Ukiyo-e styled maps - my own challenge
There's been a mapping project on my mind for quite a while now, my own Superstition Valley map which was more "artistic" than functional - its in the same theme of my next project.
In case anyone didn't know, I am half Japanese (my mother's full japanese), and I've been wanting to create authentic looking but artistically stylized maps in the style of Japanese wood-block printing or Ukiyo-e (Yu-key-oh-eh).
I'm currently researching both Japanese Ukiyo-e maps and Ukiyo-e landscape prints for mountain samples, waterfalls, coastlines, forests, lakes and rivers, structures (castles/pagodas/towns) and folklore monsters.
I've attached some Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and maps to give you an idea of what I working with. Curious these maps/prints were created prior to America opening up Japan in 1868, yet they have meridians and parallels...
Though the attached maps are true map, I plan to create a ficticious map of possible Japanese Island. Of course I plan to also create all pertinent map objects and have available for purchase/download. 8)
Here's some non-map Ukiyo-e references...
Again since this is supposed to be a fantasy map, I will also be creating monsters, people, landscape objects to be used as map objects...
3. Hokusai's waterfall
Rather than the previous map samples, think of the map I'm designing as more what you'd find on a Japanese Screen - more artistic than functional, though I may create towns that are more traditional maps, than my Superstition Valley - where I used single buildings to represent towns.
My first mountain objects and a sea texture...
My first attempt at creating mountain objects - studying several ukiyo-e prints from Hiroshige - a renowned Ukiyo-e landscape master.
Still needs some work, but using transparent layers in Xara to emulate watercolor.
The waves, will be used as highlights around important sites along the coast, peninsulas and such. I don't plan to cover the entire ocean surface with waves just coastline, as showing shallow waters might be used on a traditional map.
Needs work, but any feedback? 8)