View Full Version : WIP - Classic Styled World Map

11-19-2010, 03:21 AM
I'm putting everything I'm currently working with on hold until this project is complete. Looking to make a classic styled map of the planet Earth for the new apartment I'm moving into. I was commissioned by my girlfriend to create this for our new living space together and has put large emphasis on it's completion :P.

This link (http://www.history-map.com/picture/005/pictures/Vintage-World-Map-001.jpg) shows something very similar to what I want to achieve. From my understanding this is a cross between a Stereographic projection and a Azimuthal Equidistant projection for the poles. Still researching the technical aspects of making this kind of map but I look to make it accurate as possible and to scale. Also looking to have it custom printed and framed with a width ~36". Will see how this turns out. Wish me luck.

11-19-2010, 04:00 AM
good luck :) ... looks like quite a job you got ahead of you :)

11-19-2010, 04:22 AM
Very ambitious. I'm eager to see this map come into existence.

11-19-2010, 05:50 AM
I felt like I had to get something done even though a small part tonight. Here's the general layout of the four projections including the arctic/antarctic circles, tropics of Cancer/Capricorn and the equator. It should all be placed with the correct math I hope. The equator was my starting point for the layout at 30"/4500px across or 15"/2250px per hemisphere, meaning the map should be at a scale of ~1:8370000 based off the equator. I don't if the scale becomes inaccurate the further from the equator you get with this kind of equator but I have a suspicion it does. Seeing as I don't have the circumference of either circle I am unable to verify the scale. I then placed the cancers are at 23.44 degrees and the circles at 66.56 degrees respectfully and plotted where the arc would be found on its lowest point in the center of the projections. I determined these were at 73.96% the radius for the circles and 26.04% of the radius for the cancers, by dividing their appropriate angle by 90. Also calculated the length of the arc for the polar regions as being 920px. If someone could check my math I would be indebted to you. Let see if I can actually finish the work and not flounder on it for too long. Also note that I'm looking to have very little labels compared to many of the classic maps I see.

11-19-2010, 10:08 AM
I've always wanted to attempt a world map in that kind of shape.

Looks like you're moving in the right direction. :) I certainly hope she can "pay" for this commission! ;)

11-19-2010, 10:26 AM
Wow I just re-read my "math post" so non-comprehensible......ya.

11-19-2010, 11:46 AM
Wow I just re-read my "math post" so non-comprehensible......ya.

*lol*... yeah, I just skipped it.. .sorry ;)

Steel General
11-19-2010, 02:39 PM
Good luck on this, we'll be watching ;)

11-19-2010, 02:50 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing this progress. :)

11-19-2010, 09:34 PM
So I decided to start with the decals/beautifying elements since I haven't fully decided on the main map elements and I am having issues. I don't have my tablet which I ordered so it should probably help things along but I wanted to see if there is suggestions or if I fell far off the mark....which I think I have. Doing an angelic/cherubim themed decal around the northern polar region and a serpent/fallen themed decal for the southern polar region in a oil paint/sepia look. Unsure if it will work in the end even though I know I haven't added much for elements yet. Let me know if there's any suggestions to improve the look.

Edit: Also included my source, a photograph of a statuette of a cherubim.

11-19-2010, 11:46 PM
Also looking to have it custom printed and framed with a width ~36". Will see how this turns out. Wish me luck.
I wish your computer luck! ;)

Looks like it's going to be awesome, man!

11-20-2010, 09:02 PM
I don't think you have fallen far from the mark and I like the idea of having heavenly elements on top and hellish elements on the bottom. I too am tackling the task of this style of map, however, mine is more fantasy themed. During my research of this style, i found that the artists of old would fill the four empty corners of the canvas with depictions of different places, or the four seasons, or the elements fire, water, air, and earth among other things.

What do you plan on filling in the gaps with? Such as the area between the cherubim and the edges of the hemispheres. I think some clouds or some flowing cloth would look good. Maybe some sort of ivy growing up to help symbolize life.

I'm looking forward to seeing more and I'm glad to see someone else taking on a large project like this. it keeps me motivated:).

11-20-2010, 09:35 PM
I was thinking laurels, just trying to devise a way of making them work and I don't want to use bright of colors since classic styled maps use muted colors, so I'll tread lightly.