View Full Version : Surroundings of a fallen empire

12-20-2012, 05:22 PM
So, I began sketching a new mapÖ Iíll be posting the progress here :)

First I made a rough sketch of the continent Iíll be drawing. I intend it to cover most of a hemisphere, so the mountains and rivers and all that will be shrunk to more realistic sizes. I'm not sure on the orientation, but I think it'll be this way.

Then I spent a long time trying to decide what kind of projection to use. In the end I chose one I liked the look of, and it is for hemispheres so it suits this project. Being a cartography noob, I thought it looked easy to draw as well. It was hardÖ
But Iím pretty happy with how it turned out. I only have the non-inked grid so far, but Iíll show it. Here it is:

Now some backstory. Basically this is a planet that was hit by a massive meteor, which caused the spin to change and lock it to always show the same side to itís sun. Itís got a really strong magnetic field to protect it from the constant radiation, and itís probably a bit further away from the sun than the Earth is. There are some civilizations in the dusk/dawn areas. Iíll be mapping the dayside, since the nightside is uncharted. It also makes a more interesting map, as the nightside would be pitch black ;)

If anyone else wants to draw this kind of projection (is it called Wulff net? I think so) by hand, I came up with two equations to determine at what points the longitudes intersect the equator. Thereís probably a better way, as this one requires you to draw the arcs freehand, but if no one finds it helpful it might at least be amusing how weirdly I did this. The equations are:


where r is the radius of the map and x the distance from the center to the first intersection. The distance to the next is then x+y, to the third itís x+2y, and so on. Also note that it only works in maps where the lines are 10 degrees apart. I tried to make a general version, butÖ failed. Could make another try if anyone is interested.

Anyway, that was just a side note. Probably useless. Next Iíll start drawing the actual map :)

Thanks for looking!

12-26-2012, 01:04 PM
The concept of this world sounds really interesting! ;)
Looking forward to get to see more of it!

01-08-2013, 11:46 AM
Sorry for taking so long! Here's where I'm at now:

Maybe it's to fuzzy to see, but if you find anything I should change before inking it, I'd be glad to hear it!

- Max -
01-08-2013, 12:34 PM
I don't think your planet grid is correct. Latitudes lines shouldn't be so curved at the poles...

01-08-2013, 09:52 PM
They can be, since it's a global projection in 2d.

- Max -
01-08-2013, 09:57 PM
Hmm not really convinced about that projection in 2d so but well it's a matter of taste I guess :)

01-11-2013, 05:21 AM
Well, the only tools I used were a ruler and a protractor to plot points, so the lines are not perfect, but I am pretty sure they should have that curve. Take a look at this old map with the same projection:
File:Novissima totius tarrarum orbis tabula, Auctore Hugonis Allardi.jpg - Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Novissima_totius_tarrarum_orbis_tabula,_Aucto re_Hugonis_Allardi.jpg)
There are many like it on Wikimedia Commons and the longitudes and latitudes all look like this.

01-24-2013, 10:22 AM
Haha, I'm so slow at this, it's almost thread necromancy to update :blush:

The map is now inked, and the picture is quite a bit bigger (and clearer) so it should be easier to see.

Still not sure what to do with the space around the map, I just know I want something purely decorative there. My ideas are to either draw a few scenes or places from the world, or some ancient Greece-inspired statues that sort of hold up the map. I think I'll make some more sketches.