This is the second post using Angeline Trevina’s book 30 Days of Worldbuilding (available on Amazon), the book provides 30 prompts/exercises to help guide world-building.
Day 2: Draw Your Map – the author advises us to draw a map to prevent us getting lost in our world.
Since my setting is based very loosely on American colonisation I decided to use a map of North America as my starting point, I downloaded an antique map from Google.
I then printed the map and–using the old-school technique of tracing a drawing whilst holding it up to a window–I created the following outline map.
I scanned the outline map back in, using Photoshop to darken it and correct a few errors.
Next I filled the landmasses in a solid colour, using Photoshop.
This looked cool but the map was still very obviously North America, after some time I decided to rotate the map and use the shaded section as the sea rather than the land. I printed out the map and extended some of the bits on the right hand side of the new picture.
Next I scanned it in again and filled in any areas of sea that were still unshaded.
Finally I changed the sea colour to blue and shaded the land green, putting a simple colour effect, making the sea lighten nearer the land.
Finally I added an outline around the landmasses.
As you can see from the image above I’ve still got some work to do on the map and there are a few bits and pieces I’ve missed out (I’ve also not decided on scale or things like that), but–in about an hour–I’ve got a promising map that I’m pretty happy with overall.