This pretty much sums up what this is about. I have been “drawing” maps for a few years now for my DM using a couple different drawing programs. My first maps were designed in Dundjinni, with mixed results. I then purchased Campaign Cartographer and it sat unused for quite a while due to the steep learning curve. I sucked it up after a while and I’m actually pretty proficient with it now.
Recently, I’ve realized that however powerful CC is, the results that i was getting just weren’t what I was looking for. Then I remembered seeing these amazing hand drawn maps with the cross hatching. After some Googling I came across Dyson’s Dodecahedron. All i could say was “wow”. Using such simple methods he is able to create these excellent maps and was only constrained by his imagination.
Now, I am not an artist by any stretch but I feel the need to explore these previously unknown desires to put pencil to paper. My eventual goal is to progress through the paper phase and into the digital realm and hopefully try to create something even relatively close to Mike Schley’s and Jon Robert’s amazing work. If you haven’t heard of them, do yourself a favor and check them out!
I’m not the most diligent worker but I will post my progress as I make new maps. Everything I make, successes and failures, will be put up and I welcome all comments and criticisms.
And it seems that this is turning into a more diversified account of what I am up to lately. I have always had the urge to put pencil to paper and draw a passable representation of my PC’s. So to that end I will be working at improving my skills.
Oh, and some game related stuff might find its way here as well….