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Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:25 am

Friendly Mapmaking Challenge

Everyone is welcome to participate! In a nutshell, this is a friendly challenge to all mapmakers or aspiring mapmakers to create a map of a certain pre-chosen location.


The purpose:

- I'm not offering any prizes here, nor is a winner (or loser) going to be declared. This thing is purely for fun.
- The purpose is to practice your skills, experiment with new techniques, compare styles and tricks with others and maybe learn new things in the process.
- This is supposed to be a friendly event, so let's keep it civil. Constructive criticism on other people's work is of course allowed, but no overly nasty comments, ok? Even if you think someone's work sucks, try to keep in mind the friendly spirit of the event.

Ok, here's how it works:

- Everyone is free to participate, no matter your skill level, number of maps made (if any), age, gender, social status, etc.
- The idea is to take the map I post, trace it and create your own graphical representation of it - not a playable map, just a plain, nice, pretty map image.
- The graphical style of the map is up to you. It doesn't have to be hugely accurate either, and you can decide what features you want to include.
- In the spirit of this event, it's recommended to make your map image the same, or close to same size as the original traceable map image. Having some constraints adds to the challenge of the event.
- There is no strict deadline for participation, but it'd be nice if everyone could post their work within a week from this post.
- You are free to submit multiple entries. You can also modify your entries and post multiple versions of them, or post early versions and ask for opinions.
- I'd prefer each entry to be made by a single person. The point is to challenge your personal skills, so collaborations can wait for another event.


The map to be traced:

For this event, I have chosen a map of Kaliningrad Oblast (an exclave of Russia) to be the subject. I've chosen a compact-sized map for tracing, which shows a lot of features, but like said, you can choose which ones to include.

The whole Kaliningrad Oblast should be shown in your map image. Note that the purple line is the border of the actual Oblast, the rest is neighbouring countries. Thematically you can do whatever you want with it, as long as the Kaliningrad Oblast is shown in the map in whole.


Here is the traceable image:

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Direct link to the image: http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/3733/kaliningrad.png


So without further ado, good luck to all participants. Let's see some interesting, funny, impressive, weird, beautiful and creative artwork. And above all,

Have fun!
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby koontz1973 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:37 pm

This is what we need right now. Something fun. Great idea natty. Might be the best here but will give this a go. Will post an image next week sometime.
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby thenobodies80 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:44 am

I have a couple of question:
Any size limit?
The map should represent the whole area or just part of it? (i dont' mean the features on the map but instead the land area that we can represent)
It has to be just a representation of the area or we can set a time period, add a theme, some spice,flavour to the map?

Thanks in advance for the answers :)
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:55 am

thenobodies80 wrote:Any size limit?


I haven't set a strict size limit, but:

natty dread wrote:- In the spirit of this event, it's recommended to make your map image the same, or close to same size as the original traceable map image. Having some constraints adds to the challenge of the event.



thenobodies80 wrote:The map should represent the whole area or just part of it? (i dont' mean the features on the map but instead the land area that we can represent)


The whole area of Kaliningrad Oblast. You can crop out the extra that is outside the borders of the Oblast in the image, but the whole Oblast should be shown.

thenobodies80 wrote:It has to be just a representation of the area or we can set a time period, add a theme, some spice,flavour to the map?


Thematically you can do whatever you want. Be creative!
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:45 pm

Ok, to get this thing rolling, here's something I've put together - it's nothing special, just riffin' on different textures and stuff.

It features cities and major roads.

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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby DiM on Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:27 pm

i traced the map then it all took a communist poster turn and i got this:

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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:35 pm

That's great! Stretching the size a lot, but looks real nice.
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby DiM on Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:49 pm

i didn't even notice you said we should keep roughly the same size. :oops:
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:17 pm

That's ok, it's more of a recommendation than a strict requirement ;)
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby aad0906 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:50 pm

Somebody should do a Koenigsberg map, the capital of East Prussia...
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:00 pm

aad0906 wrote:Somebody should do a Koenigsberg map, the capital of East Prussia...


Ok, that sounds like a neat idea, but you should post it in the map ideas forum, this thread is for the mapmaking challenge.
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby DiM on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:03 pm

natty dread wrote:
aad0906 wrote:Somebody should do a Koenigsberg map, the capital of East Prussia...


Ok, that sounds like a neat idea, but you should post it in the map ideas forum, this thread is for the mapmaking challenge.


yeah, let's keep this strictly for posting our images and discussing techniques.
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby ManBungalow on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:07 pm

Cool, I've never used the Qbist function before. Doesn't look like I'll be using it again in a rush, but all the same:

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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby natty dread on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:25 pm

I've never used the Qbist function either. I'm not even sure what it does...

Oh. According to the docs, it creates random patterns. Neat, maybe that can be used for something...
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Re: Friendly Mapmaking Challenge - Everyone Welcome!

Postby Victor Sullivan on Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:18 pm

This is why I don't do graphics :lol:

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Just screwed around with filters :P

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