So, in my last post, I got you started on creating a fantasy world map for writers and Dungeon Masters. Today: we’re going to start detailing that map. Again, I’m going to continue using the campaign map I used in my last game in Mondiir from the Adobe Draw app on iPad.
This map is very zoomed in so that I can add the details I need.
Step one: in a new layer, draw your mountains.
I am going to create the Heartland Valley, the center of the Red Empire (the Roman Empire of Mondiir). I didn’t want it to be in the Italy of my world, but more central so that it would butt up against other lands easier. But, I wanted to be fortified. The actual land itself is a fortress. So, I needed mountains.
You can us the standard triangles, but its best if you try to alter them as much as possible. I outlined the land with the mountains and then filled in the mountain range how I wanted.
Step Two: create a new layer for mountain shading
There is one mountain that became important to the campaign called the Black Mountain. I turn down the opacity of my brushes to create the shading effects and go over parts for the shadows.
Though I would skip over this step for a little bit for the rest of the mountains, I came back to it. The lower mountains I wanted to be kinda deserts and the northern ones to be rocky and cold. You’ll see.
Step three: in a new layer, create the rivers and lakes
Using a lower opacity brush and a light blue, I created the series of rivers and lakes.
Rivers often start up in the mountains and find their way down to the sea.
Step four: in a new layer, color the plains
Using a nice green color, I filled in the plains of the Heartland Valley.
(This is where I shaded the mountains.)
Step five: using two layers, create the forests
Use one layer and a dark green, draw the outer edges of the forests and then in the second layer, use a lighter green to fill it in.
You can draw individual trees, but that will take a long time. (Worth it for a novel, not worth it to me for my DnD map.)
I use the following shapes for my civilization:
- Dot with a brush: village
- Triangle: town
- Square: city
- Star: capital
Which looks like this:
Step Seven: labeling
Because I work strictly on my iPad, i have to use a different app for my labeling. I take a picture and use Text on Pictures.
Notice that I don’t label everything. I don’t know everything about it. I just know what I need to know for the campaign. Considering we never went south, I didn’t bother developing that area. I can go back there with other players some time in the future.
It’s almost nothing. In my next campaign, I’ll be filling in the “Greece” of my world.
I hope this post was useful for you! Please share your own creations below! I would love to see what you create!