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zippymalone
06-10-2010, 06:15 PM
Heya Cartographers' Guild,

I haven't posted here in a while as unfortunately I haven't been doing many maps. Inspiration struck last night though and I produced these two maps that I thought I'd share with you all. Both maps are made in the style of a map from Lord of the Rings Online, and major credit goes to the artist who originally made those. While most aspects of my maps are drawn by myself, to cut down drawing every single tree, mountain or what have you I have borrowed assets as well. The maps are of real locations in California, one is the SF Bay Area and the other is Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

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Anderson Valley

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San Francisco Bay Area

Thanks!

Aval Penworth
06-10-2010, 09:21 PM
Now this sort of thing could be very sell-able! Inkjet print onto 11x14 art stock. On consignment at tourist shops? You'd probably need to make them a little less 'computery' though.

I saw tourists in Sausilito paying up to $350 for prints of hand drawn maps of the bay area.

In fact LOTR style maps of most tourist destinations would probably sell in tourist shops. England and New Zealand especially.

ravells
06-10-2010, 09:33 PM
That is really cool!! Beautiful maps too!

zippymalone
06-10-2010, 11:32 PM
That is really cool!! Beautiful maps too!

Thanks a lot :) Very fun to make, I'll have to sit down and actually draw out everything at some point.


Now this sort of thing could be very sell-able! Inkjet print onto 11x14 art stock. On consignment at tourist shops? You'd probably need to make them a little less 'computery' though.

I saw tourists in Sausilito paying up to $350 for prints of hand drawn maps of the bay area.

In fact LOTR style maps of most tourist destinations would probably sell in tourist shops. England and New Zealand especially.

Never even thought of that. I live near Mendocino where I see people buying some hand drawn maps of the coast all the time too. I would probably sell them but the imagery is probably copyrighted by Turbine. I doubt they'd ever find out but I like Turbine so I'd probably just stick to selling anything I made fully.

Also just finished up Marin County this afternoon, I plan on eventually connecting all of these areas. Only Sonoma County left to connect Anderson Valley to the Bay Area :)

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ROU Xenophobe
06-11-2010, 11:21 AM
So, does this make Orange County Mordor? :)

Natai
06-11-2010, 12:04 PM
Having moved here recently, I might be convinced to purchase such a map of California, particularly as a poster print a la deviantArt.

zippymalone
06-11-2010, 01:27 PM
So, does this make Orange County Mordor? :)

Truth be told, I was thinking of either doing LA or Detroit in that kind of style ;)


Having moved here recently, I might be convinced to purchase such a map of California, particularly as a poster print a la deviantArt.

I've been uploading these to DeviantArt as well as compiling a large version of all of them. When I finish all of Northern California I'll probably make it a print.

Also I made Sonoma County last night by a friend's request. I think I'm going to hold off bumping this thread again until I finish an entire region though :)

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ravells
06-11-2010, 01:39 PM
Can't wait to see it!!

Diamond
06-12-2010, 01:18 AM
I live in San Mateo, and I'm incredibly offended that my city is not labelled. :D Just kidding.

These are most excellent.

tilt
06-12-2010, 02:40 AM
really nice... been thinking of doing some real world maps also, but in fantasy style like you - cause normal mapping styles you can get everywhere....
and as Aval said they'd fit nice in a tourists shopping spree ... or locals for that sake. Maybe I should start on Denmark :)

cjs0216
07-29-2010, 08:21 PM
...wow...i wish that i could make maps in that style and be consistant with it...great job

Jaxilon
07-29-2010, 08:24 PM
Hehe, maybe the Riders of Rohan can be surfer dudes :)

landorl
07-30-2010, 12:56 AM
These maps are a lot of fun. They look just like the LOTRO maps!

Redrobes
07-30-2010, 09:03 PM
I didn't catch these maps first time around and they are very cool. I mail all sorts of people as part of work in these places - Milpitas, Sunneyvale and Palo Alto and never had the slightest clue where in the region they were. Of all the maps I have looked at of this area these are the clearest for people without the need of getting around there. I could see these selling as a novelty tourist pack too.