Worldbuilders: Show Me Your Maps!

Greetings, fellow adventurers!

In my endeavors to create rich fantasy realms, I often find myself scratching out quick sketches of world maps. I know I can be a bit peculiar, but surely I am not alone in this practice…

So the thought occurred to me; why not create a forum topic where vaguely artistic nerds (or incredibly artistic world-building wizards) can share their worlds, realms, kingdoms, etc?

Let the Mapmakers’ Duel begin!

(just kidding…no duels) :face_with_head_bandage: :rofl:

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Mine is messy and weird looking. I put a couple notes on some of the kingdoms. I wrote one of the kingdoms “idiot” lol :sweat_smile:

Gehenna

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My maps usually start out pretty rough…and I also jot down notes on mine. :sweat_smile: This looks like a good draft though, to help keep things straight in your mind. :grin:

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First draft for my book Mirror Me.

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This looks wonderful! One of my favourite parts of reading fantasy novels is studying the maps. This definitely sets the tone…I am intrigued!

Ugh I need a mapmaker so bad for my story, but I don’t know where to find one. I have the image in my head, but I feel incompetent to draw it out myself :sob:

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I completely understand. I have a couple (somewhat) more detailed maps that I’ve drawn for my current series. I like the way they turned out. Sometimes, though, I look at the maps that others have made…and I feel like mine are lacking. :sweat_smile:
One thing that I found helps me is to focus on a few key locations (particularly if they are relatively close). This is usually a good starting point, and I can gradually work my way outward to the rest of the country/world.

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Wow, very impressive! :grin: I quite like the names…especially Mount Dragontail and Crypts of Doom. I’m also very curious about the other country (?) that I can see in the top left corner… :thinking:

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I made a couple for my current WIP during quarantine:

Fenghuen:

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Vallandor:

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Try Inkarnate. It’s the go-to mapmaking tool for a lot of fantasy writers. The free version has limited resources, granted, but it’s adequate to make a basic map.

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This one was just sort of thrown together in a couple of hours on inkarnate.

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Not gonna lie, Island of the Chainbreakers sounds so bad ass!

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Thanks alot. This is a kingdom called Aduzura.
Your curiosity is on point I’d say :slightly_smiling_face::sparkles:

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Thanks! I like to think it is! Haha. Lots of badass people on that island!

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One question: How?

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The system that works best for me is to draw the map by hand first (to get the dimensions right) and then scan it and trace it on Illustrator.

Map of Corviston old town (WIP):

Wythaven Metro map (WIP):

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These are lovely! I thought that Fenghuen had an Asian vibe to it…your map proved helpful in confirming that. ^^ These are stunning maps, and I am very curious about the world you have created.

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What a beautiful map! Is this from The Grim? (I really need to set some time aside to read it :sweat_smile:)

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Such attention to detail! :smile: I also draw mine by hand (also for dimensions - I try to draw to scale). Once I have the hand-drawn image moved over to my computer, I use Clip Studio Paint to clean it up a bit and draw in some of the finer details. It’s very interesting to see everyone’s methods. ^^

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