View Full Version : Dry Erase Globe

Sam Conifer
01-14-2011, 01:58 AM
I just sort of thought of a great idea I'm sure that many other cartographers must have had at some point. I want to make a world map, but I feel I need a real globe object to help me imagine what some of the maps would look like. The biggest reason for this is that I want to have a lot of activity near the poles of a world as well as equator activity. I did a search online for world globes and found that they actually make dry erase globes. What a great idea I thought, except that all the globes I have found seem to have Earth geography already on them. Has anyone ever done any extensive searching for what I guess might be a dry erase globe that has no markings on it or one that was found to be easy to use for fantasy cartography?

oops, nevermind I found an old post here

01-14-2011, 04:48 AM
Just to add to the comments there: You can buy bowling balls on ebay very cheaply (although with the weight the postage might be hellish) - best to see if you can find a local seller - I would guess in the US you wouldn't have much of a problem given the popularity of the sport. Just polyfilla in the holes and overpaint it....make sure it's one of the lighter balls!

Wonko the Sane
01-14-2011, 08:04 AM
When you buy a custom bowling ball, don't they drill the holes to fit your fingers/hand?

01-14-2011, 08:11 AM
Have a search on google for "Stability balls". Weird I know but I think this would be a close match.

01-14-2011, 08:14 AM
The simplest way to make poles is to draw your equatorial and polar stuff in two separate portions, by using a projection converter to move the poles to the equator.

I've made a tutorial for this, though the theme is more of "how to fix your poles", but the same basic principles are applicable to actually designing the poles as well.


If you're thinking about tectonics type stuff (where the plates don't just magically ignore the poles), then a globe would be better, yes.

01-14-2011, 02:28 PM
Have a search on google for "Stability balls". Weird I know but I think this would be a close match.

I once drew a world map on one of those inflatable balls you can find in almost any store with a toys section (Wal-Mart in my case). It took a bit of searching, but I did manage to find one that had a very subtle swirly decoration in a light color that I could easily draw on with a marker. That would be similar to the stability ball, but you'd get a better choice of sizes. It can take some time to find one with a reasonable color, though.