This is the 3rd part in a series about drawing your own map. If you missed part 1 or part 2 then it’s recommended that you read those articles first. Also, don’t forget to draw along as you read the articles as you’ll learn much more from doing than you will from just reading.
Here are all of the articles we've published on the topic of Cartography.
The Lord of the Map. The writer skilled in cartography is an explorer. They can spend hours fleshing out the design of their world. This is a crucial skill because it visually unites all of the other skills.
If you’ve randomly generated your land from the last tutorial then you should have a green island ready to start this next part. My island looks like the following:
You’ve asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to create a map. So here we go. This is the first part in a number of tutorials that will show you exactly how to create a stunning map using nothing but Photoshop. In this first part you'll learn how to generate random terrain using Photoshop. […]
There are 3 Laws that your rivers MUST follow if they exist on an Earth like planet. You won’t find a river on Earth that breaks any of the following laws follow the below laws and your maps will look realistic. Simples. 1, Just Like Us They Are Born Every river has a source.
This is a quick article to introduce The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps. The guide currently features 4 of the tutorials on drawing maps that can be found on The World Building School, however they are all presented on a single page so it's now even easier to follow the tutorials and draw your own […]
The worlds weather is driven by both the Earth’s rotation and the seasonal variation in solar energy that each hemisphere absorbs. However patterns do form in the weather and they will play an important role for your civilisations, characters lives and the stories you write. So the next step in building your world is to […]