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    Wip Althere - Work In Progress

    Hey there,

    Here it is, my first map post. I actually made the map a while back, but I just recently retraced and colored it. I feel a bit stupid right now since I only found out what GIMP was when I was halfway done (I used openCanvas). I guess I'll just use it the next time then.

    This map was made as a reference guide for my story (which is on hold due to my realization that my writing needs some refinement), so I plan on labeling countries and other details later on.

    So far I only have the basic coasts done, and I still have to draw out all the other scenery. If you have any feedback or suggestions, they would be really appreciated.

    Althere - Work In Progress-map-old.png

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    That is some pretty darn fine work so far. I see lots of pirate and high seas potential here

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    Thanks! That's the look I was aiming for; sea travel is very important in this world (according to the fictional history book in my head).

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    Actually, I was looking it over again (I may see about borrowing some of the island shapes at some point, those are hot) and the landmass in the southeast corner seems a tadd out of place, almost like it was tacked on at the last moment. I think it's because it doesn't have the same kind of detail as the rest - every other land area has islands around them, this seems kind of plain in comparison.

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    Holy Archipelago's Batman!

    I think this is a good start and looking forward to seeing where you take it.
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    Calm down boy wonder (sorry, I had too).

    Seriously dude, these are the kind of landmasses i've always strived for but never got. Bravo!

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    Lovely continental shapes. Can you talk us through how you went about making them? It looks like a conversion to vector but I can't be sure.

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    I was actually going to ask the same thing. Can't imagine how to get those interesting edges with any technique other than drawing them by hand. It's a very unique look (don't know if it's realistic or not but I dig it). Looking forward to seeing this map develop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mearrin69 View Post
    I was actually going to ask the same thing. Can't imagine how to get those interesting edges with any technique other than drawing them by hand.
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    Some fractal planet generators will create outlines. Some patience with different seeds may result in one that's interesting.
    For example, here's an output from Mogensen's "planet" program.
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    Thanks for all the comments and feedback, it's really appreciated .

    Actually, I was looking it over again (I may see about borrowing some of the island shapes at some point, those are hot) and the landmass in the southeast corner seems a tadd out of place, almost like it was tacked on at the last moment. I think it's because it doesn't have the same kind of detail as the rest - every other land area has islands around them, this seems kind of plain in comparison.
    Thanks for pointing that out. I added some other islands around it to make it fit a bit better. And you were partially right about it being tacked on at the last minute (though I won't bore you with an explanation).

    Lovely continental shapes. Can you talk us through how you went about making them? It looks like a conversion to vector but I can't be sure.
    I actually drew everything by hand (on paper first, then I edited it digitally). I guess I just got lucky when it came to making the landmasses look nice. When I drew this map (several months ago), I never even knew about all the cool techniques explained on this site (which I'll definitely think of using in the future). Plus I was in school when I did this, so I translated all of my stress into some of the coastlines.

    As to how I did the actual image posted, I just made a layer over my original (scanned) map, traced over the lines, then colored the picture (not much to boast about there).

    Anyways, I'm just wondering what type of scenery would best fit a map like this. I started working on some mountains (Lord of the Rings style-ish), though I'm not too sure if that type would suit it. I figured I'd be careful and ask the master cartographers here than do everything completely wrong.

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