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Ivorell - Loose ends #2 by Blaidd--Drwg Ivorell - Loose ends #2 by Blaidd--Drwg
Finished an older map. I coloured it, added a few things and corrected some mistakes.

I'm still not entirely happy with the way it turned out, but I'm not quite sure what's causing it.

While I love praise, serious critiques are very welcome :)


Pencils, micron pens, A3 paper, Photoshop CS4.
The background paper is "Old Paper" by Struck_Dumb [link]. Again. Because it's the best one I've found so far =)

EDIT:
I've made a few changes to the original coloured version, which can be found here: [link]

Special thanks to
-ScotlandTom [link]
-jpb06 [link] and
-west2 [link]
for their suggestions.
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:iconamliel:
Ok as i have no idea what kind of kingdom this map shows or what is the story behind it I only will write about the artistic aspects.

When I first saw this map I thought of Middle Earth. Your style is really equal still I have to say prefer yours. I like the fact that everything is clearly lined and that you refrained to much details. Also I think it's great that you used only a few tree symbols inside the woods instead of filling everything out. The same for the water and everything else.
The colouring is great. You used a little shadows which gives the whole landscape kind of a plastic look. I also like the coloured frontiers. Only the colours of the lands around "Cen Heddan" and "Tranto" look a little strange to me - but I can't tell you why. Maybe there's a little to much colour in there.
The shade of the paper used and the marks and spots here and there make it look like it was really an old map. The handwriting is clearly but unique and completes the realistic look.
The only thing that really disturbs me is that you can see the pencils lines on some spots, e.g. aorund the writing "Attavir" or the "River Tirvarelle". Maybe you could have a look and erase that?

All in all this map is an amazing work and really realistic. I wish I could draw a map like this. Great work!
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Senecal Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No serious crit this time. Just a "nicely done!"
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:iconregicollis:
Really nice map. I like the subdued colours and use of texture very much. If the purpose of the map is to get viewers interested in the story it relates to you have succeeded. I'm certainly curious to know the story behind the map.
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:iconblaidd--drwg:
Blaidd--Drwg Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

As for the story ... The map was meant as a prop for a D&D campaign of mine, but it never really happened. Ivorell used to be a kingdom but was torn apart in a civil war. Now there are only a few minor countries fighting over what's left and a number of larger, more powerful states around that try to do the same.
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juhhmi Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, another so detailed and beautifully old-looking map!
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:iconblaidd--drwg:
Blaidd--Drwg Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again :)
For the :+fav:s and watch, too. I really appreciate it.
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:iconjuhhmi:
juhhmi Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconlaurentusvonsenin:
Your overall style is very appealing. Consistency in the different elements is great, only scale of them seems to me a bit too wild, eg city-icons, trees too small, lettering too big.
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crayonmaniac Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
featured in my latest journal because this is so great :hug:
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:iconblaidd--drwg:
Blaidd--Drwg Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heel erg leuk, dank je! :D
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crayonmaniac Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
jij bent bedankt om ons allen te tonen hoe het moet :hug:
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