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Hidroth Lea by arsheesh Hidroth Lea by arsheesh
To look at the town now it’s hard to imagine the humble beginnings from whence she came. Only a generation ago Hidroth Lea was no more than a wayside stop for herders and the occasional merchant. So little was Hidroth Lea’s import in the northerlands that it did not even show up on any of the maps of Caldoranth. Yet in my lifetime I have witnessed the rebirth of our town! Hidroth Lea is a rising star within Caldoranth, and very soon we shall take our seat along side Endrell and Etobran as one of the most important trade cities within the northern reaches.

—Atherlend Hidroth, Count of Hidroth Lea


Hello everyone. This is a finished version of my entry from last month's challenge at the Cartographers Guild. My partner for this challenge was Jaxilon, who commissioned me to do a town map with a river. Since the details were left open I decided to map Hidroth Lea, the town that a campaign I ran several years ago centered around. I was thinking that I may wish to run another campaign based out of this town so the challenge provided me the opportunity to map it.

I probably put over 50 hours into this, and the final layer count was well over 500, which makes this the most involved project I've worked on to date. I learned a lot making this map and got to try out some new techniques. It was heaps of fun, and I'm really happy with the result.

Credit where credit is due. I took a lot of inspiration from other artists here and at the Cartographers Guild. In particular a2area's Sheinar and Pasis's J.B. Springs have long been among my favorite maps, and I've poured over them many a time. I also took inspiration from some of Max and J. Edwards town/city maps. The technique I used for creating the houses was a variation of Pasis's method.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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Lanerso Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
Awesome job!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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crow5derlock Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gotta say this is an impressive city, reminds me of the first baulders gate game.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much Crow.  It took me quite some time to complete and I'm rather pleased with the result.

Cheers,
-Tad
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heruca Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the style of this map. I am in awe of your work. Kudos!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much heruca :)
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abellius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Thanks for sharing. Looks very good.

However, from a critique perspective, there is a lot of empty green space in your walled town. I figured real estate in a walled town would be a premium.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good point abellius.  So in my campaign the wall had just recently completed (about 5 years ago).  The town was originally much smaller, but has been expanding rapidly as a result of being located on a recently opened up trade route.  So while there currently is a bit more green space, the town will begin subdividing lots quickly as it expands (you can already see some places where this is already happening.  Thanks for your input.
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abellius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Fair enough.
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work. Love it.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly MTCarpenter :)
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Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Thanks for the large version, makes it even more useful!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You bet Bogie, I hope it serves you well :)
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GammaWhisp Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Amazing work!

 
with 500 layers my pc would have crashed ;) 
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks GammaWhisp, my old computer wouldn't have been able to handle it either.  Good thing I recently upgraded.
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sargon5379 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Excellent detail with a great layout.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much!
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Martynes9N Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist
Awesome, keep up the good work (goes on watching you :D)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
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hero339 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
incredible
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so.
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Very cool.
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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destroyerz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, I love this "satellite map" :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional
One of my favorite maps of 2015-16. You did such a a great job on this. :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm honored to make your favorites list J.  I've found your maps topping my favorites list on multiple occasions :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional
As I see more and more of your hand drawn work, that same sentiment seems true with your work as well. :D
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the general direction I'm moving with my artwork.  There was a time many moons ago when I used to draw all the time.  For a variety of reasons I stopped.  But I'm in a season of life now where it makes sense to take up the pencil (and the stylus) again.  It's sort of like reconnecting with a long-lost friend :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2016  Professional
Oddly, that mirrors my experiences to some extent.
I was married for many years and working a lot and drawing slipped for a long while.
Sadly, and ironically, divorce brought it all back around and now I draw all the time.
Life is a strange and fickle friend. :D

Your realistic work is a wonder on its own, but I really like your hand drawn work most.
First thing that came to mind was the NIMH map. :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That it is.  I'm sorry to here about the death of your marriage.  Selfishly though I'm glad to now be able to enjoy your art.
Well, here's to silver linings and second chances ;)

Thanks J.  I'm in the process of working my way through drawing fundamentals (something I've never really done).
While I love working on maps, I do also want to branch out and develop a body of (non-map) fantasy & sci-fi work as well.
I'd love to one day be a professional illustrator.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional
Yeah, it's sad in one regard but it opened my life back up to what I had wanted it to be.
I guess some matches just don't work, though we were seemingly happy for 15 years and the divorce was out of the blue.
Very confusing. She never gave me any explanation either which was cruel. Nuff said though. ;)

I did the same thing. Went back to core basics - light and shadow, volume, color, etc. It helped a lot.
I was starting to do some speed painting/speed drawing for a bit and that was helping but work got in the way of that little study.
It was really starting to help with knocking out perspective drawings quicker.

I think all the skill and potential is there Tad. It's usually more about risk/gambling on your own potential.
It is a big risk. It helps to have some money saved up too.
But it's remarkable what you can achieve when you leave yourself no escape route. :D
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey sorry for the really late reply J, my wife and I have been out of town visiting family and I've not really had much time to check in recently.

Ugh, that sounds just miserable.  15 years is a substantial amount of time.  I'm sure that must have been incredibly painful and difficult for you.  I'm sorry.

But, it's been really inspiring watching your artistic development at any rate.  Your early maps were marvelous and you have just been getting consistently better over time.  I'm also gobsmacked by how fast your output is.  I think my own work is good (though there is plenty of room for improvement), but I certainly haven't reached the level where I can put out quality work in a short amount of time.  This may be a matter of just needing more practice - after all, my drawing/rendering skills are still pretty rusty.  But I'm committed to seeing this through at any rate.  And thanks for the encouragement man, I appreciate your vote of confidence :)
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The level of detail you put into your work is jaw-dropping. 50+ hours and 500 layers?!
I can literally play count the sheep with this. Astounding!!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words Realmwright.  It certainly was a labor of love. 
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What can I say? I'm an enamored cartophile. At least there's a guild for folks like us :)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly how you feel Realmwright :)
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