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Eochaid
10-02-2012, 04:52 PM
Hi everyone!

Introducing my new project: in order to practice my pen-and-ink drawing, I decided to map the whole of Westeros (from A Song of Ice and Fire, by G.R.R. Martin) at 1mm:2miles scale, on A3 (297mmx420mm) sheets. That's a total of 15 maps (!), I don't know if I'll be able/have the motivation to see it to the end, but I'll try!

Here's my planned cut (thanks Tear for the basemap (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?6683-Westeros-a-fan-project)...):

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And the beginning of my work on the first map (going north to south for now: Beyond the Wall):

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My plan is to use a style " la" Karen Fonstad, as the Gondor map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?19982-Two-handdrawn-maps-Welg-and-Gondor) I reproduced some time ago.

I'll have to find a way to scan A3 sheets though, there is a bit of distortion at the center where I joined the two halves of the map...

I'll post my progress from time to time (I hope regularly... but being in the middle of a P.H.D., that's not guaranteed), feel free to comment and especially to give some advice, since the main goal of the adventure is to practice and improve myself...

Savannah
10-02-2012, 05:04 PM
Wow, that is an epic project! Good luck :)

Lukc
10-02-2012, 05:59 PM
A fascinating project, and I see you're planning on using Karen Wynn Fonstad's mountains from the Atlas of Middle Earth. I love that book. It helped start my mapping, too! :)

arsheesh
10-02-2012, 06:46 PM
Looks like a worthwhile project. Look forward to seeing it progress.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Eochaid
11-21-2012, 05:31 PM
Hi everyone!

It's been quite a long time since the first sketch of the map... But it is now done! I present to you: Beyond the Wall.

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As always, don't hesitate to post comments, this is a training project, so ANY type of feedback is important: what you find good, bad, not so great, any advice, etc.

The next map should be smaller, since I'll be mapping the area just west of this one: Skagos. And I'll be applying the feedback from you guys. Hopefully in 15 maps the style will be decent (and production time faster).

arsheesh
11-21-2012, 06:24 PM
Wow! That is fantastic work Eochaid. I really like the way you did the mountain contours. Have some rep!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Commander Freddy
11-22-2012, 04:35 AM
This project is momentous and you're doing incredibly so far! All the best for the other 14 maps, and I hope they turn out as great as this one!

Lukc
11-26-2012, 06:10 AM
An impressive piece of work inderdad!

Comment wise: did you think about maybe doing the labelling on a separate sheet of paper or on tracing paper? that way you could compose the two together digitally & it would probably be easier to make smooth looking labels.

Lalaithion
11-26-2012, 06:17 PM
This is really impressive. Reminds me of the maps in The Atlas of Middle Earth.

Eochaid
11-27-2012, 06:57 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words and comments!

@Lukc: I didn't think about it, no... but I think, for this project at least, that I prefer having a 100% completely hand-drawn map, and no tinkering with the computer. But that's a good idea for future, and more digitally-oriented projects.

@Lalaithion: Yes indeed... Where do you think I picked this style? ;)

As for the update, I drew the coasts and labels for Skagos, I hope to finish the map soon... But the elements left are mountains and forests, not the easiest and quickest things to draw...

Schwarzkreuz
12-05-2012, 07:50 AM
Thats some impressing Handwork here!

Eochaid
01-17-2013, 02:36 PM
Hello everyone,

it took time, but it is finally done... I present to you, the map of the Bay of Seals. It should roughly overlap with the first map, "Beyond the Wall".

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The next step will most likely be the Bay of Ice (yes, I'm into bays these times...), but I think I'll do some other projects in the mean time: I'm preparing an Ars Magica campaign, and that means of course a few maps... I already posted a map here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/21598-handdrawn-map-go%EBlo-county.html), but I'm bound to draw it again (I did some more research, and there are some errors and missing elements...), and add a few other maps. So don't worry if the next one takes some time to come.

Thanks to - Max - (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/-+max+-.html) for the rep, it gave me the little nudge necessary to finish this map...

As always, feel free to comment and give some advice!

- Max -
01-17-2013, 03:12 PM
Nice effort there though, after having looked at your maps several times that moutains looks a bit odd to my eyes and I really think that terrains could get more work - more than white areas ;)

Keep up the good work

Freehand 5.5
01-17-2013, 04:16 PM
Your lineart should be more disciplined, but I think this will come with more exercise.
Perhaps you should use a better pen to get more precision to your lines.

And I must admit, I don't like the mountains. It would be better to get them a bit of perspective and shading.

My advice would be, not to start with a complete map with hours of work, but first do some trying out on a scrap paper.
Did you try a few variation concept of mountains before you started? For me it looks more like taking the first idea you got.

Despite this, i like your project though.
The black lettering is very nice, too. One can see that you're a skilled scribe.

Eochaid
01-17-2013, 07:01 PM
Thanks for your advice.

The idea behind this project was to have a lot of drawing to do, to be able to improve by repetition, and to allow myself some experiment in the process --- I have some difficulties drawing just to experiment... I lack the whole image when drawing on scrap paper, and I don't like working "for nothing". I'll have to be a little harder on myself.

As for the precision of the lines, I did try to draw this map quite quickly (to see how it went... mountains and forests were drawn in little more than 1 hour. I was a little more careful of coasts and labels, but i doubt more than 4 hours went into this one)... so I guess this shows. The scan is on 600dpi, though, so the resolution is perhaps a bit too much and details too visible --- the original is drawn on a A4 sheet. But you are completely right. My pens are quite used (and misused), too! I should change them someday.

Anyway, thank a lot for the feedback, it means a lot to me. The next map will build on this, and we'll hopefully have some better mountains and lines!