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Heima: Commissioned Map for Novel
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Published: March 4, 2015
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Author Shawn Gunn commissioned me to make this map for his upcoming novel (link to novel page: www.swgunn.com/heima )

The black and white look was chosen so that it would look its best printed crisp and clean on the page of the book.

As usual, I had a great time drawing the mountains. The border was a bit of an exploration--I'm getting more complex with borders, but I still don't want them to overwhelm the map itself. I used a new technique on the forests, and I like the way they came out. Yes, the trees look a little "large" compared to the mountains, but it's not a satellite view, after all. Maps are symbolic, and these features, especially in a fantasy/medieval map, are meant to convey the most important and relevant information to the viewer. 
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swgunn|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a beautiful map that captures my world wonderfully! It also looks dang good both on the website and in the novel. Click the link above to see it in action!

S.W. Gunn
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Kaloith|Professional Digital Artist
Very nice, I quite like the way you made the forest.
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was the first time I'd tried that technique.
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OldDuane's avatar
Nicely done...I like your style....works very well for fantasy
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much. I've done a little Sci-Fi as well, but I haven't posted it here yet.
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Sapiento|Professional Digital Artist
Excellent map!
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Been working on four maps for several months, and this is the first of the four to make it to completion.
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Sapiento|Professional Digital Artist
How long did you need to complete Heima?
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XianPryde|Professional Digital Artist
I didn't keep track of total hours. I've been working on it since November, but it was little blocks of hours, here and there, in between other projects. Figuring out how to do the forest was the part that took the longest.
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