Lo and behold, Dragon made a planet!! Oh, I'm so very proud of myself so forgive me if I brag a little bit - way too much. I'm in the process of learning Photoshop and as an exercise to better learn the tools, I asked Sir Jeffrey S. Hargett if I could borrow the map he did for his book "Strands of Pattern". He kindly agreed to let his world be subject of experimentation, all for academic purposes.
NASA Visible Earth. If you have a moment to be amazed by amazing shots of our planet, go there.
It all started with the topography of Spain...That was the base canvas, a good start.
It only needed a few changes, so I sent my dwarves out for the search. "Bring me mountains! Let's take the mountains off from right and get higher mountains in the north. The Alps with a bit of Himalayas. Tassin, bring some volcanos! The Stromboli, the Colima, this in Nepal looks good, Kasakstan? Where's that? Ah, a Canadian glacier! Mountain? Mmm... spin it like this and it looks like a sugar virgin snack. We'll use it! Holy Scales, we're missing the rivers! No river big enough, let's pain them. Two more. No. Three. This has a lake. What do you mean this is not a mountain? It's a forest, you sure? I don't remember forests look like that at dragon's flight. Ok, more forest. Hills. Not hilly enough. Ah, there it is!"
Wrapping the land in a 3D sphere was not easy. Dragon destroyed many spheres and got glue all over the dwarves but finally it was done. Few hundreds of hours, overly sweaty scales, trembling pulse and tons of dragon cursing later I had managed the space point of view- stratospheric look. (Alright, alright, it was more like minutes but all the rest is accurate.) Anyway, to be my very first try at this, the result is pretty amazing, isn't it? Yes, I can't help it. I'm really strutting around the cave today, feeling brilliant, divine and all stuff. After all, I've just made a planet! Look everyone, I've made a planet!!!