View Full Version : Lacertus – commissioned map for a novel

08-02-2013, 02:32 AM
Here's my latest map, a commission for the writer Kassim Massop. I don't know much about the world so I don't have a lot to say about it… But he wanted something similar to the LotR maps in style, and had a sketch of the landmasses' general shape and the cities' locations, otherwise I was given a lot of freedom. I would have liked to make the labels smaller, but the final print size may be as small as A5 so I was worried they would become illegible if I shrunk them more.

Most of the map is watercolors on an A4 paper, the forests are made with a PS brush from a scanned tree icon, and labels were added in Illustrator.

The Flanston
08-02-2013, 03:39 AM
Nice job Lingon (I'm guessing Swedish or Norwegian? ;)

I am on the look out for a map myself. Do you perhaps have an album that I could take a look at?


08-02-2013, 03:54 AM
Thanks, Flanston! I'm Swedish, yes :)

Sure, I have an album! Here it is: Lingon's Album: Finished maps (http://www.cartographersguild.com/members/lingon-albums-finished+maps.html)

08-02-2013, 04:51 AM
Nice work Lingon. Sketch work is great and I dig the compass rose. The fuzziness of the border doesn't seem to compliment the map very well though in my opinion. I could see something with rough, aged and possibly torn edges working well as an alternative.


- Max -
08-02-2013, 05:17 AM
Pretty nice sketchy job Lingon! I concur with Arsheesh on the border though, it really doesn't fit the map and looks too blurry/fuzzy/poor quality.

08-02-2013, 03:42 PM
Thanks guys! Now that you point it out, I totally agree about the border… shouldn't have blurred it so much. My client was happy so I won't redo it, but it's another thing I'll add to my list of stuff to keep in mind!