Discussion in 'Make It So' started by wixbloom, Feb 27, 2015.
@TwoBrokenMirrors thanks! I love fat squishy homestuck troll grubs tbh
I've been making maps of continental regions of my story setting world, one piece of 8.5/11 grid paper at a time. And I've been tacking them up on the wall overlapping, and enjoying the increasing sense of scale. But every picture I took was poorly lit and frustrating.
Today I grabbed my scanner and went to work. Scanned each, overlapped them as layers in GIMP, and pit a good 25 minutes into getting the contrast of each close to matching. You'd think, since I used the same colored pencil and one of two pens for each page, they would easily match...
They're all still basic coastal outlines and mountainous regions, each square representing about 2° latitude and longitude (so it is skewed as fuck).
Spoiler: New and improved world map
Nice! So what are the tectonics like? :P
Messy! It's still a work in progress, and I might revise things later... You could say it's not set in stone yet. ;)
Continents: It's closer to the last supercontinent than Earth is. Less than 100 million years. The continents were connected in a lovely long line, possibly covering both poles. The furthest continents were the first to go spinning off; they are Sirs Not Appearing In This Map. The smallest of them wandered around a quarter of the planet before the others really got underway, like Australia or India.
Spoiler: I TL;DRed. Back here are words and two more pictures.
Spoiler: Rough draft, how the current continents once fit together
The central continent, shaped somewhat like a hammer with uselessly wide handle and a billowy leaf off the back of it? That continent is splitting: the upper portion, connected by that long east-west mountain range, is twisting clockwise. The two big bays are where it already divided enough for the sea to come in, and the land between them is a mess of faultline earthquakes.
The lower half of the hammer continent is very slowly moving right, following the tiny lost continent. It's not really forming any island chains.
The wispy islands off to the west? Those are volcano chains, the result of the subduction zones where the twisting continent is eating the ocean plate.
The southern continent, shaped a little like a mangled lobster claw, is also moving west, so the volcano chain spreads all along that way. If the northwestern most part of the claw were the pinkie-to-index fingers of a left hand, then the thumb peninsula that almost touches a mountainous island between the continents? That thumb used to be further south, connected to the little mountain range.
The really southern continent is basically Antarctica, as of this point. It probably reaches further north on the opposite side of the world, and maybe there's big civilizations over there. On this side, it's mostly in the 70-90 degrees south range, a little too cold for casual human habitation. I may revise this later.
Like I said before, the island chain is a volcanic chain born from subduction zones as the continental plates get their wander on. Most of the mountains are from collisions of continental plates, mostly from the formation of previous supercontinents. I don't think any of them are actively forming, like the Alps or the Himalayas. I think they're more in the range of the Rockies or the Berkshires: possibly tall, but wearing down.
There's essentially four collision mountain ranges in this group of continents, now divided by the tectonic movement.
That long east-west range in the top of the hammer-leaf, that's all related.
The north-south range in the bottom half of the hammer continent is the same as the claw continent's west-south-east range that swoops along its bottom. That should give an idea of how those two regions have begun sliding past each other.
Likewise, the range on the hammer's southeast peninsula and the southern's little northern section were previously connected.
The last range, that little one in the hammer that goes out to the eastern island, was once extended into the little continent that wandered off to the east.
Spoiler: OR: 10 minutes in GIMP, and more than 80 to type up what all these colors mean.
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That was totally flippant, I was not expecting you to actually have worked out some tectonics, so *handflaps with glee*
You should have some lovely calcite seas with all that rifting.
Also, I dunno if this was intentional or not, but it's great that all your continents look pretty flooded, because high sea levels are associated with rifting (Co2 from vulcanism melts ice and hot crust around rifts expands and displaces the water up).
today's work in progress
Spoiler: kind of a fursona oops
I thought it might be rhetorical, so I replied with a :p and a pun to escalate!
I know I have a lot of plans for limestone caverns in certain coastal regions, but I haven't thought enough about the seafloors yet. And I should, because deep sea merfolk will be a thing. Albeit more kraken monstrosities than pretty mermaids...
Ooh, not intentional but a very happy accident! I'll do some reading into vulcanism sometime when I want to learn things, see if there's useful things for the world building.
the wip persisteth
Look, it's the shadow girl. She's complaining about the state of the world but really nobody cares because they're too busy with their own problems.
Technically she's from the comic but she won't show up for a while and i wanted to draw her.
So we're doing montages in art class right now and this is the (photoshopped to make the lines more visible) piece I'm working on this week.
Art Instructor gave us five things to include in the montage: a dog, a girl, a pumpkin farmer, a lighthouse, and a handgun, and told us to try to convey a story through the picture. I was thisclose to tearing my hair out in frustration of ever coming up with a story that was interesting to me and included all of those elements ... when I realised that he never said the pumpkin farmer had to be alive. Or that the dog had to be someone's pet. Or that the girl couldn't be a witch who replaces dead people's heads with jack-o-lanterns and then uses them as undead minions to help her fight off people-eating sea monster dogs. :D
Conclusion: I should turn everything into horror/fantasy, it keeps me interested.
#i blame @Vast Derp #does your story have dead people, magic, monsters, and/or fighting in it? no ? sorry not interested #kagerou was apparently more of a formative influence than i realised
i drew this yesterday, and i like it a lot actually. i think i'm finally hitting that one swoop upward where my skill is above my perception, so i'm super big headed about everything. that's okay for now but here's hoping it doesn't last too long.
Spoiler: cheshire creep
ooooooh WOW that's intriguing as hell, i love the pumpkin's expression especially. and her hair is yum.
i love it! thank you for crediting me with influencing your tastes, that's amazing to read and i'm all :3 right now
sorry for spamming the same wip, I'm having to create some accountability to help keep me motivated enough to finish it (also I'm proud as fuck of this coloring so far)
Don't be sorry. Besides, it's good.
I haven't an art blog because I'm lazy, but I do have an art tag on my main blog. http://prismatic-void.tumblr.com/tagged/pv's-art
Here's a recent-ish thing, it's part of a series of tarot cards I did for a project.
@prismaticvoid GASP THAT IS LOVELY
@wixbloom aaaa thank you! <3 We had to pick a theme and do five cards and I was like "queer steampunk tarot? queer steampunk tarot"
Animations kind of count as a type of drawing right? I do mine by hand and with a lightbox, but I ink them in illustrator or photoshop to make them nice and clean. I just finished inking in a few today, and I really want to show them off to someone! :)
Spoiler: Some transforming numbers
I also make more classic animations, but right now I'm working on more interactive stuff - these animations are meant for a website that I'm learning to code.
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