Wow, you're not kidding about raising the dead...11 months. I like these shapes more, seem more natural.
If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)
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Thank you - I think tracing it into inkscape helped, my original hand drawn map was rather smooth. I hope to be able to produce a map similar in style to http://www.cartographersguild.com/at...5&d=1250351361 out of it, as well as the more technical maps I'm currently making from it.
Originally Posted by Ascension
Didn't realise it's been 11 months since I last posted my map! It's sure been busy - starting new job - losing said job due to GFC - finally graduating from uni, and sending my eldest to school (finally!! wooo!! ahem) - no wonder I've not had much free time.
A blast from the past here - I've attached my January and July Rainfall, Wind Direction, and Ocean Current maps, showing how they influenced the placement of the two cold deserts and the hot desert.
Well, I've finished off the mountain ridges. I've drawn the ridges by hand in inkscape, which has taken a while. I ended up finishing it off on my eeepc after a little incident involving coffee, the keyboard and mouse. It's not that easy to use inkscape at 1200x600 with a touchpad but I think the extra jitter from the touchpad helped with the ridges. I then for a bit of fun used the map to sphere filter in the gimp at 90 degree offsets to see how it looks as a globe, and it's not too bad actually.
Now have the major river systems in. I'm not sure if I'll be adding the minor ones in on this map. The spines of the mountain ranges have been tweaked slightly. I'm not quite sure how to make them feel more like mountains, but they at least look vaguely like ridges. The scale feels slightly off, but I suppose that can be corrected when exporting from inkscape. I need to start "painting" in the biomes and terrain features like hills, canyons, volcanoes etc so I can work out political boundaries.