Very cool. How did you draw it?
Hand drawn on chart paper (about 24"x30" or 30"x48" or something) folded into scannable regions, scanned, then I used gimpshop to create a layer over the scan (which I cropped, this is about one fifth or something of the total hand drawn world map) and then drew coastlines and forests on the layer, then started coloring. I wasn't sure how to do the mountains - but I just started drawing them in gimp (my originals were just upside down Vs and looked pretty bad). I chose two shades of brown to suggest a little depth on the mountain ranges. Not happy with the desert or the forest - happy with the water and pretty happy with the mountains.
I've been using AutoREALM with my maps and have been mostly happy with the results, although I am not able to do a large poster-size map. I thought about doing a hand-drawn map, as I have a cartography specialization as part of my undergrad degree (back in the pen & ink days) but I found I actually liked my AutoREALM maps. I loved the look of your map. Nicely done.
I've tried autorealm a couple times - and I could never get it to do what I wanted to... I guess I'm just a pen in hand kind of guy (I even bought a pen and tablet for the PC thinking that I might actually be able to jump the curve...but I haven't been able to so far...)
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