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    Wip April Challenge Entry - Boran's map

    This is my first entry to a challenge, in fact my first post to CG, but I've lurked here for a long time and picked up a number of techniques thanks to the excellent tutorials offered here by very helpful artists.

    I really like the idea of using a fantasy world to market a product (esp. beer) so I'm looking forward to being able to work on something for FBM.

    So I'm starting out with a basic quadranted border and relief map, which I just noticed will have to be toned down for the final product, because satellite relief isn't allowed. I hope to put some cool calligraphy on the right outside of the map area. Not sure if that's allowed, but I'm going for it anyway!
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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
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    Welcome Aboard!

    ... and good to see a "rookie" jump right in on a challenge - good luck to you.
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    Guild Journeyer Zar Peter's Avatar
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    Welcome. And that's a great outline to start with.
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    Guild Artisan Greason Wolfe's Avatar
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    Just as SG said, it's great to see the "noobs" jump right into the thick of things. And it looks like you're off to a fine start.

    When nothing is going right and you can't find someone else to blame, start beating your head against the wall, 'cause it'll feel so much better when you stop.

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    Thanks everyone. I don't know if starting a challenge before posting some maps is the best approach, but I couldn't resist this one. Also, I have been a long-time lover of the art of cartography and I've seen a few really amazing examples of it here. I have been a professional graphic designer for over a decade but I rarely get a chance to be creative in this way.

    I think a fantasy map should have some gold and silver and a dagger, for stabbing orcs while drinking beer.
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    I doubt Boran would make a map without a cold mug at his side. I should probably start adding some actual place names before I run out of time.
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    Map Finished map

    Hmm, looks like I didn't read the rules very carefully and I might be too late with this, but for the sake of posterity here is my mostly finished map. This was fun, wish I had more time to devote to it.

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    calydon... I think you're on to something with the over-sized cities. The entire presentation smacks of a movie poster, which for obvious reasons can be a very good thing.

    One thing I would try in your shoes is putting a three or four-pixel black outer glow on the coins to pull them up off the underlying paper. The background paper could stand a bit of scuffing up as well. No lack of good grunge brushes out there and almost everything you try with weathering achieves a new and interesting effect.
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    Thanks for the kind comments, everyone, and thanks for the tips, Immolate- I will try that out!

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