This is my first atempt at a "serious" map. My background is more heraldry-oritented than cartography. I don't know if that really comes through on the map.
The software is Fireworks, almost exclusively. The texture for the ocean is a PS filter (I can't remember which, at the moment) and some of the wood textures (for the main continent) are just jpegs loaded off the net. The rest was created in fireworks. This is a great program for hybrid vector/raster images.
Being colorblind, I wanted to create a map that relied more on texture than color to get across some basic geography. So I relied mostly on some of the wood textures from fireworks + manipulation of brightness and contrast + effects filters. The idea is that this map could have been hand-carved rather than drawn or painted. The overall style probably looks like something that could have been made in CC. Hope y'all like it - and please offer constructive ffedback if'n ya don't mind.