Hi guys,

I browsed the websites entire map directory and found a couple of maps which I really enjoy the look and feel of a bit more than the others. I'd like to learn to paint like this, so I have questions about both.

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Map 1: I love this map's artistic style, but I have no idea how to replicate it. I'm assuming watercolor brushes in Photoshop or Gimp? Thoughts? Links to tutorials?

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Map 2: Like the first map, I like how the different colors merge into one another. I don't know how to paint, so when I paint 2 similar colors don't blend together well but contrast each other too visibly. I'd like to learn how to color! lol. I like this map and would like to learn the different brushes used and what program it was done it.