Illo Journal Project Update #8.1

So I’ve found that the image is not saving the same as it was created due to screen height, angle and filtering. I am reintroducing the geographical map of Ba’anta. this is much closer to the original tonal values. Constructive critiques and comments are stil very welcome!

Revised Brightness

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Previous Brightness

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Illo Journal Project Update #8

I present to you, with revised techniques, the “Geographical Map of Ba’anta”. I’ve used more subdued colors with the more saturated colors used on the points of interest. This piece was started with the techniques that I’m trying to adjust my style to. There are no figures in this one, which another area I’m also working on. Constructive critiques and comments are very welcome.

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Illo Journal Project Update #7

Ba’anta is divided basically into these regions:

The Tuac Mountains are to the northwest. Betkur is the river running from north to south through this region. The D’tir River crosses from east to west in the northern section. Lake Nor sits atop Mount Kar and flows down the mountain to the southwest. Lake Kir branches off the Betkur River to the north of the lake and returns south of the lake. The Moru River runs from the Betkur southwest to the Odi Ocean bordering the southern end of the Tuac Range.

Detral is a low valley region east of the Tuac Mountains. There is the small Mek Range in the northwest corner. East of this range is the Bol Forrest that reaches to the Umbur Ocean. The River Trel runs from north to south and divides the continent. To the east is the Great Sudr Lake, which flows west as the Tomal River, south as the Bez River and east as the Vor River.

The Sul’r Island are off the west coast of Ba’anta. Mount Tel sits in the southwest corner of the continent. It’s bordered by the Moru River to the north and the Betkur River to the east. the Tem Plains are to the east of the Betkur and is bordered by the southern River Trel. The Nir Forrest reaches from the River Trel to the Bez River. It is bordered by the Kauld Sea to the south. The Fra Plateau is in the southeast corner of the continent. Lake Eir flows from the top of the plateau southeast as the Ul River and Falls to the Umbur Ocean.

More details to come as we delve into each region.

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New Journals 1

The first journal has been working so well and I’ve had new ideas that I don’t want to loose. I’ve decided to start a couple of new ones.


The journal with the circular paterns will be the new home of the story that has Stinger in it.

The other new journal is planned to be used for new ideas.

Also, these two are set up left handed.

I’m glad I finally decided to do these journals. Looks like it’s time to get drawing! 

Illo Journal Project Update #6

OK, it’s time to properly introduce things. I’ll be re-posting the previous images with things named this time. I had trouble renaming things. My original plan turns out having minor unintentional relation to other well known stories. So to keep things more original, I’ve struggled through the re-naming process. So here goes:

In the upper right corner is the planet Terrene with its three satellites Nera (bottom left), Choe (center) and Jolu (upper left center). Terrene orbits Empre, its sun. The Empreal system travels in the outer fringe if the Halcyon Voluted galaxy.

Ba’anta is the major continent of Terrene. To the north, Ba’anta is bordered by Brumal, the northern ice cap. Across the T’al Ocean to the east is Ignitrius Island. Southward is the Irasuvian Peninsula across the Ycu Sea. It is bordered to the south by the Algid polar cap. Off the southwest coast are the Cei Mar Di Islands. Far across the Odi Ocean is a smaller unexplored continent that has not been named.

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….. More to follow…..

Illo Journal Project Update #5

First of all I want to apologize for the delay in this update. My paying job has changed and really consumes so much of my time. I hope to be able to keep more frequent updates coming. Thanks for your support and for following my work!

In update #5 we can see a view of the garrison and lighthouse. The guardhouse and local military post are here.

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The lighthouse has a large a flame altar that is kept light at night to help guide ships into and out of the port.

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Here is a view of one of two guard barracks inside the garrison.

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In the next update I plan to have (re)names worked out for everything created currently.