So, here's something to occupy my left (drawing) hand for the time being as I blow off the thing I was attempting with flash. This is an attempt at an old-school hand drawn regional map. It's of nowhere in particular, just an eastern seaboard with some mountains.
My goal is to do the whole thing with (yikes) as little automation as possible - no stamped trees, mountains, or cities. It is, so far, entirely in photoshop, using my intuos tablet. I generated the rough draft of the coastlines using the clouds/difference clouds/dodge & burn/posterize method. I then traced the results on the tablet.
This image is 50% of the working resolution, which is a little pixelated for display. Enjoy.
*Also, I need to credit Djekspek for his fine nd efficient tutorial.