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The Known World - RPG Commission Map by XianPryde The Known World - RPG Commission Map by XianPryde
This map was commissioned for an upcoming tabletop fantasy roleplaying game. I had to work out techniques for several types of terrain, going through trial-and-error iterations until I decided a given region looked right. The continent of Thalyr is meant to be off-limits to adventurers in the early parts of the game, and thus it's surrounded by a perpetual storm.

I've had people comment about the "rivers lying on top of the forests" problem in this map. I admit that this simply didn't strike me as an issue when I was drawing it. I've become more sensitive to this issue as a result, and I now try to make sure it doesn't happen on later maps.
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MyeGaimes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great; I wish I had seen your map this morning because now 8hrs later I realize I did some things wrong :( Thanks for your inspiration-- I might restart again tomorrow :(
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm not sure anything is really "wrong"...but I probably know what you mean. For me, especially in the early days when I was making this map a couple of years ago, I keep having to work out how I wanted to depict certain terrain features. There are so many ways to go for each thing you're trying to draw. Some techniques look good when others do them, but not when you attempt the same thing yourself. It's always a problem-solving compromise.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional
Can't believe I hadn't seen this before.
This is awesome Chris. :D
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thanks! This was one of my first commission jobs. It took a long time, and I figured out a lot of stuff while doing it.
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JoshuaDunlow Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work, love it.. One of these days, I need to get a professional map for my world done
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XianPryde Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was fun to work on.
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lancedART Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great map... like the "winds" over the seas... 
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
For a long time while working on that map I wondered how I was going to represent the winds. I decided to go more in the direction of the symbolic and the medieval, instead of the representational.
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lancedART Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of the "here be dragons" images on old maps... ;-)
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Right! That was part of the look I was going for.
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justMANGO Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, those lovely, lovely mountains.
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Yes, they are my favorite thing to draw.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent map!
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much
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XianPryde Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This map was designed to be grayscale from the start, but I'm now starting to thing I should just do maps like this in color anyway. I can elegantly drop a color image to a controlled grayscale version in Photoshop any time I need to...
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good idea.
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