Hand drawn City Map
Recently I tried to map a fictional city/metropolis I'm setting some stories in, and got frustrated doing it on the computer. I thought it'd be easier doing it in Photoshop or Illustrator, but I found myself getting overwhelmed every time I zoomed out and saw how much space I had left to fill in. At some point, I might go back to it.
In order to get myself thinking straight again, I started hand drawing a new city map. No planning, using a fine point Sharpie pen (no leaking!) so no erasing, and not much thought about what kind of "feel" I want for the city, except narrow winding streets, densely packed buildings, and lots of courtyards. In the map below, there's a coastline in the lower left, an old palace that now serves as a museum and public gardens in the top left, and a temple on a hill as well as the edge of a larger palace/fortification in the top right. The map currently fills 3 sheets of 8.5" x 11" paper; I haven't started the 4th sheet yet, so the lower right rectangle is empty.
Comment/critique as much as you want, but this is honestly just a way for me to unwind while still getting something done. Of course I'm always interested in feedback! At this point I'm not sure I really plan on fixing anything. I do plan on moving back to the computer soon, though, so any feedback will likely go towards that ^-^
EDIT: Just wanted to mention that I stopped drawing in individual buildings, so those large "empty" lots are the result of impatience and will be filled in later.
It looks great, I wish I were able to hand a pen in that way.
My only critique is that most houses look too small as compared with streets' size.
Yeah, the general size of the buildings vs. streets means you lose the labyrinthine/winding narrow street feel a bit I think as if you were to picture yourself standing in the middle of a random street in the city, they would seem fairly spacious.
Thanks! That helps a lot - my biggest problem is determining proper scale and such.