Big Map Attack
The Dungeon Master Experience
Step 6. Add Cliffs
Using my pencil and eraser tools, I carefully extend the 100-foot cliffs around the rest of the island, except for a short section to the south. I make sure there are no gaps in the linework, so that I don’t run into problems when it comes time to paint sections of the map with color.
Step 7. Add Hills
This is an island inhabited by hill giants, so I figure it needs hills! I draw several low hills at the base of the volcano, as well as a rocky rise at the southern tip of the island where the petrified dragon is perched.
Step 8. Add a Dock
Using the eraser, I erase a small bit of the island outline. Then I use my pencil to draw a stone dock protruding from the island. If it doesn’t look right the first time, I erase it and try again. Up to this point, everything has been drawn on one layer.
Step 9. Create a New Layer
I’m ready to start adding details to my map. I create a new layer and call it “Hill Giant Homestead.”
Step 10. Draw a House
My layers appear in the toolbar along the right side of the screen. Using my pencil and mouse, I draw a hill giant homestead anywhere on the map; because it’s on a separate layer, nothing I do will affect the rest of the map. I draw the house bigger than it will appear in the final, so that I can get the detail I want. It looks like something the Flintstones might build, but which seems appropriate for a hill giant dwelling.