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    Map Western Borando

    An attempt of me to make 17th/18th century map. I used old maps as inspiration and tried to copy the elements (mountains, trees, sea waves).

    Done in PS and Illustrator.
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    Nice! Love all the little town-symbols, and the mountains is jawdroppingly good I think it looks a bit like the water is howering over the land, thanks to shadows on land and light on water. But I guess that may just be an optical illusion on my end..

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    Looks great! I'm not sure if I like the water or not, but it's interesting nonetheless. Everything else is simply superb cartography.

    nitpicks: you seem to have an unlabeled village just to the northeast of Gimbia in the hills. Also, the main thing about the water is that the waves appear to be moving away from the shore, not towards it.
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    I've always wanted to do an ocean like that. I think your waves are too pointy so they look taller than the mountains. Flatter strokes there would make them feel lower. The rest is nice, I like the style very much.
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    The water fill pattern is very pretty, if a bit busy in context. However, I've seen quite a few period maps afflicted with this same issue to I'll merely say good work!

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    I really love this. I'm a real sucker for pretty linework and beautiful mountains and your map has that in spades. I love the wave pattern too, but wonder if it might have looked better if the elements were smaller (not sure, it might also make it look too cluttered). Beautiful work as always, Sap!

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    Thank you for the great comments.
    The map I used as inspiration has even greater waves, apparently not unusual for this period. I try to find a link to the original map from where I got the waves.

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    Ya know, more color might make your landmass stand apart from the ocean better, as on the inspiration map. And also the darkness around the coast. I know, it's minor, and at least you've given it a go whereas I have not so I can't really talk, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    Ya know, more color might make your landmass stand apart from the ocean better, as on the inspiration map. And also the darkness around the coast. I know, it's minor, and at least you've given it a go whereas I have not so I can't really talk, I guess.
    I'll give it a try. I guess I should make more WIP threads for my maps.

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    I have added a coloured version in the first post.

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