Building a World

Earlier today, I was inspired by THIS POST about map making.  I am working on my rewrite, and need to have a good idea of where the characters are going and what geography they are going through.  It is finally time to start making my map.

I went to the Cartography guild website looking for tutorials, as suggested.  I didn’t find much, but I did find one that used Photoshop.  I figured I was reasonably good with Gimp, so what the heck.

So here is what I have so far:

Not much yet, bet give it a while!  Watch this space for more info.  I will be documenting my progress here as I go.

One more thing.  I need a name for the world.  I know, lame.  If anyone has suggestions though, throw them into the comment box below.



9 thoughts on “Building a World”

  1. Hey, thanks for the linky. Do you know if there’s a way I can follow you and get you into the blog list on my Blogger dashboard, where all the latest blog updates show up?

  2. Hey, Ryan!

    Not a problem. Go to your blogger dashboard and down in the reading list, click the add button. In the “Add from URL:” box, type in “” (Without the quotes, obviously), and it should pop right into your reading list.

    If you have an RSS reader, you can use the “Subscribe by RSS” Link above. I run both the RSS and the Email subscription through feedburner, which is a cool syndication system (now run by google) that gives stats on who subscribes, and who actually opens the post when they get it. Worth looking into.

    I discovered that the tutorial for photoshop was not going to translate to Gimp very well, which made me sad. I think my wife has a copy of Photoshop CS4 laying around somewhere though, so I may pick it back up there.

    THIS is the one I am trying to do. We’ll see how it goes.


  3. Awesome, I have you on my dashboard now!
    I posted back on my blog in response to your comment. Basically I’ve been thinking about doing my own map-making tutorial on my blog, in the style of the map of Válkia. Would you be interested?

  4. It’s a butterfly, right? 😀 JK. Looks good so far. Let me think what you could name it to sound worldy… hmmm… how about Rammia (wanted to say Remmia, but that’s brand of margarine here :p) or Atelas? Or Junnine. Don’t ask me where I’m getting this stuff :p

  5. Cyvarra, Tyllera, Vallesett, Elysonne, Cantevar, Terramar, Kryst, Jypseth

    Just a few off my weird imagination! Way to go on the map. I’ve just got hand drawn ones for the time being.

  6. Wow! Lot’s of suggestions… Now I have to pick something. I may end up mashing a few of the ideas together. Dunno yet.

    No, it isn’t a butterfly. :^P

    Work continues. I just posted my latest progress.


  7. I think I am liking the sound of Telyrim. I have no clue why, but it seems to be sticking.

    The downside is that I have two cities: Trior and Tillias. I think I am getting a bit heavy on the T’s.

    Thanks for the help!


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