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The City of Haerlech by Sirinkman [50%] by SirInkman The City of Haerlech by Sirinkman [50%] by SirInkman
Now available on INPRNT - www.inprnt.com/gallery/j.steve…
All hand drawn/painted in PS from a rough pencil sketch

Who would have thought that a simple monthly challenge on the Cartographers Guild would lead me to spend a year or more working on a map.
In early 2015, I joined the February Regular challenge to map an evolving map.
I had started something like 3 or 4 city maps trying to decide what to do.
Ironically Sagemound was one of those sketches.
I chose one and started the challenge with 3 days left. Needles to say I didn't finish by the challenges end.
But I decided to keep it going with a WIP thread. That thread is now over a year old. WIP here - www.cartographersguild.com/sho…
Much thanks to the Guild and the many people there for giving me some great advice, critiques and encouragement while working on this.
I really do appreciate it. I think it lead to this being a better map.
I can really only upload a 50% version as the original was made large to be printed as a poster.

There will be more story and mapping that goes with Haerlech and the Lands of Luma.

Other bits...
Lands of Qaliste [stage1] by sirinkman by SirInkman  Bourmout [frontpage] by SirInkman  Frosthaven [2015] by SirInkman   Sagemound [front] by sirinkman by SirInkman   The Isle of Shab'ra'tan by SirInkman   Menzheim [final-L] by sirinkman by SirInkman
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svenki Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
Amazing
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:iconsirinkman:
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional
Thank you Svenki :)
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:iconstarcave:
Starcave Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Extraordinary map....
Wow.
The water...
The everything.
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:iconsirinkman:
SirInkman Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional
Thanks Omri :)
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:iconstarcave:
Starcave Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
;)
I was thinking. I am still a ways off creating a city map, nevermind creating one this amazing. There is soooooo much to learn. Though I have started one on the guild. (XCali_ Nessa'Mor city map.)
BUT...
I have a knack for creating brushes that are applicable for more classic map styles and higher definition maps alike. So, I was wondering if I can use your waves as inspiration and build a whole set of those kind waves as a brush? I'm all for anything that shaves off time.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Professional
I saw your city map over on the Guild.
As inspiration, absolutely. :)
so long as it is not merely a copy of them, we're good.
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TrueWiseWizard Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Oh god, this is Amazing!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional
Thanks so much Денис :D
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Qoff Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Teach me master!
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:iconsirinkman:
SirInkman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional
I am likely a terrible teacher Maxwell =P (Razz)
Hehe, it is not so hard to do really, but is a very long painstaking process.
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DePassage Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best city map I've ever seen... Wouaow!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Professional
Thanks Patrick :D
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DePassage Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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demongal Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sweetness on a cupcake! This is.... astounding! I am blown away.... Do you use a drawing tablet for these? I mean, the pure dedication and patience alone is admirable... Bravo!!!Wow! Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. 
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Professional
Haha, thanks again Kelsey :D
Yeah, I use a wacom tablet. This would be near impossible to do digitally without one.
It really is one of the most important investments for doing digital art, in my opinion.
It can be even more important than the software you use.
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Shiantu Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Love your maps - somewhere to get lost!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional
Thanks Simon :D
Very much appreciated. :nod:
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EFQ Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Owww  o_O

True Master cartography skills !   MAD SKILLS !  o_O
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Professional
Haha, thank you EFQ :D
I practice the skills every day.
It's a long process toward always trying to improve. ;)
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
Congratulations
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional
Thanks Max :D
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Cool map :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional
Thanks Hannah :)
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Ur welcome :)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
Wow! Great work!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks Erin :D
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Beanjamish Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Really cool. Looks very alive and like it expanded like a real city might have. What would you guess is the population of a place like this, if you have that in mind?
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks Ben :)
It sort of did develop over time, kind of.
It started as an evolving map, so the original smaller town was drawn and then the larger city was drawn after to show the change.
Off the top of my head... no idea. I could maybe guess, but I didn't actually have that planned.
Rough guess - at least 50,000, though probably more. It's pretty dense, with most buildings being multiple floors plus some underground.
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Beanjamish Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, you actually DID organically grow it. That's super rad.
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SilverTox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the well deserved Daily Deviation!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks SilverTox :D
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SilverTox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome SirInkman! :D  By the way I just realized you have a really cool username!
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD. Oddly, this map (and the Isle of Shab'ra'tan in your other bits) reminds me of a location I saw in a dream It was a city along the coast like the City of Haerlech, and off the coast by at least a few miles, was a volcanic isle similar to the Isle of Shab'ra'tan.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Edited Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks Kenneth :D
Well, if the lands in your dreams are anything like these lands... stay  away  from  the  island! It's dangerous.
The city should be mostly safe... but you might not want to ramble around in those graveyards. Strange things have been happening in there. ;)
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
I think most of the similarities are in the layout and appearance of the lands. I don't remember venturing to the island or visiting any graveyards in my dreams. The volcanic island I saw was visible from the city's harbor. The Wealthy class lived further inland where they have the better view, and the buildings all had a kind of Roman or Byzantine look to them (a lot of arches and simple brick walls). Oddly though, I do remember a college being somewhat near the wealthy neighborhood. And in my dream, I was a boy that just moved into a house near the center of town.
And speaking of strange things. Most of the towns population hand small creature companions that aren't unlike Pokemon. You don't capture them and put them in a pokeball, but they each had special abilities involving the elements, and you could battle with them. They were also all made out of crystals. When dead or dying, they revert back to a simple crystal shape. Since I just moved in, I received my first one, and I believe my creature was a phoenix.
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msfowle Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
:happybounce: Super, awesome, fantastic CONGRATS on the well deserved DD, John! :dance: :la: :dalove:
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thank you Mel. :D Nana, look what I have and you dont! :happybounce: Love 
What a thing to wake up to! Awesome. :iconsmile--plz:
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A moste deserved DD!!! Congratz and watch your account skyrocket! :D
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks Hugo :D
I'll keep and eye on that activity.
Hopefully I'll get dizzy from the fast pace. :icongrin--plz:
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rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Congrazzles on the DD :D
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Much thanks Nadya :D
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rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student General Artist
No problem :)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Professional
Thanks Cristina :D
My day is already starting out great :icongrin--plz:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Like I already said, a masterpiece J. Congrats, you leveled up (not that you really need to :D ) A fantastic source of inspiration!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Professional
Thanks Max :)
We inspire each other - I have grown a lot from inspiration from your work. :nod:
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
:)
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just off the charts amazing J!  Quite the artistic achievement.  This will receive an honored place in my inspiration folder as a new standard in excellence for city maps.  In your short time over at the Guild you've really raised the bar for in the craft of fantasy map-making. 

Cheers,
-Tad
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Professional
Thanks Tad. :D Means a lot to me. :nod:
Oh, and an interesting note, as :iconjustmango: pointed out to me - I was inspired by her waves in her Azena map.
And she said she was inspired to do them based on one of your maps. :D The circle of life.
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