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Azuline Falls: The Shelves of Arlath
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Published: September 10, 2014
This map was the winning entry for the August 2014 monthly challenge over at cartographersguild.com

The challenge: take an existing image or photograph and then map that location, including all the areas around that cannot be seen in the image itself. Thus, you are to imagine and create the parts of the location that are "around the bend" from what you can see in the original image.

I chose a photo of an interesting double waterfall with a footbridge in between, somewhere in a mountainous and forested setting. I kept myself in the dark as to where the location was, and created everything you see here based solely on the photograph itself (I have since learned where it is, and now I'd like to go there!). I did some bootstrapping measurements and back-of-the-envelope calculations to set the dimensions, created an overhead layout in Adobe Illustrator, then drew just about everything you see by hand, digitally in ProCreate on the iPad. I use an Adonit Jot Touch stylus. The final step was to bring the map into Photoshop for the application of labels and text elements.
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MCsaurus's avatar
Whoa.

Awesome fantasy place you draw, I think I like it.
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks very much
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I am searching for an illustration of a fantasy map something like this with the added dimension.  If you are interested in hearing about this project you can reach me at bob@vanguardmanagementgroup.com or call 813-930-8036.308 (leave message if I do not pick up).  Excellent depth and dimension.

If you are not interested and you know of some others able to provide similar dimension, I would appreciate a link or contact info.  Thank you, bob
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words.

And sure, I'll send you an email and we can talk about your mapping needs.
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DarthAsparagusHobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a pretty cool contest. Do you plan to post a B&W version as well? I could see your line art really standing by itself as well.
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
I could certainly post a black and white version. I usually keep the line art completely separate from the colors, as you can tell.
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chashioProfessional General Artist
It's a good map :) and a well-earned compass. What is the location of the waterfall you used?
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
I didn't know it until after I'd drawn the map, but it's Multnomah Falls near Portland, Oregon.
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chashioProfessional General Artist
Cool. It's fun seeing what happened with your version and then looking at the other place.
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zorgotronHobbyist General Artist
The concept of the map (and of the location) is very charming. Like it a lot :)
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks very much.
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Spectacular! I love the angle and the concept. Well done!
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm crazy about isometric perspective maps and how much more "real" they feel than top-down ones.
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SirInkmanProfessional
Really nice work Chris. :nod:
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks. It was lots of fun and I learned a lot in the process.
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Woodgnome01's avatar
Nice map. Those houses are gonna need some serious double glazing.
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LordWobblerHobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Also affectionately known as the Moist Deaf City" ;)  it's a big waterfall after all
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XianPrydeProfessional Digital Artist
"White-noise city?"
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SapientoProfessional Digital Artist
Well done!
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