View Full Version : The Wide Wild Field - Comission

11-13-2013, 01:09 PM
This was a bit of a deviation for me - I was asked to illustrate a map for a to-be-released collection of children's stories, "The Wide, Wild Field" by Becca Price (http://www.wyrmtalespress.com/).

More of an illustration than a map, it depicts the imaginary world in a field beyond the hedge where the characters from the story live.

I started with a perspective guide and hand sketched out a proposal, then brought it into Gimp where everything was drawn by tablet. I blocked the houses in sketchup to match the perspective and brought those into Gimp as a guide to draw them in fully and add detail.

Labeling was in Inkscape.

The colouring was done after in Gimp, going for a Dr. Seuss palette.

The original B&W drawing was the same physical size, but 300DPI. I also provided a B&W ebook version (600x500px) with the border cropped out, some sharpening, and colour reduction to 16 shades of gray.

-Rob A>

11-13-2013, 02:03 PM
I really love it. It has a Winnie the Pooh flavour to it. I really like the perspective.

11-13-2013, 03:20 PM
I love the facial expression of the frog. :P

You certainly got that Dr. Seuss color scheme you were looking for. Nice to see such a brightly colored, happy map for once. A lot of the folks on here tend to make stuff dark and gloomy (though sometimes that's good).


11-13-2013, 04:26 PM
Perfect look for a children's book, I'm sure she is pleased with it.