The 2007 annual has a nice Parchment Background issue (issue 06, June), so I decided to give it a bit of a go myself. This one isn't quite finished yet. Apart from the fact that the island doesn't have any roads there's something else I completely forgot to draw!


  • RalfRalf 🖼️ 16 images Mapmaker Administrator, ProFantasy
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    Aw, thank you very much, Ralf! :D
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    I've added a few rivers and roads now. Had to move the cracks to an alternative location to make way for the rivers! A couple of other things have shifted a fraction, but this is now the finished map :)

    Exported directly from CC3 as a jpg, using the Save as... options to control size (1500 on the longest side), antialiasing (67%), and trimming.
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 46 images Cartographer Administrator
    Lovely map. Love how the colors turned out.
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    edited August 2019
    Thank you, Remy :D

    That's one of my 'dulled down' palettes. If I could name it I would call it "Bright watercolour"

    EDIT: The palette used in this map is on the left, while the default palette is on the right. I have purposefully left the same colour selected so you can see that I have moved the red down a row to make room for a second shade of orange. The aim of the palette was to create a full range of colours that could realistically be reproduced using watercolour paint on paper. Real paint being a lot more dull than most people realise my palette might look quite grey in comparison, but it is this lowered saturation that allows easier mixing of the colours without them looking too garish right next to each other.


    In addition to this muted palette the colours are dulled even further by the texture of the 'canvas' (actually Mike Schley's Hill Background fill), which has been turned to warm pale grey and multiplied over the whole map using a Blend Mode.
  • Lovely~ I really like this palette!
  • Posted By: RalfVery, very nice! :)
    That is superb - the style and colours blend perfectly and I get a sense of atmosphere. Brilliant.
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    Posted By: LoreleiLovely~ I really like this palette!
    Thank you, Lorelei :D
    Posted By: mike0liverThat is superb - the style and colours blend perfectly and I get a sense of atmosphere. Brilliant.
    Thanks Mike :D Its actually quite a simple map and mostly involves a series of glows and blurs. There are only 11 sheets in it.
  • 11 sheets - has your brain been fried! That is not the usual Sue Daniel fare. I am really worried for you now. ;)
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 31 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    Yes. I'm afraid my sheet production centre has gone off-line for repairs for the time being. Some of the parts were a little worn out! :P

    In reality the template is relatively simple and contained all the sheets I needed. It's one of those issues that provides the setting - the basic sheets and the jaggy frame with effects. You just import your own map and make it into a map on a piece of parchment by doing so. I didn't have a spare map lying around, so I drew one in situ.

    I wanted to make the parchment as visible as possible (that being the whole point of the exercise) so for a change I decided not to add any of the usual terrain sheets and lots of other textures, but just to add one more sheet called LAND FORMS (which I've seen used the same way in other pre-bitmap annuals), and used this one to colour the entire map in Solid polygons. Add an EFI and a blur to that sheet, and hey presto - parchment textured colours. Looks a lot like colour wash.

    I should probably add that I moved the BACKGROUND sheet nearly to the front of the map and used a Blend Mode set to Multiply and 100% opacity to impose the texture of the parchment over the entire map in one go. It's not so noticeable on the symbols because the symbols have their own texture, but over the large areas of otherwise plain colours it works a treat.

    The texture I used in the end wasn't one of the several parchment textures provided in the annual, but the Mike Schley Hills Background texture. It had a bit more 'bite' to it than the others, and I've always had a pet hate of those ones with horizontal lines in them. I find them way too distracting - probably my autism playing me up again!
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