My map-drawing goes hand in hand with the worldbuilding. I imagine kingdoms/countries and their relations to one another. I know which are bigger, which are more military, which should have what kind of climate. They aren't drawn, but I have an end goal in mind. I also know my major storyline locations, and have a good idea of where they must be located (one relative to another, at any rate).
Then I sketch. Sketching maps is perhaps the only art-sy thing I can do. It was made even easier with my touchscreen laptop. Now I sketch straight into Paint. (yes, Paint. I don't have nor need anything else)
So, let's have some pictures. I am admittedly proud of my maps.
|I started with Regaria|
I went ahead, added two new kingdoms and finished the lines around this continent.
- Pay attention to your mountain ranges. They should follow a certain tectonic plate logic.
- Rivers flow from higher ground into the ocean (or lower ground, if you have some place below the sea's level).
- Most important cities will be near a waterway. Population is likely more concentrated in such areas too.
- Water currents, hot and cold, have a major impact on climate.
|TADAM! (And I just realised my cold water current lines are wrong. OOPS)|
And now it's your turn! Do you have any tips for maps? Where do you start yours?