ASDLKJFA;SLDKFJALKDJ OH MY GOD THE DETAILS, THE TOWNS, THE SWAMP, THE KIGHT OF THE ROUND CAVE IN THE CORNER, EVERYTHING!!! -CAPSLOCK ABUSE-
Okay, I think this really deserves a proper thought out comment, so... here we go?
The details are just phenomenal. I love how you not only drew in the locations, but also the way they're actually arranged when you go in and explore them. I love the contrast of places like the Gongaga reactor ruins, Nibelheim, Rocket town, and such are dull and barely there in colour, when compared to places with electricity and reactors. I love how the light of Midgar "can be seen in space", and the close up of Gold Saucer just sparkles like the entertainment district that it is.
(I am just squealing in delight that you have the arch at the entrance of Nibelheim, the slanted rocket in Rocket town, the cables from Corel to Gold Saucer, the tiny lights of Bugenhagen's astronomy in Cosmo Canyon, and basically everything that makes the locations actually recognizable upon inspection)
I love the overall composition of the map as well, how you can easily see all the terrain. Even the subtle slopes and ridges can be seen without being overbearing. Being able to see the shallow waters that connect the two 'halfs' of of the world would have been so useful when playing the same so many years ago! It's kind of amazing that if I take the time to really look for all the locations, i actually can see them on the map when zoomed out. I'm having a blast charting out the adventure route and finding the places as I go.
are you willing to share a fullsize jpg, or at least the close ups of more of locations? like Lucrecia's cave, Fort Condor, the Forgotten City and such?
I feel like there's still so much more to say, but I'm just a little too overwhelmed to come up with the right words! three years of work has definitely been well worth it!