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Menzheim [final-L] by sirinkman by SirInkman Menzheim [final-L] by sirinkman by SirInkman
drawn and painted in Photoshop

This was an unusual commission from Guild Member Chris who commissioned me to create the terrain and city walls of a city called Menzheim.
As I've worked with Chris before on Oasis Suruq I accepted it even though it would lead to an unfinished work.
I'd like to thank Chris for commissioning the original that became this.

After a while I realized that I would just have to finish it with buildings and such.
After a long time working on it I have finally completed it. I'm quite proud of this one.
I wasn't sure what language Menzheim was supposed to be - so I created a faux language to accompany the map and make it fit the title.
These words do have meanings though they are not from any true language but are similar to words in Icelandic, Welsh, Swedish, Finish, Irish, and some others as I referenced those to arrive at the words I created here. I may create an english version, but it will have to wait till later.

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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
So impressive - great to see this kind of professionalism.
Also- thanks for the fave. I appreciate it.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Professional
Thanks Andrew :)
You're quite welcome.
I faved a few more.
Do you plan to share more images from your travels?
I love seeing the landscapes and towns.
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
Pleasure - and yes, more travel photos coming soon.
Thanks so much for the faves - I truly appreciate them.
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demongal Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Are you self-taught or did you receive formal education?
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Professional
Thanks Kelsey :)
I am self taught.
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kokoda39 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Can you post the English translation Please!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional
The english translation has not been completed at this time.
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ichigonyaa Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Can't wait for the English version :)
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Alsalamek Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Great work
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional
Thanks Alsalamek :D
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Animaldrummachine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Amazing. Looks very Gothic.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional
Thanks Tony. :)
Much appreciated.
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Matueuszu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
WOW!!!!!!!!!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional
Thanks Mateusz. :)
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TopplingDominoes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student General Artist
So Beautiful!! :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional
Thank you Chantel. :D
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TopplingDominoes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Student General Artist
All your maps turn out so beautiful!! :) 
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Great map and excellent design.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thanks Paul. :)
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Amazing effort, man. I would've fallen in love with this map when I was still doing a lot of roleplaying games years ago.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thanks OTG. :)
You can still love it now... =P (Razz) 
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Adawan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool. A unique artwork!!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you Adawan. :)
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hentaigrandfather Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Fantastic work, an spectacular map. This is art, my friend :nod:
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you HG. :D
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SachiiA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah man I love this!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you Sacha. :)
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SachiiA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome! :D
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Mearns Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional Filmographer
That is staggering. How long did this take? Did you do multiple revisions, or just go with the flow?
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you Piers. :)
Well, the original commission - landscape,city walls, fields and roads [ minus the buildings, text and some other details] probably took 4 days.
The rest... maybe another week or so. I did actually do some revisions on this one. Normally I just let it flow.
With my work - the more tight and organized it looks, the more likely revisions were done.
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happyswed Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
as a swede many of the names for the places are mutually intelligible to swedish and thats amazing, great faux language
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thanks Willy. :) I was wondering if any of it would be understandable.
That makes me happy that it is. Clap 
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work yet again :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you Daniel. :)
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Adorable!

Your maps are always so crisp and clean, and your colours and fonts so tasteful. Well done, once again!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thank you Ann. :)
I'm semi-obsessive about details. No, I disagree!  Nod  No, I disagree!  Nod  I think I've fainted. 
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Familiar territory. Can't hold it against you!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I love how you give superb depths with such simplicity.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
Thanks Hugo. :)
I've worked on that over this last year, trying to improve it.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks real good, I Love the way you do the crops, simple yet detailed, and I don't mind that they are so close to the wall :D
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
The crops/fields were new to this map. I was trying a new technique with Menzheim.
It seems to work well here.
I tried it in another map [Haerlech] and it didn't work quite as well there though.
It might have been a factor of the 'drawing' style I used.
That Haerlech city map is taking me forever to complete. It's not a commission so I can only work on it in my spare time.
It's over on the Guild site - www.cartographersguild.com/sho…
I had to do a different style of fields after realizing this style wasn't working there.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG you are CRAZY!!! :D

That looks fantastic and I'm very escared to ask how long have you taken to do that map... And here I was thinking I'm obsessed with details.

I think the fiels look very good there as well, but the trees... oh my... they looks fantastic!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional
Oh man, I'm almost embarrassed to say... I think I started that map for the February challenge and wasn't able to complete it in time.
Then I started a new WIP thread to try to complete it. I've work on and off since then - no real solid amounts of time though.
I'd estimate that I've probably put in at least 2 months if not more. No, I disagree!  Rage Waaaah! I think I've fainted.
I am just hoping I can finish before the year ends. That's sad. I never would have thought it would take so long. CURSE YOU! 
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, good luck

Can't wait to see it finished!
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Adviel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
You shouldn't have farmland so close to the wall. There should be at least 50 m clear area in order for bowmen to have clear shot. Plus there should be at least a ditch if not a mote there.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
I created this map based on the clients specs so some things may not be as you would imagine them.
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Adviel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
I'm just saying how medieval fortified cities really were. The map looks great don't get me wrong.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional
No worries Vlad. :)
Sometimes we're asked to do certain stuff that may not seem 'proper' but it is what a client wants.
I am not sure if this city is meant to be realistic to medieval history or not.
I know that it was to be used for a 'Dark Eye' campaign, but I don't know enough about 'The Dark Eye' to know if it's historically based or fantasy based.
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