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Award Winner: Cloister Island
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Published: March 10, 2014
© 2014 - 2019 XianPryde
This map just won a contest on ProFantasy.com (www.profantasy.com/rpgmaps/?p=…

I blogged about it here: christian-stiehl.squarespace.c…

This was my process:

Virtually all of this map was hand-drawn in ProCreate on an iPad 3 using an Adonit Touch stylus. There are a few "pattern brushes" in that app which help with things like the the jungle trees and the ocean waves, but everything else is just drawn. The shape of the island and mountains isn't based on anything other than doodling with the idea of a vaguely volcanic tropical island in mind.


The cloister overhead plan was laid out in Adobe Illustrator. It's far larger, sharper, and more detailed in the original file, with many upper floors and basement dungeon levels. The "3D" isometric extrusion of the cloister is actually just faux-3D, a technique I use in Illustrator where I take the overhead plan and rotate, squash, duplicate and move by a certain amount, and then blend. I took a screen shot of that and traced over it in ProCreate.

The last step was to bring it all into Adobe Photoshop, create a "parchment background", lay out the various pieces, and add in the text elements. Then I did save-for-web and picked settings that looked good but kept the resulting file under 2 MB.

The cloister itself is about 300 feet on one axis, making the hypotenuse around 500 feet. Since you can line up 30 of the little cloister images end to end and have them stretch from one side of the island to the other, the island winds up being about 3 miles across.
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Siveir's avatar
Really like that, it's very impressive. And the background story sounds promising ;)
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm also a novelist, and having background characters and settings made it easy to spin up some story elements.
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Siveir's avatar
I know exactly how that works, I'm doing it myself :)
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arsheesh|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats, and great job!
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've enjoyed your maps, both here and over at the non-DA Cartography Guild, for quite a while now.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG's avatar
Very well done! 
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Sapiento|Professional Digital Artist
Excellent.
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! You're one of my inspirations. I've been admiring your work for years.
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Sapiento|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This is something that makes an artist happy. :)
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was a lot of fun to do.
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Your welcome.
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