I love the way you play with textures, light and everything.
It's amazing to see how you master the techniques, whatever the style you use. You were born to be a cartographer, no doubt to me ;)
Great work, keep them coming !
Thanks much! Attached is an update (actually not that much but well...) with sharpened grey outer border and the two base sidemaps added
@fm : yep that's the combination of texturing/color work in this area; For some reasons i like the feel it has :)
@Dain : hehe thanks much...Though I wonder why I wasted my tima way from it for long years :D
MUCH better with that sharp border.
What are the side maps going to represent?