Opinions wanted for adapting an historic map
I am producing a map for a novel and need some opinions and advice. My novel is alternate history so I am taking an out of copyright 19th Century map and adapting it.
Original here: http://bardoftweedale.files.wordpres...3/original.png
And after alteration and stripping out the text (which is in German): http://bardoftweedale.files.wordpres...stripped-3.png
My problem is the existing text is in a variety of block letters and hand-writing, neither of which I have the skills to reproduce by hand. So, I’m planning to do it in inkscape but am uncertain whether to follow the looseness of the original and use a variety of typefaces to mimic the existing text in style and alignment or to apply something more formal and ‘map-like’.
It’s a question of aesthetics and (or versus!) legibility and I'd like to sound out opinion.
PS: and if there's anything else you think I could improve, please say so. I'm so green at this I've got mildew.
Adapting an 1848 pictorial map of Europe
I am first and foremost a writer, but a writer who happens to be in want of a map so I've dragged my miserable graphics skills up a level or two and produced this: http://bardoftweedale.files.wordpres...tripped-3b.png which is based on this: http://bardoftweedale.files.wordpres...3/original.png
The original map dates from 1848 and is a satirical pictorial map which needed work to fit the alternative world of my novel and the replacement of all the text, which was in German. I'd really like to know whether the new elements of the map match with the original artwork and whether the layout of the new text is working and I figure you people are the ones to ask.