View Full Version : What an awesome site! I'm so happy to have found it.

06-20-2009, 11:17 AM
Hello, everyone. I've been a map fanatic since I was a little kid. I really like whimsical maps, i.e. maps that may not be to scale with certain landmarks or features exaggerated for emphasis and/or depictions of residents of the map going about their business.

My love affair with cartography started when I was about five years old and my family took a tour of Bellingrath Gardens. (http://www.bellingrath.org/component/option,com_sitemap/Itemid,82/) At the door, they gave away a neat little map of the estate. It was a cartoonish depiction of the park with bright colors showing the little winding paths, larger-than-life items of interest and happy characters enjoying their stroll. It wasn't realistic or to any kind of scale, but even a little kid could find their way around the gardens using it.

I'm still something of a luddite. Although I am trained in computer graphics and my job calls for me to create graphics primarily on the computer, I still prefer the feel of drawing by hand. The best Wacom in the world just can't compare to pencil & paper.

I've had a chance to look around the site and love what I'm seeing so far. I hope to start posting some of my own maps, soon. Since most of them are hand-drawn and quite large, though, I'll either have to draw some digital maps or try to make some good scans of the physical ones.

Steel General
06-20-2009, 12:32 PM
Welcome Aboard!

06-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Welcome. I like those maps too, wish you still had a copy to post it up.

06-20-2009, 12:41 PM
So do I. I got it back in 1975 and I don't think they give those out any more. It was one of my prized childhood possessions, along with a souvenir scarf that was a map of Florida from the late sixties, a gift from an aunt who had gone there on vacation.

Unfortunately, both were lost during a move my family made from Alabama to Florida when I was about eleven years old.

06-21-2009, 10:11 AM
Can't wait to see them. Welcome - I suspect you're going to be a very high contributing member! It would be nice to have more handdrawn maps on the site. It's very hard to mimic the character of handdrawn with filters etc.

06-21-2009, 10:12 AM
Welcome to the Guild!