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    Hi all,

    First of all, thanks for your continued support. Without you guys I wouldn't have been able to reach even this modest level of cartographical proficiency. What I updated here:
    • cleaned up the coastline where necessary
    • added the remaining mountain ranges (the ones to the east)
    • redid the rivers (I hope they look a little less screamy)
    • created some now icons for the cities
    • drew in the roads


    Still to be done:
    • redo the forests (now invisible)
    • shade the mountains
    • tons of little tweaks and additions
    • labeling (I hate labeling. Really. I heartedly hate it. Did I mention I hate labeling?)
    • other stuff I haven't even thought about.


    Below you'll find two images. One with the new mountains and rivers, and another with the cities and roads added to the mix.

    Map of the Twin Kingdoms of Aran and Ilan - Handdrawn-awi_handdrawn_overhaul15.jpg Map of the Twin Kingdoms of Aran and Ilan - Handdrawn-awi_handdrawn_overhaul16.jpg
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    And here's a quick update with a handful of shaded mountains. What do you think? Am I on the right track?

    Map of the Twin Kingdoms of Aran and Ilan - Handdrawn-awi_handdrawn_overhaul17.jpg
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    Well, *I* think you are.

    Looks pretty good to me ^.^
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    OHHHH this looks lovely!! I just love how it still looks like it's round???? Does that make sense?? I love the angle of the map!! Plus, the colours compliment each other so well! Can't wait to see how this turns out

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    It looks great to me! I really like the colors!

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    The shading makes it look fantastic! Definitely the right track!

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    By Lingon
    The shading makes it look fantastic! Definitely the right track!
    Couldn't have said it better!

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    Shading the mountains changes it for the better big time, I agree with the majority.

    But I've got to admit my first incursion on this map was to see how you represented the high plateau next to the big lake. That's because we discussed that in here and I was curious. The steps and waterfalls seem a very cool idea, but... there's a sort of mismatch.


    Zooming in here I can spot a source of mismatch, where one location looks equally level with two different heights. Try this: place your eye on the southern tip lake and follow the image eastwards and south around the ridge to the waterfalls. Then, go back to the lake tip and follow the valley, straight southward to the waterfalls base.
    Map of the Twin Kingdoms of Aran and Ilan - Handdrawn-height_mismatch.png

    Do you see it? I hope it isn't just me...

    I suggest you block the southern tip of the lake from view with a mountain or a couple of hills. If it doesn't sort it, maybe find a way of showing that valley as a steep way down. Anyway, better artists than me might have better tricks.

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    Is the big lake on a plateau between all those mountains? From the way the rivers flow out of it, it seems to be. But that's not clear from the way the map is drawn; I'm not sure if additional shading could make that clearer or if you want to line in a plateau form somehow.

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