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    Wip Surroundings of a fallen empire

    So, I began sketching a new mapÖ Iíll be posting the progress here

    First I made a rough sketch of the continent Iíll be drawing. I intend it to cover most of a hemisphere, so the mountains and rivers and all that will be shrunk to more realistic sizes. I'm not sure on the orientation, but I think it'll be this way.
    Surroundings of a fallen empire-skiss.jpg

    Then I spent a long time trying to decide what kind of projection to use. In the end I chose one I liked the look of, and it is for hemispheres so it suits this project. Being a cartography noob, I thought it looked easy to draw as well. It was hardÖ
    But Iím pretty happy with how it turned out. I only have the non-inked grid so far, but Iíll show it. Here it is:
    Surroundings of a fallen empire-halvklot1.jpg

    Now some backstory. Basically this is a planet that was hit by a massive meteor, which caused the spin to change and lock it to always show the same side to itís sun. Itís got a really strong magnetic field to protect it from the constant radiation, and itís probably a bit further away from the sun than the Earth is. There are some civilizations in the dusk/dawn areas. Iíll be mapping the dayside, since the nightside is uncharted. It also makes a more interesting map, as the nightside would be pitch black

    If anyone else wants to draw this kind of projection (is it called Wulff net? I think so) by hand, I came up with two equations to determine at what points the longitudes intersect the equator. Thereís probably a better way, as this one requires you to draw the arcs freehand, but if no one finds it helpful it might at least be amusing how weirdly I did this. The equations are:

    (r-36y)/9=x
    (1/21)x=y

    where r is the radius of the map and x the distance from the center to the first intersection. The distance to the next is then x+y, to the third itís x+2y, and so on. Also note that it only works in maps where the lines are 10 degrees apart. I tried to make a general version, butÖ failed. Could make another try if anyone is interested.

    Anyway, that was just a side note. Probably useless. Next Iíll start drawing the actual map

    Thanks for looking!

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    The concept of this world sounds really interesting!
    Looking forward to get to see more of it!

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    Sorry for taking so long! Here's where I'm at now:
    Surroundings of a fallen empire-halvklot2.jpg

    Maybe it's to fuzzy to see, but if you find anything I should change before inking it, I'd be glad to hear it!

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    I don't think your planet grid is correct. Latitudes lines shouldn't be so curved at the poles...

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    They can be, since it's a global projection in 2d.

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    Hmm not really convinced about that projection in 2d so but well it's a matter of taste I guess

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    Well, the only tools I used were a ruler and a protractor to plot points, so the lines are not perfect, but I am pretty sure they should have that curve. Take a look at this old map with the same projection:
    File:Novissima totius tarrarum orbis tabula, Auctore Hugonis Allardi.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
    There are many like it on Wikimedia Commons and the longitudes and latitudes all look like this.

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    Haha, I'm so slow at this, it's almost thread necromancy to update

    The map is now inked, and the picture is quite a bit bigger (and clearer) so it should be easier to see.
    Surroundings of a fallen empire-halvklot3.jpg

    Still not sure what to do with the space around the map, I just know I want something purely decorative there. My ideas are to either draw a few scenes or places from the world, or some ancient Greece-inspired statues that sort of hold up the map. I think I'll make some more sketches.

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