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Torren Empire Process by SylvaKnight Torren Empire Process by SylvaKnight
Several people have asked how I do my maps; hopefully this will shed a little light on the process.

Finished map:
Torren Empire
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PlutonianKnight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

This is beautiful and intelligent work. I'd happily look at these for hours. Thanks for posting!

 

What made you decide to put volcanoes in the northern mountain ranges? Any geological reason, or just the Rule of Cool? (Kind of a similar question with the really large swamp in the southeast, for that matter)

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SylvaKnight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   General Artist
Actually on the final map, the only place volcanoes are located are on the islands to the northeast! It's amazing to look back and see how much I change my mind about some things. As for the swamps, that region was partially inspired by the coast of the southeast US. I knew the rivers were going to delta there, and I liked the idea of having lots of marshes and cypress forests standing in water, etc. I suppose I never thought of it as one really large swamp (even though it has one name), just because the regions I'm familiar with are so varied. A swamp is never as simple as it sounds. Also, I knew I wanted to call those southeastern islands "The Festers," so I needed them to be nasty and rotting in some way. Ergo, swamps.

It's always a toss up as to which comes first, the nature or the name. On this map it was about half and half.
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PlutonianKnight Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's very cool - and if the rivers delta there, then it certainly makes sense that there would be swamps. And 'The Festers' is a terrific name for some swampy islands. You can see the mangroves  and willows without even trying, with a name like that. Thanks for filling me in, and again, for posting it!
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Artist
So you drew the basis for this by hand and then scanned it? :omfg: I'm very impressed, congrats on a great work!
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SylvaKnight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! I like working by hand; the finished product is less pristine, but I think with this sort of map that's a plus. :)
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Artist
Agreed :)
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