Monday, 9 February 2009

Map Detail

I started to draw up some of the map's detail onto the boards. For this I've started on the south west of the continent, mainly because this is the area that I have planned out the most in my head due to my writing.

This area will feature at least two provinces of the Vancadian Empire. One of the two area's will be situated on the break away island to the left of the picture and the other will be the land between the coast and mountains located above the island .

Ok blogger dosent seem to be shrinking pictures at the moment and the picture is quite large. So I shall just post the link here.

I am in the process, along with the many other projects and pieces of work I have to do, of designing and creating a website for myself. It is my hope that on there I will be able to have a section dedicated to the lore of Ilicia. In this section I will be putting up an interactive map (most likly done in flash). My thoughts are that the map will start out on the whole world and people can click on various locations which will zoom the map in, each location will have more information about itself as well as more places to zoom in on.

The idea is that as I keep developing this world there will be more and more added to this interactive map. This is essentially where this blog is aiming to take me. Which means as I move from having drawn up and digitised the map the blog will be moving into things such as looking at hope to populate your world. The creation of lore and pivital stories. As well as taking a look from the business side of developing what is a new Intellectual Propperty.

Fun times are ahead

Digitising Maps 2

The second installment in the digitising maps part of this project.

I've added a few textures and effects to the map from the origional. However I am not too sure I am happy with the results, I think it still looks a little lacking. As such I think I will be looking for other techniques for creating cool looking maps in photoshop.

Anyways here is what I have at the moment:

Any tips, advice or comments would be greatly apprechiated =D

Note: I havent done anything to the beaches or mountains. I added a texture to the land to try and give it a feel of grass and I then added an effect to the sea (after sliming down the thickness of the ligher water) to make it ripply.

Friday, 6 February 2009


Greetings all,

I hope you have had a brilliant week so far. Mine has been great, England has had some amazing snow over this past week. The most snow we have seen in 18-20 years, depending on which newspaper you read. So I have been out playing in the snow.

Anyways, I'm just posting up to say I havent forgotten about this blog. It will be continuing. The reason for my 4 month vanishing act is that I have been rather busy. I started my English Degree in September and that has been keeping me occupied so I havent been able to do any more to my map.

However there is some good news. During the past four months I have been working on my photoshop skills and so I feel I am alot better than I was before, as such I'm hoping I will be able to get some really nice results from the digitizing of my maps. Also my understanding of flash has vastly increased. I am hoping to get a website up and running at some point which will have quite a few resourses as well as various bits and bobs relating to what I do.

Unfortunatly, all of this will have to wait for the moment as I get on top of my University work and try to earn some money to pay off University debts. Hopefully I will be able to write up something about that in my writers blog soon, watch this space.

I had better get off as I have 10 poems due in Friday, so technically today, at 4pm. So far I have 1 finished poem and 4 nearly finished. Just another 5 to write...

Keep safe and have fun!