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donatoclassic asked
I plan on creating a city for a homebrew soon. How do you go about creating the map of a city for a print product? Any tips for creating a new city or mapping in general?

wesschneider:

Yes! I have a broad spectrum of cartography OCDs. There’s two that might be particularly useful here.

Map Like Cities Grow: A place doesn’t start as a city. It’s starts as geography. Start out by creating interesting topography. Make sure there’s water (cities need water), flat land, maybe some trees or hills.

Once you’ve got that, think about how people would move—where would they want to go? Docks, markets, wells, defensible areas, at first, then important centers of culture and government. The routes between these places, avoiding or circumventing terrain, become your major roads.

Also remember for towns with walls, that walls don’t need to circle the entire town, walls don’t always remain useful, and a city doesn’t stop growing just because there are town walls. So only put walls where you need them or covering the most important areas (could be the whole community, but doesn’t need to be, might just be around one community or at one choke point). Don’t be afraid to have a wall running around or partially destroyed, evidence of an old city wall that’s no longer vital (my map of the city of Korvosa has examples of this). Also, always have buildings outside of your walls—it’s probably cheaper to live out there and people are always looking for cheap digs.

No Square Buildings: Unless it’s a shed or a trailer, you are NOT in a square or rectangular building right now. Look at Google maps, think of the shapes of the buildings around you, look at blocks with town homes or Roman insulas. There’s a lot of interesting ways to make buildings look, so don’t let your buildings be boring. You’re going to draw a lot of structures, so don’t try to make them all complex, but think about what types of buildings your drawing as you map.

Those are my big two suggestions! When you put them together, it looks something like this…

I’ve also done quite a few other posts about cartography. You can see a few here:

Wes’s Animated Mapping Process

Sketching a Floating City

Adding Details to Maps

I also suggest picking up the app Skitch for when you’re done. It’s great for adding tags and basic details once you’ve got your worked scanned in.

And remember, you don’t need to be an artist to be a great cartographer. Stick to simple shapes, look at existing maps, think about what your city does and who lives there, and let it inspire you to learn even more about the place you’ve created. You’ll be amazed how many great adventure and characters will come to mind as you sketch!

Hope this helps!

~W

shannon-freeman:

In Irish folklore, mermaids (called “merrows”) collect the souls of those drowned at sea. I’m not sure if that’s a child-appropriate story, but this cutesy picture was lots of fun to draw!

shannon-freeman:

In Irish folklore, mermaids (called “merrows”) collect the souls of those drowned at sea. I’m not sure if that’s a child-appropriate story, but this cutesy picture was lots of fun to draw!

goodstuffhappenedtoday:

Chicago Sandwich Restaurant Goes Two Full Years Without Creating Any Garbage

Owner and head chef Justin Vrany opened Chicago-based sustainability in mind, collecting old chairs from a closed down KFC, utilizing only local meat and produce and running the business on renewable energy. Most impressive of all is how the restaurant has managed to cut down on its trash output through composting, recycling and other methods. According to Vrany, the shop went a full two years without creating any waste, as documented in the short video Sandwich Me with “The Garbageless Restaurant” produced by NationSwell.

In a typical restaurant, about eight gallons of garbage is consumed in and thrown out into a dumpster in an hour. We did it in almost two years. And we just had an artist come in and pick up the eight gallons of garbage to make a sculpture out of, so we are now officially a zero-waste restaurant.

For those in the Chicago area, Vrany has started a free composting program through the restaurant.

other-dimensions-and-galaxies:

Yes. Yes. Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people’s needs. Very sad life. Probably have… very sad death. But… at least there is Symmetry.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I’m trying to put together a facility to broadcast messages back home and to the other colonies. We’ve got all of the pieces we need, but—
Zathras: But not having enough power to reach far places! Yes, Zathras understand. Everyone always coming to Zathras with problems. Big responsibility but Zathras does not mind. Zathras trained in crisis management. 
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: That’s great, but— 
Zathras: But only Zathras have no one to talk to. No one manages poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Or to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used to everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras. But we have come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much protein for diet. Hmmm, huh, huh, very good! - Zathras fix now. Come, this way.

other-dimensions-and-galaxies:

Yes. Yes. Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people’s needs. Very sad life. Probably have… very sad death. But… at least there is Symmetry.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I’m trying to put together a facility to broadcast messages back home and to the other colonies. We’ve got all of the pieces we need, but—

Zathras: But not having enough power to reach far places! Yes, Zathras understand. Everyone always coming to Zathras with problems. Big responsibility but Zathras does not mind. Zathras trained in crisis management.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: That’s great, but—

Zathras: But only Zathras have no one to talk to. No one manages poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Or to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used to everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras. But we have come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much protein for diet. Hmmm, huh, huh, very good! - Zathras fix now. Come, this way.

Whoops

Whoops I saw one post on my dash and now I’m on the Zathras tag. Block Babylon 5 and/or Zathras if you’re not interested.

But if you aren’t interested

you are clearly

Not The One

theantiherooftime:

A number one dad, ten out of ten, Dad of the year, gettin laid all year this year, best dad ever, you did it.

theantiherooftime:

A number one dad, ten out of ten, Dad of the year, gettin laid all year this year, best dad ever, you did it.

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ursulavernon:

adamusprime:

if you didn’t know stuff about humans you would think they get mad at the weirdest stuff

like one human raises their thumb to another human

that’s good, humans like that

one human raises their middle finger to another human

humans do NOT LIKE THAT

humans think that is a BAD FINGER

don’t you DARE raise that specific finger at me

any other finger is ok just not that one

Anthropology will be the hard elective in alien school.