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    Wip First map, unnamed Fantasy.

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    Any comments and criticisms greatly appreciated


    This is my first map. It is a fantasy land that I hopefully will eventually get round to writing a story in.
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    Still a work in progress and any advice would be appreciated.

    I am now working on the mountain range.
    i have the mountain ridges drawn on as a guideline like so:
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    But I need advice on how best to represent them for the finished piece.
    I want the sort of precision that i have now but it doesnt look right for a fantasy old style map where they wouldnt be able to look down from over the top, and the mountains dont look particularly imposing like that.
    Thanks.
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    Nice, so far.

    Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbgibson View Post
    Nice, so far.

    Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?
    http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...ght=ridgelines

    I found this, and it seems to be what I'm after perhaps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbgibson View Post
    Nice, so far.

    Some Guildsman has done a tutorial on making mountains starting with the ridgelines. It's a pictorial / handdrawn style that might mesh with your intent. Sorry, I can't recall who - a search using "ridgelines" and "hand drawn mountains" might net you something. Anybody else remember the one I'm talking about?
    Nothing much came up when I did that, but i have a reasonable idea of what i want to do now. Something halfway between icons and realistic top down mountains.

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    This is how i decided to do the mountains. Thoughts?

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    I like the new mountains and think it matches, but then again I am a novice. lol

    I love the colors as well. So I'm going to rep you.
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    Thanks for the Rep, Alex.

    I've put all the mountains and hills where i want them now, and touched them up a bit.
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    Comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated.

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    Nice map! You'll probably get rid of them, but I really like the sketchy outlines -- gives a real rough sort of feel to it that I find very appealing.

    Geography note: most of your lakes have no apparent drainage to the ocean. Not impossible, but most lakes drain via a river that leads out to the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barsoomcore View Post
    Nice map! You'll probably get rid of them, but I really like the sketchy outlines -- gives a real rough sort of feel to it that I find very appealing.

    Geography note: most of your lakes have no apparent drainage to the ocean. Not impossible, but most lakes drain via a river that leads out to the ocean.
    Oh no i plan to keep to sketchy outlines. I'll add draining rivers to some of the lakes.

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