I’ve opened up a new blog that I’m calling, obviously, Coreyartus Cartography. It’s going to be a collection of my mapmaking efforts for the RPGs that I play. I’ve joined the forums at http://www.cartographersguild.com, and my modest Photoshop skills are itching to create. I’ve been looking for a way to delve into my artistic side, and I think the structure of map-making might be what I need.
I’m posting some pics below of what I’ve done thus far. These are just my own works which I’ve adapted from maps in the back of some D&D mods that I’ve DM’d. Isn’t that how it starts? Making maps for your games? I’m really enjoying it.
I did this one because there was no map in the back of the book, and the description was a bit complicated. I needed something because I didn’t want to take the time to draw it on my battle mat with wet erase markers… I printed it out using a program called Posterazor where it segmented it into pieces that I was able to tape together. It turned out to be quite a large map when all was said and done, especially when each square of the grid needed to be an inch big… But it worked! And I’m happy with the process. 🙂
I plan on putting up more of my work as I complete it. the Cartographer’s Guild forums are full of incredible examples of beautiful map work. I recognize many of the posters as cartographers I admire. Their work is incredible and very inspiring. There are so many tutorials for a wide variety of programs. I’ve only been able to scratch the surface of what they offer. Their monthly challenges are fantastic as a resource by themselves…
Do yourself a favor and head over there.
Until next time!