After quite a bit of work on my story, something about it just wasn't speaking to me. I decided to go back and revise the names of the countries (which I random-generated before) and that, of course, meant I needed a new map! While I was at it, I also decided to hand-draw a map of the areas I specifically needed for my story. So, I guess this is really the story of two maps...
This is (a bad picture of) the close-up. My scanner hasn't been working properly and my camera doesn't really take very good pictures, but it's the best I could get. I haven't shaded the mountains on this one, either... I'm not quite sure how I should do them. If I just did them in black, I'd lose a lot of detail, and I might have a problem with some of the cities that are located within the mountain's shadows. I also need to figure out a way to ink the roads without making them look like little rivers. I have to say, I'm really proud of those creatures, though. :D I need to put in maybe one or two more.
This is the full map. I'd like to tell you what that box is reserved for, but... honestly, it was just a lot of blank space.I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet. I also need to shade the mountains on this one, but... well, I've just been lazy. I'll get on it.... I'll probably shade them in a lighter color, though, rather than in black.
Wow, both of those are simply fantastic. Beautiful work & repped.
Oohh, now that is just beautiful! I have seen a fair share of antique looking maps, but I really like yours allot StarRaven. The crumpled parchment look is killer, and I dig the hills and trees allot too; looks like they were done with a calligraphy pen. Great job, enjoy some rep.
Diamond - Thank you! :D
Arsheesh - Thank you very much! The "crumpled parchment" is actually just a difference clouds layer embossed and then set to overlay. I usually think I overdo it, but thanks for the compliment! The hills and trees and whatnot (actually, pretty much everything on that map...) were indeed done with one of Photoshop's calligraphy brushes. :) Thanks for noticing!
I love the mountains. I've always preferred this way of making mountains... It looks awesome!. I also like the name of the place :D
The "antique" version is very nice.
Very LotR - looks great in the parchment version. s for the inset - perhaps a good location for a compass, scale or legend. Alternatively you could put a blown up detail of one of the towns there?
Aenigma - Thank you! I prefer this type of mountain too. I've never been able to get a top-down view that shows the mountains in a way that satisfies me.... And thanks... I agonized over the names, haha....
Steel General - Thanks! :D
Torstan - It's funny you should say that! I was thinking of putting in a detail of the city of Zephyra, which is where a great deal of the story takes place. Thank you. :D
I've been meaning to thank you for your brushes again also, StarRaven. I've used them a couple times now to great effect. So thanks! :D
Diamond - Ooh, that's great to hear! I'm glad you found them useful! Might I ask where you used them? I'd love to see.