View Full Version : Ysi Earth II This Time It's Personal

04-20-2009, 05:01 PM
Tired movie subtitle jokes aside, I think I can safely say I am done with my second rendition of the Ysi Earth world map.

The projection of the map is done by two Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area hemispheres, arranged south-pole to south-pole (instead of the more usual east-side to west-side rispek yo).

The map is populated by lots of pictures.

I don't think anything on this map has come from anywhere but my own hands. This doesn't even have fontage, because I used a neography (constructed script "conscript") of my own. At the most I traced animal photos to do the animals. The rhino-like creature was based on Dürer's Rhino, the monoceros on a Wikipedia Commons picture of antilopes, the jumping birdwhale on a picture of a jumping orca and the gripps on dinosaur paintings. The mountains are hand-drawn, but the cities and trees I made brushes for.

I am quite happy with the human figures because I didn't use any model for them. The hands on the Sealer (upper left corner) turned out surprisingly well in retrospect.

Some of the images on the map depict general knowledge about the world, but much is specific to the creator of the map. Within the story of Ysi, this map is unique -- there is no other world map on that Earth. Its creation is a consequence of my novel, King of Nowhere, and later stories (and the rewrite of King of Nowhere) will go more into de- agh god

i just remembered a great picture i should have added

from KoNW

i mean

it's a pretty big thing to forget


I'll live.

04-20-2009, 05:17 PM
When I look at that map, it feels like I am looking at a relic from another time and another earth. ;) Well done.

Steel General
04-20-2009, 06:05 PM

Blaidd Drwg
04-21-2009, 01:48 AM
Dude, this is totally insane. But in a very cool way, of course ;)
The style is really unique. And amount of detail is just scary...

Is there a conlang to match the conscript, by any chance? :D

04-21-2009, 04:36 AM
Is there a conlang to match the conscript, by any chance? :D

Nah, I always get bored with conlangs, not enough instant gratification. The conscript was made for a certain phonology, though (and thus it sets up constraints on what can written in it), so you could see this map as having all names written in Über-Foreignese, a mixture of how English transcripted foreign words during the imperialist era and Japanese Engrish kana-spelling :D

04-21-2009, 05:48 AM
Amazing work. I second Turgenev's remarks - it's like some ancient vellum scroll that was written centuries ago. It's been very interesting to watch how you have developed this.
If there's one thing on it I'm not too fond of it's some of the extra drawings you placed on like the shepherd which looks too cartoony to me, and the smith and the tree which, although I like, made that area seemed cluttered and I preferred the previous version.

But still, it's amazing work.

I know people don't do these things for the rep but I look at your current 45 score and I have to wonder why it is so low. Compared to some others who have produced much less original, detailed, artistic and groundbreaking work you are not getting the rep you deserve.

For what it's worth, you can have my +1 rep point. :)

04-21-2009, 09:17 AM
For what it's worth, you can have my +1 rep point. :)

I repped this in the WIP thread several versions ago, and I've been looking for other folks to rep so I can hit this again, but I still need to spread it more around first.

Anyway, I think this is really great looking.

04-28-2009, 02:56 PM
I've already praised this work in its WIP thread, and repped there too... So I will not repeat myself, no way.

Oh my, this is great!!! :D Awesome! Ingenious! :D I'm speechless...
Naeddyr rocks ;)

Steel General
04-28-2009, 02:59 PM
I would suggest talking with GamerPrinter about having this printed.

This would look incredible framed and hung on a wall in a library/study/office/etc.

04-28-2009, 03:12 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I think this map is destined for a greater place! I've been kind of waiting for you to post it here for ages!

Have some rep!

04-28-2009, 03:34 PM
Heh, jump on the hunab.ump bandwagon, guys. :D I thought this topic had fallen off the radar, but it seems it has been necromancered back to unlife.

Anyhow, I want to thank all my fans and supporters out there, you know who you are, for your continuing support during these testing times, as they say, the rest is "the show must go on", give peas a chance, history will show and chickens cross the road safely y'all! ramalamadingdong

Steel General: I suspect I would have to make a higher DPI image for that, not impossible, most of the real work was vectors, *AND* all the images with detail were originally drawn double size. It would be death for GIMP, though, even the current version's post-process .xcf is over 80 megs on the HD! Larger images would bring it to its knees, hipcaps and low ribcage. Question is, can I make money out of this?

also jesus my rep jumped from 45 to 60 in one Ravell. :| no wonder the distribution of rep is so random.

04-28-2009, 03:41 PM
The more you get the more you can give. Welcome to the featured map club!