Do you think you could toss up a quick know-how on those mountains? I've been editing a map and using various tips and what not, but I've not been able to come up with something that looks as awesome or as realistic as yours. <3 <3
Also - have any ideas for swamp lands represented on a map like this?
Pretty easy to do, actually. I chopped up pieces of real-world topography, meshed them together in photoshop, and overlaid a bunch of distressed and grunge patterns and filters to get color effects and further alteration of landforms.
As for swamps... couldn't tell ya. Personally I think the scale's too large to show detail like that. One thing I had tried on another map for a swamp that looked halfway decent was to take a photo of shag carpet and overlay it with various patterns to get something interesting looking.
Wonderful work! Everything about this piece works together so well. Excellent color choice and the texture of the mountain ridges is spot on. I'd actually be very curious in your technique for creating the mountain textures.
I wish I could tell you it was all innate ability, but no. What I did was scan pages from a big atlas, clip and place interesting looking terrain, then go back through and clean up edges where the feathering didn't work so well, remove and clean up any labels, and paint in (with photoshop) the places where I wanted _this_ mountain to cast a bigger shadow, or where _that_ mountain range should curve more. Then I overlaid various color and grungy filters to get deeper, more antique colors. Very tedious but rewarding.