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Worldbuilding – Drawing Your World

World Building

Over at WorldBuildingSchool.com this last week, they had a great post on drawing your own worlds:

Being able to represent land on a map is a key skill required by any cartographer. So this tutorial will show you exactly how to draw land. Genesis 1:6 states “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” (NIV) Just as our real world requires dry land for land dwellers to live so too do our fantasy worlds. Though dry land is not something a fictional world must have, as films like Waterworld prove, however, for about 95% of the fantasy worlds out there dry land is a major component. Each artist has their own way of representing land and this tutorial will follow the way I start my maps. I like to have digital maps drawn in photoshop but even with a wacom I prefer the organic feel of a pencil and paper.

Check it out at http://worldbuildingschool.com/how-to-draw-land

So my questions today: Do you draw maps for your stories? What do you use – paper and pen or pencil? Photoshop? Some other app? Share!


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