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Chart of  Central Orbani by ElsaKroese Chart of  Central Orbani by ElsaKroese
This is the Map I made for my webcomic :D. I took a while to finish it ( be entirely honest I started over at least 2 times) but I'm actually pretty happy with the result :D. I really enjoy the look of those antique maps, so that was what I was going for. I did scramble and mix a variety of cartography techniques that struck my fancy, so I don't think I could label it as anything other than a fantasy map XD. The cartouche (the thing with the fishes) was a lot of fun to draw too.

All of the map was made in Photoshop, besides the paper texture. Which is a combination of a scan of a handmade sheet of paper and a sheet of ordinary copy paper which I vandalized with tea/coffee and whine (which is always a lot of fun to do, even though I really had to tune the texture down because it was distracting from the actual map).

If you care to see a bit of the process (and the discarded previous versions of this map), I posted some of it on the Cartography guild forum:…

And for those who are interested in reading my webcomic: Spindrift, you can find it at or follow the links in the pages below :D

Spindrift, chapter2 page 83 (no txt version) by ElsaKroese Spindrift, chapter2 page 78 (no txt version) by ElsaKroese Page70-notxtversion by ElsaKroese

I hope you like it! 
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chashio Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Very nice!
RedArtisst Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FeroceFV Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great piece of work, both from a technical and an artistic standpoint. I love how you use representative sketches for climate regions. My only suggestion would be to reduce the opacity of some of the label highlights a bit, so we can see more of the underlying terrain. All in all, this is a particularly good map. I salute your efforts and give you this llama in tribute.
Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool!!
Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Gorgeous map. :D
keight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
This is beautifully done Elsa. It looks very like the antique maps I have enjoyed studying.

I have done some cartography for our old gaming group; and had loads of fun with it when I wasn't wanting to shred it. It taught me a lot.
Disco-Deadpool Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dayum, lol i was making a map for my comic and now i don't know if i feel really inspired or really like if I should give up.

Kinda intimidated by your amazing skills but you make me wanna become so much better than what I am. D; Ugh this is awesome. 
Deniya Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ziet er interessant uit. Ik ben nu ook een beetje een kaart aan het maken voor mijn project. Maar ik hou het maar bij het digitale :p
BrianSaito Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Q: (Hey there) How do you make a map for something that doesn't real (I tried to do it so many times but.....
XianPryde Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love this map. So many elements work really well.

Some thoughts, if you're interested:
1) The rivers are awesome and shaped so realistically. It's hard to get those strange angles looking so real, as you did here, and the fact that rivers often "delta" at the coast is commonly overlooked.
2) I love the touch of having the forests/special vegetation signified by just a few large icons. It's a very different and cool technique that really lets the *type* of tree become the star, rather than the strict borders of the region.
3) The cartouche is fun and impressive. I'm glad you told me you drew it...sometimes I assume that those bits are stock images unless I know better.
4) The texture of the paper is perfectly controlled, showing up just enough to add some grip and tooth to the wide spaces.
5) I might have flipped the direction of the "The Sentinels" text, just to prevent some letters from tipping past 90 degrees into the upside-down territory.
6) The Rhumb lines in the ocean are *slightly* out of control. I always prefer that they be centered on some island or coastal city.
7) Great choices and use of typography.
Lillagon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it.
The detail is great. I like maps too, they can be so interesting. The detail in the key about who its by and for is nice. ^_^

Also, love your art and comic. ^_^
Thank you for it.
pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Available as a print, I assume?  You can add it to the list I want with both your and Charlotte's signature.  :D
Nohcra Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool and authentic looking :)
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