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The City of Galastan by Brian-van-Hunsel The City of Galastan by Brian-van-Hunsel
Hand-drawn with microns on A3 paper. The old paper is a stock image (I forgot where I found it ... :( If you should recognize it, please let me know) and the writing at the bottom was done in Photoshop, because my nib pen decided to go blotty on me.

This is the first time I tried to do all this shading and hatching. It turned out better than I had dared to hope, but I'm sure there are many things that I could have done better. Advice is very welcome!

Hope you enjoy :)
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Disthron Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Man, I'm looking for something just like this but in a modern setting. Some really nice work here.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
Thanks! :D
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dunkanmcgregor Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
So awesome!! I think I'm going to use this for one of my D&D adventures!!!
Also I'm going to try to create something with this style. It's going to be the hardest work I've ever done. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
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KronnicK Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
This is so beautiful! The richness of detail and natural feel to the city layout is dumb-striking. You don't often see this kind of care given to a map.
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kylieleane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Writer
I have to say, this is possibly the most inspiring piece of work I have seen in such a long time. I'm just, wow...this is incredible! You are so incredibly talented! It's stunning :D The sheer detail is just staggering. Thank you so much for sharing it and being such a great inspiration. 
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
And this is possibly the kindest comment I've ever had. Thank you! Glad you like it :D
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kylieleane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
You're most welcome :D I very much do like it, you have a really fabulous galley of incredible work! 
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Faerion Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I can't help it but awe at your exquisite piece of art.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thx ;)
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Kapuzki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Magnificent work! the grainy quality, the irregular trace of the pen and the details like the people in the streets and the courtyards make it come alive in all the right ways. Looking forward to more of this and once again congratulations.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thank you very much :D
I have more maps lined up, but not a big city map in this projection.
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dsjkvf Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
It's a pity there's no book for such a beautiful map :)
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Hehe, thanks :)

And actually, a slightly altered version of this was published in a booklet about portals called Kefitzah Haderech. Nice for generating/inspiring portals for roleplaying games.
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Boozybard Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks! :D
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
that's hella cool, good job !
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks :D
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice work! A lot of people think that making such detailed works requires a lot of patience, but personally I find it relaxing :)
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Thank you! It's a bit of both actually. When I'm not sure I know what I'm doing it takes parience. The rest of the time it's the perfect way to zone out. Bit of music in the background and daydreaming ahoy! :D
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, amazing, amazing. I just spent 20 minutes looking at all the little details (and picking my jaw up off the floor). Beautiful work.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thanks!
I hope your jaw's okay? ;)
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll survive. :D
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best I've seen. Period.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thanks, Arsheesh. I appreciate it :D
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DavidWFisher Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay - how much would you charge for a commissioned piece in this style?
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
That depends, I guess. I've never done a commission before, so I'll have to think about it for a bit. I'll send you a pm tomorrow.

And thank you :)
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DavidWFisher Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for considering it.
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Milesian27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Brilliant!
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thx ^^
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually amazing. Beautiful, really.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you :D
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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DWebArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thanks! :)
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justMANGO Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! This is so detailed! I really love traditionally inked maps. They look so natural.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thanks :)
They're my favourites, too. Which is why I do those most.
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GasparNolasco Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, this is some incredible work! Shows great technique and care.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you ^^
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Kay2464 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the perspective of the map, that's what brought me to look at it further. The details of the buildings. It's an amazing job and inspires me to try my hand at hand-drawing maps again!
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Go for it!
The hardest part for me was just forcing myself not to rush anything. I'm actually not that good at drawing things, but going slow really helps a lot.
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Kay2464 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd be hard pressed to believe you don't consider yourself a good at drawing things looking at the map. But that sounds decent. I've never drawn one that looked like that before. I imagine you did the city first, then the surrounding environment to fill in the space?
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I hear that quite often, but I mean it. I think my maps look good, and I'm usually quite proud of them, but allround my skills are not so terrific. I couldn't draw a nice landscape if my life depended on it, and if you were to ask me to do a figure drawing or partrait, I'd prolly deliver a hideous alien ;) I still have quite a lot to learn. I think being good at drawing in general, also helps with producing better maps. Also: I don't like to come across as arrogant ;)

Yep, I did the city first. I first sketched the plateaus and some indication of where the rocks and cliffs were to be. After that the walls on the plateaus' edges, then the smaller buildings. I constantly went back and forth between sketching and inking at this stage. I did not have a completely sketch before inking it. Maybe I should have. After the city prpoer was done, I inked the rocks. The background came last.

And still: I'd say go for it! :D When I did my first map in this style, I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off. That's why I went about it veeeeeery carefully and slowly. Make sure you get the angles right, sketch lightly so you can easily erase the mistakes. And look at old maps. They're a great source of inspiration and know-how. Great examples are city maps bij Braun and Hogenberg, Blaeu, de Witt and Matthäus Merian. Surprise yourself :)
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow: wonderful!! It must have taken a long time with all the places, their details and names! You've done amazing job! I draw maps by hand aswell, but my latest town map from above was nothing when compared to this and especially its perspective view! :worship:
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you :)
The most time-consuming part was getting the perspective (parallel projection actually) right. Most of the names I already knew. It's a place from my old (and rather dull) D&D campaign setting, so the names and conlang are already there. ;)
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can believe that, but the time you spent definately paid off! :)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is an absolute master piece. I have drawn my fair share of hand-made maps and I know how much work this is. Bravo!
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thanks! It was indeed a lot of work. I have no idea how much exactly, because I worked on it on an off for months. Sometimes no more than thirty minutes, sometimes all night. :P
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