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    Post Sarifal - by Schley

    Map (Click to enlarge)

    Created in: Photoshop CS3


    Schley is a professional fantasy cartographer. In this map, produced for Dragon Magazine, he demonstrates the level of his professional skill. I am sure you will all agree that Sarifal is an absolute beauty.

    All the information about the map is helpfully contained in Schley's post explaining it:
    Here's one of my more recent maps done for WotC's 4E Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Anyone familiar with the Moonshae Isles will recognize the area mapped and hopefully will get a kick out of the level of detail I included. The Realmslore article this appears in is titled Sarifal and the author, Brian R. James, did and incredible job fleshing out it's tasty tasty flavor. You can check out his website at

    We also worked jointly on the Cormyr Realmslore article for Dragon a while back and will hopefully be tapped for many more Realmslore articles in the future since we seem to complement each other like peanut butter and chocolate.

    Some of the stylistic choices I made for both this and the Cormyr map were influenced by previos Forgotten Realms cartography. For instance, the heavy use of colored inks and the hill illustration style. Beyond that though I generally tried to shoot for a map that incorporated a high level of detail without becoming busy or confusing. This can be seen in the way I illustrated the submerged features like the reefs where the pallet stays close in value and hue to the color used for the shallow water areas.

    The entire map (Other than the rough provided by the author) was produced in Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom tablet and took about 4 days to complete. Typically I'll flesh out the finished inks and text before working on any color application. The process is actually very similar to the way comics are digitally inked and colored.
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    Post Hi!

    Beautiful Piece of art!

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    Yeah this is great. I would love to see the Palladium Fantasy world mapped like this.

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    Ok, I've looked at some awesome maps on here, but yours REALLY speaks to me. Wow, how great... when I finally get my map going I want it to look like yours. Well done!

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    This is an amazing map. I've been looking at the dragon stuff to get some inspiration. I missed this work. It really "speaks" to me as well. Mainly about how novice I am! :-/
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    this person rocks I hope they redo the entire forgotten realms, these maps are my inspiration to try and make fantasy maps. Schley's map of Cormyr was awesome

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