Tremjara Unveiled

It’s done.

I can’t put it more concisely than that. It’s done.

The Tremjara map is finished.

Three years. It’s taken longer than a novel does for many. If I count all the early, more crude versions then it’s been eighteen years. It took a year just to paint the map to provide it with vibrant color.

Map: CA Hawthorne

This is kinda sorta where I was about a year ago. Map: CA Hawthorne

Trial and error was my primary technique. First I tried using free land feature brushes that were available online. Whoops, my version of Photoshop was too old and wouldn’t accept them so I had to learn how to make my own. That required drawing, for instance, multiple versions of mountains and mountain ranges.

Good gosh, the same was true for hills, volcanoes, buttes, deciduous trees, evergreen trees, grasslands…

I learned to work with layers (and how to forget which layer I was working on). How to make rivers and lakes standout against similarly colored grasslands? Yeah, I had to figure that out. How to differentiate between the various forests, grasslands, or swamps? Yup. And then I had to find a way to make the seven ora’ean forests of the west each unique…

To read the remainder of this post on the website AND see the new Tremjara (along with special versions), please visit the website HERE.

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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