It's April, and our monthly challenge, courtesy of isleño, has to do with water! The results of last month's challenge, rail, was wonderful. If you didn't get to work on rail during March, don't fret; you can always go back and review Eklas's wonderful bliki posts about how to design a rail network. If you did work on railways, feel free to your work to the challenge page over on the wiki.
Lakes and Rivers
Inland waterways, such as lakes and rivers, are an often overlooked aspect of mapping on OGF. I know that most users are not hydrology experts, and I definitely do not profess to be one. I do know, however, that we have a pretty good primer for how to draw rivers. One thing that gets overlooked, however, is the detailing of the riverbanks or lakeshores.
For this month's challenge, there are three tiers:
- Easy: Draw a river and/or lake, and make it as realistic as possible. Remember that lakes form where water cannot quickly drain into the channel downstream or where there is no outflow altogether. Also keep in mind the direction of the flow when drawing it on the map.
- Medium: Draw a river and/or lake, and incorporate it into the surrounding landscape. Place forests, scrub, wetlands, agricultural facilities, etc. If there is a floodplain, try to indicate it in some way.
- Hard: Complete the medium challenge and incorporate man-made works like dams, in-flowing drainage ditches, levees, mills, races, etc.
As you complete your new work, share it below or in a bliki. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask a friend!
Now, let's get mapping! Good luck, everyone!