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The planet Carmen. The original sketch was a collab with :iconjandalf: though I did all the digital shiny stuff. Ironically, though I've promised to put up a map to go with my map brushes, I didn't use any of them on this map.

This is... about four and a half hours of work. Maps aren't FAST, guys. And man, all the layers. All the LAYERS.

The theory behind Carmen is that it was colonized by people from India and England, therefore making the names make TOTAL sense except for the ones which we made up before making the map which don't fit the totally logical scheme of Indian mythology and lame humor.

Appears in The Millennium House, my extra bonus Steampunk side comic which is not Between Places which is my main comic. But it's kind of relevant to Between Places being as it's the homeplanet of a couple characters...

Ayep.
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frolloesmeraldalove Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can you make a comission for a map like this
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. :)
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DeMann6654 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Jim: Nice to meet you, Frank. Where are you from?
Frank: ;



-D
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, Mary, I'm glad you asked. I happen to be from Canada. ;)
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TheCourt67 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. Love the bodies of water's names.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! We had fun with that.
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devonsw Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did you do the land masses? I tried your brushes but the set doesn't have land masses just the mountains, trees etc. I need the land more than anything... lol btw, LOVE the seas, it was late at night and it made me laugh. also the only thing worse than maps is FAMILY TREES!!! UGH those go on forever. I swore one branch would end but it didn't.... as for whoever it was that mentioned the different files to manage the layers, You are god to me. I'm going to have to try that! ^_^
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the set doesn't have land masses because I feel making the land is an important part of map making... if I gave people land masses, well, then I might as well just be making the map for them! Obviously the shape of the fantasy world and positioning of things like rivers will probably come into play in the story... so it's up to you to make the map to fit the story or setting. If you want insta-land, or nearly, I suggest checking out a free program called AutoRealm.

Basically, what I did was set my background to white and my foreground to black, and rendered clouds a few times. From that, I used threshold, making this mass of black and white jagged stuff. I used the black to assemble the landforms, going through it and piecing through to make the shapes I wanted. You could also just hand draw a country shape with black on white, and Photoshop it (use Threshold) to make sure that the only colors in there are black and white.

Because this map was a parchment map, I made my seas a beigey brown sort of color and land a lighter shade of about the same color, but you could also use green and blue or whatever color floats your boat.

Anyway, once you have the solid black and white map, make an Alpha channel. Select all, copy, click on the channels tab, make a new alpha layer, then click paste. Go back to the layers tab, fill in your land (or sea) color. Go back to the channel tab and then hold control and left click on the alpha channel. This will select. Go back to the layers, make a new layer, and then hit edit, stroke, and make your stroke a one pixel stroke of whatever color would fit your map. This way you can see the lineart. I usually duplicate this and then give it a bit of a gaussian blur. To get the line effect around the seas, I just expand the selection by 5-10 pixels and stroke it again, generally around five times, a bit more transparent each time.

Then I find a nice parchment texture and put that over it all as an overlay layer, and that's how you get the basic parchment map.

I definitely encourage you to go over to [link] and click the tutorials tab... it'll explain all of these steps in greater detail. ;)

Land is very easy to make though, and quite fun, so good luck to you!

Thanks, by the way. I still have a good giggle over the names.
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devonsw Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay that's cool, for some reason all my land masses that I draw, they always turn out rounded and plain even when I'm trying to make them better than that. But I have or would like to think I have a knack for taking pieces, tearing them apart them putting them back together differently. If there was such a brush. by the time I was done with it, it'd look nothing like it used too... lol but thanks for the advise
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byrdiethemotley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
This is HILARIOUS!
The names of the seas is the best part. XD And it's hard to pick a best part, as it's all so great. I love it.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It is the combined brilliance of two insane minds. ^_^ I certainly think it's one of the most hilarious things I've done, yes.

Thank you very much!
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intermundi Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
:rofl:names
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calthyechild Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like them!
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vertimyst Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Awesome map. I love all the names! ^_^
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, everyone loves all the names. :D
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Purplefire40 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I LOVE how the seas are named for how much fish is in them. :D

Gah, I hear you on the layers upon LAYERS of LAYERS for maps...
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Treyos Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I have to say that I love your ocean (etc.) names. ;)
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks!
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chaosinvert Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm currently working on one that makes me wish maps were never invented...I've been at it for 2 months now O.o This looks great!
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hee. Yeah, I hear you! I have one map like that... I started it a couple months ago... slowly picking away at it... it's wayyy more detailed than this one. x_o

Thanks!
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Warious Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Usedtobefish
Nofish
Bigarfish
lessfish
lotsofish

Seems to be a theme here.....
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's what happens when me and :iconjandalf: are together IRL. Yes indeed, there's a little bit of a theme. >.> Heh heh.
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Wingedworchael Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010   General Artist
:laughing: I was going to be satisfied with the seas, but then I looked at the other names too.

Very pretty map too. ^ ^
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
XD My favorites are Madness, Exclamation Point, and Potatomashire. The sea names amuse me too, of course...

Thank you!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your deviation has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, well, thank you! :hug: I'm glad you liked it!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome.:hug:
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GodFinger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O..o .....my precious...
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
THE PRECIOUS WILL BE OURS!
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GodFinger Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rawr. Nasty hobbits
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
We hates them!
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GodFinger Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
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purenightshade Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
I think my favorite is Usedtobefish Sea. The other seas are good, too, but that's my fave.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well... there USED to be fish. >.> Did you have a look at all the location names? There's fish scattered about in there too. We had a blast naming everything. XD
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purenightshade Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Yeah, I saw those and had me a good giggle.
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Namueh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Awesome work.
The map looks like medieval, but it's really sci-fi, and I like very much the mix. In fact, I use it in my writings. The colors are nice and I like the fonts you've chosen.

The name of the planet is a spanish name. :O

The mix of names is fun and interesting at once. Good work.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, yes, the melting pot of SFF. I consider science fiction and fantasy to be similar enough in genre to simply mix them together as I feel like. I would call the planet neither fantasy or science fiction. It was colonized, making it a science fiction background... and it has magic, making it fantasy... and the story the map goes with is steampunk, which is smackdab in the middle. ;) The genre is speculative fiction and I do with it what I will. I wanted the map to reflect the world and I think I pulled that off.

Always good to meet a fellow genre bender. :D

And yes, so the name of the planet is! It was named well before the origins were written. Apparently it's also a French opera, and Latin for song or chant. Though there are a couple places with Spanish sounding names, so I could always sneak in a few more and add a little bit more to the colonization cultural melting pot.

The names are really the result of sugar combined with previous serious writing. ;) It's interesting indeed! Thank you!
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circusheart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this! The layers of patterns make it super dynamic. It's strange, but my focus is drawn away from the continents and locations.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, that's good. I wanted a pretty, artsy map, since the use was to be fairly small in a comic page--I just posted it here so people could read it, but it was meant to look pretty and mappy at an unreadable size too. It seemed appropriate to make it patterny. :D I can't take full credit for the textures, though. The patterns are thanks to a wonderful texture pack by

:icongingerbreadart:

Glad you like it! :D
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coyotemax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice stuff! And i hear you about layers, though you can never have enough :P I average between 50 and 100 layers when I'm finally done most of mine :D
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No kidding. At least with paintings I can keep my layers under control, but with maps? Eep. With all the places and the textures and the stroke layers going on, the amount of layers just spiral right out of control! Plus the file's print sized too! HUGE file! And I hate merging, what if I change something later?!

XD

Thanks!
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coyotemax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I have a solution for that :)
I've been experimenting with a few ideas. The one working best so far is to use multiple files. For example, file 1 consists of all the background/texture bits (my land and ocean layers tend to run a good dozen layers each to look just right). Once I'm happy, I save that as is, merge the layers, and use that as a basis for file #2. In File 2 I do all the geographic stuff like mountains, forests, etc. Once i'm happy with that and it's saved, I flatten to 2 layers (background and drawn elements) and use those two layers as the bases for file #3 where I label everything, and so on. Then I can use the drawn bits with a masking layer if I need to do any erasing. I can either reload file 2 and make changes, or lasso and move things around for small adjustments. Then when I'm happy, I stuff all the un-merged layers together as one file to give another backup (and that's where you get the 100 or so layers, heh). I've been finding it's easier on the memory too!
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