kengyin wrote:don't you get that annoying feeling when you know what you need to do and where you are going but you can't actually do it?
Situations like those are the ones that really put your resolve as a mapmaker/graphic artist to the test.
It's easy to create graphics when all you have to do is things you already know how to do. The tough part comes when you know what you have to do but don't know how to do it.
The upside however is, that every time you push yourself to do something you have no previous experience with, you learn a ton of new things and develop as an artist.
As general advice I'd say, look into drawing and graphics making for more than just mapmaking. There's lots of good graphics tutorials online if you search for them. Read them, practice creating images that have nothing to do with maps. You'll get experience of things that you can later use in maps. You learn by doing.
As specific advice for this... well, pretty much the same advice. I can't specifically tell you what to do, that's something you have to learn to find out. My tutorials gave you some basic tools and tricks you can use... now you need to find your own tricks.
In way of analogy: you could think of my tutorials like grade school, where the basics are taught to you by the teacher, things are laid in front of you nice and clear... now, it's time to graduate, and enroll into high school/college where you have to do more independet studying, find your own "classes" and learning materials... basically, you have to teach yourself.
Good luck on your journey!