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    Map Part of Varness (first map post)

    Okay, this is my first post here. This map started as a hand drawn map in your most basic Tolkienesque style. I drew it about 15 years ago for a DnD campaign. More recently, I scanned it and decided to play with it a bit to experiment with adding effects to it.

    The scan was black and white and the original drawing was done with a No. 2 pencil on drawing paper. All color, textures, effects, and most of the lettering were added in Photoshop CS2. I used a crinkled paper texture for the background which I thought went well with the original pencil drawing. The colors were done with wet-edge brushes for a watercolor look. The sea areas were intended to look cut out and the color of the sea was originally blue but I decided to change it to a coffee-stain color in keeping with the paper and pencil theme.

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    Welcome to the guild gwynwas. Have some reputation for posting a map and a beautiful one at that. It looks great and has a good fantasy vibe.
    Very courageous to take and old map and fiddle with it some more, especially a 15 year old map.

    I think you made the right choice on the color of the ocean.
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    Very good! have some rep!

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    You'll fit in quite nicely around here. Welcome and great map.
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    Nice update for an old handdrawn. The effects pull off very well. I like all the little bits of story here and there throughout the map.
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    I think it's a unique and fascinating style you've come up with. I think it could benefit from a bit of grungification.

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    Thanks for the comments and input. I don't think I'm going to do anything else with this map, but I'm going to have fun experimenting with the different style found on this forum . . .

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    Simple and eligant, Very detailed yet non-cluttered. THe colors play nice and the ideons make this seem more inplace of a fantasy setting. Nice work, I can only hope that my first completed map turns out so well.

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    Welcome to the Guild, and have some rep for a fantastic map!

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