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Thread: City-Level Mapping - How do you draw harbors?

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    Post City-Level Mapping - How do you draw harbors?

    Port cities & coastal regions are a preference for me, I like the flavor and flexibility of narrative they grant. I have found alot of guidance around the guild for city-level maps, but still can't figure out how to make a good-looking harborfront, quay, wharf, etc.

    How do you draw a waterfront, in whatever style you like to use?

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    Tomalak do a search on harbors, waterfronts, pirates etc here and I bet you will find many examples which will help you out.

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    Community Leader mearrin69's Avatar
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    It depends a lot, of course, on the style of map you are going for. I'll link you to some of my maps which feature harbors.

    Haibianr: Hand-drawn, scanned, colored in PS. The docks aren't really to-scale. Picture 32 of 37 from My maps

    Haibianr docks: Digitally created in PS. This one is a more 'realistic' style and I reckon the docks are pretty well in scale.
    Picture 36 of 37 from My maps

    Tarina: Created by mushing up and painting over satellite imagery. I guess it's the most realistic of all, since it's based on real-world locations in and around Italy.
    Picture 20 of 37 from My maps

    As you can see, the styles are very different. If I can give you any specific tips please let me know.

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