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Gnosis final by MaximePLASSE Gnosis final by MaximePLASSE
A map commissioned by Inspire Education for an interesting project. Inspire Education is a company that supplies schools with an online learning platform, which offers the curriculum in an inspiring way. This learning platform provides teachers with English schemes of work and resources, whilst giving children a context in which to learn through stories. Check Inspire Education Website for some further informations.
The commission was to draw a map of Gnosis, a cross-curricular fantasy world rooted in real history, from which the kids will be able to explore stories, myths, lessons and more.
Since this map is intended to be used as a tool on school interactive boards, I was asking to provide a general map with a bunch of icons, creatures insets, coat of arms. What you see here is the whole general map with all the elements on it. Of course, during the discovering process of the world and the learning that goes with it, a lot of these elements will only be revealed progressively when kids are going through new lessons and click on new areas.

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:iconlorivock:
lorivock Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
how much time and money does a map like this cost?
Would it be possible to send me the info in a note? I'd greatly appreciate it.
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
Each project has its specifis so if you have a projevt in mind, please drop me a note, thanks! (check my front page first ;) )
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:iconmoonmansartworks:
MoonmansArtworks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm creating my own fantasy game and illustrating my own maps.
My question was how do youdetermine where your kingdoms are placed in regard to eachother and towns. Yours is a relativley detailed regional map and I would love to know if you have any advice or any  tutorials you could give me. Nice wrk and Thanxs!
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burr0 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2017
well... cities usually appear at places with nice hunting spots and/or close to large water bodies, to supply farms. they also grow by the sea (as fishing villages or harbors), next to enforcement centers (to serve castles/keeps/towers) or some trading route (obviously, as tradeposts). a village can eventually grow according to their power center alignment, diplomatic relations and geographical position.

about borders, they are usually set by natural barriers (forests, mountain ranges, rivers) or diplomacy. keep in mind that diplomacy is not really a precise way to do it, cuz one will always try to push the border through the neightbor's side (that's why they need castles/keeps/towers anyway). there are also feuds with "savage" tribes, that was already there when the "civilized" ones arrived...

hope it helps you...
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:iconmoonmansartworks:
MoonmansArtworks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! This does help. :)
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Platypusofdoom Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Man, do I wish I could draw coastlines as detailed as these
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:iconmaximeplasse:
MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
Thanks :)
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KittyWarlord Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This map is amazing! Definitely watching you, and bookmarking plenty of these for a bit of inspiration for a map I hope to create in the future.
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Thank you !
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Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I have to say, seeing a place name "Nightfall" on this map makes me worry, because I lay claim to a copyright on "Nightfall" for a family name and name of a castle in a fantasy fiction setting of mine. I can see no infringement is meant, and that plenty of names here are blatantly ripped off from elsewhere, so it's clearly not a super-serious creative piece. but still, it bothers me.

I'm not sure exactly how much harm it can do, if any. but I do recall hearing somewhere that copyrights can be forfeited if they aren't defended pretty aggressively (a flaw in the system, if you ask me. we definitely need to reform our intellectual property laws to prevent corruption and stupidity). so I Wanna just... voice that I'm made nervous about this. I intend to publish eventually. and it's really scary when you have that name there -- one that I coined literally over a decade ago -- on an art piece that you have all rights reserved on.

I'm going to have to respectfully ask that you change that forest's name.
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
First I have to say, as you can read above, that this map was a commissioned work. Though I'm the artist that created the map, I don't have here all rights reserved on (the rights now belong to the client as you can see above). All the names were also provided by the client so if ever you think that there's any copyright infringment about some of them, I respectfully ask you to contact the client himself about it.
This said, my personal opinion is that nightfall is rather a common name and unless you have paid for a trademark on it, which is unlikely regarding the nature of the name, I doubt you would easily prove some infringment.
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Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I will contact the client then. thankyou. I just hope you can understand the worry I am having about this is all. still, I"m glad that your reply turned out less defensive than I was expecting. this is the first time I am dealing with something like this.
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krukof2 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional
Hi Twilight16Master ,
if they allow you to pay for a © on that word only , they were not  very honest with you .
But  in every countries  it's the same old story :  so many institutions  of registering for © and TM just take the money even if they know that people pay for something they can't buy ....
It's easy money ... and it represents  a lot of money every year.
You paid for nothing  because Nightfall is a word used in so many fantasy  novels, RPG, movies, comic books, illustrations, etc,  since so many decades.... for Titles ; Castles ; Family; Countries, etc  .

Few years ago some very rich people  used to buy the © of every possible titles, without no concept or ideas, they just pay for every word , or every  possible titles. The Law in a lot of countries decided that it was a scam, and it was decided that it will not be possible to do it again ...
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Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, I went and double checked all the rules on it to be sure first, and everyone has been right. now I'm dealing with filing a fraud case against the company that I went through to place the copyright.
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Scbe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't copyright something like that, copyright is designed for creative authorship. You would be looking at a trademark, but even still nightfall is quite a well known English word found in the dictionary, you would have trouble regulating the trademark, especially in the case of a name on a fantasy map.
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Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
you'd be surprised how ridiculous copyrights and trademarks can get. it's a mess, honestly, and definitely needs to be changed. more common sense reforms to intellectual property laws are in order.
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Scbe Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm aware copyright/trademarks are outdated in a lot of circumstances - but I'm telling you, you can't copyright "nightfall", you could only copyright your story. The trademark for nightfall is already registered as well (and might I mention, a conflicting name via trademark must be offering a service/business or be used similarly, people are generally still allowed to use the word, even in stories/works of art. The only case you could enforce this is if it's not at all a common word or it's created, e.g. Google). Save you and the owner of the map the time.
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pyrofly999 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016
I like your work (of course, I'm a watcher) but there's one thing I don't like about this map...the single big continent idea. I feel like there should be a separation down the middle to show plate tectonics, moving land mass, etc. Maybe in the "V" notch where the Black Ocean meets the mountain range down to Warm Waters...as if it drifted apart (like Pangea). I do like how the Ice Summits looks like it fits into the "V" notch, suggesting it was part of the larger land millions of years ago. The nautical chart lines in the oceans are a great touch, and I like how your trees & vegetation are in places that make sense. I see too many D&D maps that have a forest butting up to a desert or something. Excellent job!
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Thank you ! The single big continent and the map dimensions were one of the (many) client's constraints I had to deal with on this commission but I see your point here.
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pyrofly999 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
I told myself that later...but it's still great. You're one of the best "world map" artists I've seen. Do you ever submit stuff to Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons?
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2016
Thank you very much for the kind words :) I think WotC already got a great set of artists making their offical maps ;)
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pyrofly999 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Nah, they have great artists for the "building maps" like Robert Lazaretti, but their world maps are kinda cruddy in my opinion. The terrain maps (of like a little trail with some trees for a small skirmish adventure) are alright, but the overall world land maps just looks pieced together and nothing makes sense. Like a bad jigsaw. Deserts don't go next to forests, or snow right next to grasslands. Your stuff makes sense, which makes fantasy that much more believable. :)  Yeah, go ahead and say it...I'm picky. haha
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
You're picky ;) :D
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Enforcer84 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is great, Maxime! I love your icons and factions. This is a gorgeous map.
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Thanks much !
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:iconrexchan:
REXchan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Whats this
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:iconmaximeplasse:
MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
This is a map, all is said above ;)
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:iconrexchan:
REXchan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ok cool
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
A fantastic map!
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Thanks Robert :)
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ReaverPan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
neat ^^
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Thank you
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ReaverPan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome ^^
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RafnMaps Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautiful! I love the 'Hús Dreki' as an Icelander :)
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
:) Thanks !
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Thomas-Rey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016
C'est vraiment une carte superbe et le projet pédalo a l'air assez dingue aussi ! Beau boulot !
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:iconmaximeplasse:
MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Merci Thomas :)
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Scbe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite a piece, really cool stuff man!
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
 Thank you!
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