X-Men Artist Kickstart’s A Creative Commons World Building Project

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Steven Sanders has drawn a number of comics for Marvel and Image; from Wolverine and The X-Men to Deadpool and Five Fists Of Science. He has over a decade of professional experience in the illustration field and now he’s turning his attention to world building.

Symbiosis is a world where technology and biology are inextricably linked, where man and technology need each other to survive. Think of it as ”1940’s Bio-punk”.

However, the most exciting thing is that Steven is releasing the world of Symbiosis under a creative commons license. So that means you can write your own stories, games or any other project using this world and add to the existing cannon. Therefore if you’re an author looking for a new exciting world to write in then Symbiosis provides all of the world information and artwork you’ll need to get started.

Read More Here

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Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic – The Power Of Limitations

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If you’ve read last week’s article on Sanderson’s First Law Of Magic then you’ll want to visit The World Building School and take a read of this second article.

When you add limitations to your magic system it makes it more interesting for readers. This article also focuses on the elements of a magic system defined by Michael James Liljenberg – the gears that power your system and then the knobs and buttons used to control it.

While this article is more useful for those of us who are building a hard magic system it doesn’t mean that Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic is any less relevant for soft magic systems.

Read the article here.

Have You Mastered The First Law Of Magic?

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A great new article has been posted up on The World Building School. If you’ve ever wondered about how to add magic to your story and world then this law in the fundamental lesson you need to learn. It was first established by Brandon Sanderson in 2007. Click here to visit The World Building School and read the article.

A second article will be posted this Friday and it will delve deeper into the laws of magic in your world.

Read more here.

The Map Generator For Photoshop

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There have been a few of my followers asking when the cartographic Photoshop actions I’ve been working on will be available well today is that day! The World Building Store is now live and ready for your order. I’ve bundled the Photoshop actions up into one package “The Map Generator For Photoshop” and there is currently a special offer on to celebrate the launch of the store.

Normally the bundle will sell for £7 but as a special launch price you can buy The Map Generator for just £5 (and if you subscribe to the weekly world building articles from The World Building School then I’ll be sending out an extra offer for the bundle within the next day or two. So keep checking your inbox.)

What’s included in “The Map Generator For Photoshop”?

This bundle includes 3 of my most popular map styles in the form of Photoshop actions. You can see examples of some of these styles in my gallery on here. The Map Generator for Photoshop also includes the very useful Random Terrain Generator and a tutorial showing you exactly how to use the actions. I’ve even added a bonus into the package “The World Typography Action” which will generate a number of labels to use on your map.

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So please click here to visit The World Building Store and buy “The Map Generator For Photoshop”. Thank you for your support.

Customise Your Own Map on Graphic River

Are you an author, dungeon master or simply looking for a treasure map to use in a school or for kids parties? Well I’ve just published my first map pack on Graphic River – and it’s only $3.

This pack provides a fully drawn map detailed in two different styles and supported by 4 jpeg renders of the map, 2 for each style.

So it doesn’t matter if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still benefit from purchasing the map pack thanks to the inclusion of the 4 renders.

The first render is an ‘out of the box’ map complete with location names so you can instantly use it to create a world for your RPG , print and hang it on a wall or use it in an exotic treasure hunt.

The second render is the same as the first render however all of the place names have been removed. This means you can write on your own place names and even add extra icons and features to the map. All without the need of Photoshop. Simply print off the map and draw directly on it or take it into paint and draw in there.

However if you do have Photoshop you’ll be able to customise each map layer by layer.

Included in “Elfcarron: Customise Your Own Map”

1 Map
2 Styles
4 Jpegs
1 Layered PSD

Visit Graphic River to purchase the map. I would also really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about my maps and help me to rank on the Graphic River market place. It all helps towards the running of The World Builders Guild group on DeviantART and The World Building School website.

P.S. the link to the map pack is here. Please share.

A Beautiful Photoshop Map Tutorial

The 4th and final part of the Elfcarron tutorial is now up on The World Building School.

This tutorial teaches all about adding typography and a boarder to your map.

If you haven’t heard of this before then The World Building School has been publishing tutorials on how to draw a map similar to the Elfcarron map:

I’ve included links to the other articles below:

Part 1: How To Rangomly Generate Terrain Using Photoshop

Part 2: Adding Texture To The Ocean And Land

Part 3: Drawing The Sea And Coastline For Your Map

Part 4: Finishing Your Map With Typography And A Boarder

I hope you find the tutorial useful.

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How To Generate Random Terrain Using Photoshop

Here’s the latest article from The World Building School.

How To Generate Random Terrain Using Photoshop

With the success of The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps a few people asked for a more detailed article on techniques for drawing the map. So I’ve taken the map style from “Elfcarron” and built the tutorial around drawing that style of map.

This article is Part 1 on how to draw maps using nothing but Photoshop. The other parts will be published over the coming weeks.

I hope you enjoy.

You can read the article here.