So honored to design artwork for my dearest of friends in The Concrete Royalty. Everyone be sure to check out their debut EP!
rymartini asked: Hello! The color added to your world is phenomenal. What program and brush filters do you often use for coloring the regions?
Hi, thank you! :) I color with Photoshop CS4, mainly using the filters “film grain” and “cutout.”
rymartini asked: Hello there! I love your map, it has inspired me greatly. I was curious what inspiration--if any--assisted you in this creation? You've clearly drawn realistic estuaries from mountain peaks and such, it's just wonderful.
Hi, thank you so much!! I’m honored that my map has inspired you. I’m a huge fan of both Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, so I think my desire to create a fictional world came from there. Some of my favorite locations (Iridess Coast, Land of 1,000 Bridges, Fog Country) are based largely off of rural Northern California, where I grew up. I also did a lot of traveling when I was kid, so I’ve always been fascinated with geography and languages. Hope this helps!
mootthemute asked: Hey, I was just studying your map (so dang purty) Do you represent forests with a border of trees or is that a wall of trees around the Bear kingdom? How do you keep a "random feel" on your mountains? I frequently end up repeating a patter on my maps
Hi! Thanks for asking! I do represent entire forests with a border of trees- I figured drawing each individual tree on such a large scale map would risk things looking too messy and would have been really tedious. As for the mountains, I just try to make sure that there is a variety in height and size of each peak. For each range, I made sure there were at least one or two that stood out from all the rest. For individual shapes of the mountains, I looked up pictures of actual mountains online and created a few template shapes from what I found. Hope all this helps, and I’m so glad you enjoy the map! :)