1/29/2014

Free Map 017: A Small Cave Complex

Free Map 017: A Small Cave Complex
On my lunch break Monday I doodled a small cave map and when I got home I was able to use some recent lessons learned to whip that map into shape!

I had a second section to this map, part showing a long ladder from the one interior room that led to a small tower high above the mesa this cave was in.

It looked like a three year old drew it.....

....and not a creative or talented one at that.

I'm not even being overly-critical, it just plain sucked. First time trying to do a cross-section view and it came out bad. I'm not losing any sleep over it.

A two-level cave system with a hidden worked room
Because it didn't take long to scan and clean up my map I was able to spend a bit of time playing with
the layers and adding some background  color. Not much, just colored in the rocks and used a dirty stone texture to place behind the cross-hatching. Having that hatching as a file doesn't even come close to doing it by hand, but it saves me a ton of time and looks better than it would otherwise, 'cause I'd just forgo anything in there.

I'm happy with how it turned out and I actually had fun creating this map. Sometimes mapping feels like a chore so this is a pleasant change.

I hope you get some use out of this.  As always, you can click on the post's lead-in graphic or this link for the hi-res file.