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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:37 pm

Do you guys draw maps for your stories. I know I do and I absolutely love to do it. If I had the time i would draw many of them including geographical ones, but I don't so I only have a continental map and a close up Rovèll en the surrounding areas.
So, here is a place for sharing maps, asking questions, sharing tips etc.  

At any rate I wanted to show you my map. This is a map of Rovèll and the surrounding areas with a close up on Rovèll. Rovèll is pretty much finished now in large details. 

Rovèll Maps
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Post by Call Me Nefret on Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:07 am

I don't usually draw maps, but I might need to for this one, as geography always plays a major part in war. Right now I only know that Erried is north of Orifan and the seer island is way off to the east.
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Post by Sieglinde on Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:17 am

I usually do, but for this story, I'll need city maps for two major cities and I haven't done those before.
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Post by Sophie on Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:53 am

You guys should check out

https://donjon.bin.sh/fantasy/world/ (for world maps)
http://inkwellideas.com/free-tools/random-city-map-generator/ (for city maps)

They're both good starting points and will help you visualise where everything is a little better if you're not good at drawing maps like I'm not.
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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:40 pm

Sophie wrote:They're both good starting points and will help you visualise where everything is a little better if you're not good at drawing maps like I'm not

Practice makes perfect. And I was lucky my boyfriend and a friend of his were more experienced at drawing maps. They made them a lot for their role-plays and explained to me how to draw them. My boyfriend even made a practice map for me to show me how they always did it. 

The links you provided are very useful. I am not good at drawing city maps as well. But I draw my land maps free hand. 

I usually start with a large white sheet of paper and I draw a rough outline. Then I loosely/freely let my hand go over the outline to add more detail to it until I am happy with it. When I am happy about the outline I start working on mountains and rivers. Rivers often flow from mountains and people often live near rivers so I tend to use those for guidelines. Then I tend to determine the scale of the map and perhaps draw a rough outline for certain areas. For the borders of countries I often use natural borders like large rivers and mountains.
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Post by AGradine on Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:29 am

Actually came here to make a thread about map-making this morning and saw that of course there already was one!

Then I was going to ask if anyone knew of any resources for smaller-scale map-making, but then I checked out donjon and found that it had map-generation with a lot of granularity and options for dungeon map-making, and just playing around with it tells me it's going to be a huge help. So thanks for the link!

A big part of the reason I've kept my word-count goal so low is how much I worry I'll have to spend time on map-making, especially for my larger dungeons (a mine and both sections of the titular keep). I have several other locations I'll need to key, but most of the rest I feel I can flesh out without having a map to key first. I'd like to be able to get some of my map-making done in June if possible, but I don't know if I'll have time.

One question I have: for those of you who don't just construct maps but draw them (for inclusion in your manuscripts), are there any tools/software that you use, or do you mostly rely on freehand drawing?

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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:38 pm

AGradine wrote:One question I have: for those of you who don't just construct maps but draw them (for inclusion in your manuscripts), are there any tools/software that you use, or do you mostly rely on freehand drawing?

I rely on freehand drawing, just pencil and paper. I also scale up and down by hand, so I usually have multiple maps of the same size. One with a grid for scaling, one for experimentation (not always though) and one finished version I traced from one of the others.

Good luck on the map making. I am very fond of drawing maps and I would like to do some regional maps eventually.
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