Above is the small version of the map I made for the "Make Something" project I assigned in my class. I used pencil to sketch the landforms, then went back and traced the coastline with a fine point black Sharpie. I traced the rivers with a fine point blue Sharpie. The water is colored with a mixture of colored pencil and crayon, while the land color is all colored pencil. Part of the reason I drew a small version first was to practice with technique and color, hence the hodgepodge of color and materials. If it's not apparent, this is a desert region -- one I hope to develop into a campaign setting one day.
The larger version is about 18" x 24". It's on a different type and color of paper, which really changed the way the colors turned out. On the larger version, I ended up not coloring in all of the land, leaving large spots "blank". I am not sure if it looks better to color everything (as above) or just color in the landforms that are particular (like deserts, jungles, etc).
What do you think?