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Posts Tagged ‘cartography’
Tags: barad dur, cartography, fantasy maps, gorey children, hobbit, lord of the rings, malthauser, mapping, minas morgul, mordor, mount doom, mountain ranges, sauron, the dark lord, the hobbit, you're welcome
I know that technically Mordor is in the providence of The Lord of the Rings, but my earlier post on mapping Mirkwood follows the same title format. So I stuck with it.
I’ve always wondered what produced the almost square mountain ranges that encompass most of Mordor; it’s a land that’s almost instantly recognizable on a map if you’re a fan of any fantasy whatsoever. I haven’t yet read any of the massive history tomes that Tolkien wrote, I’ve only made it through the Lord of the Rings three or four times so far. But it’s a great land to look at.
I know that in my cartography I’m not really breaking any new ground, but nonetheless I really like mapping out these places and seeing every little detail. Mordor doesn’t have nearly as many as the Wilderland map I’ve done, but still… all those mountains. Man. I had fun with this one because I used watercolors to add some extra shading/color to the mountains; in plain ink they looked a bit boring.
Enough blabber! Here are the pictures:
I’m also working on a few sketches that involve Edward Gorey-esque children – I’m getting the occasional search on the blog for “Edward Gorey children”, so I thought it appropriate to do some art that’s relevant to that, so as not to disappoint searchers.
Tags: bristol paper, cartography, fantasy map, forest, hobbit, hobbit map, kilted german, lonely mountain, malthauser, mapping, mirkwood, trees
I’ve been fascinated by fantasy maps for a long time. As a voracious reader of many novels both science fiction and fantasy, you get used to see maps at the beginning of the novel in your hands. Often these are big, elaborate affairs, where mountain ranges sprawl for hundreds of miles and towns with strange unpronounceable names dot the landscape. Finding the locations mentioned in the novel is fun, but it can be even more exciting to read the names of locales that aren’t mentioned, and wonder what’s to be found in that particular town or strange forest. ”Normal” fiction often doesn’t have these maps, and understandably so – it’s less necessary for the reader to have a map of Los Angeles than it is to include a map of Westeros. Most people are well aware of where Los Angeles can be found in relation to the rest of the United States. King’s Landing or Hobbiton might be a bit harder to relate to.
The past few days I’ve been working on the map from The Hobbit. I loved it when I first discovered the book in middle school, and I still love it today. It’s full of little details, and tells you exactly where Bilbo and Co. traveled in their adventure to the Lonely Mountain. I’m working on transcribing the map from the paperback novel I’m borrowing from a friend onto a big piece of Bristol paper, measuring 9 inches by 12. Doing so is giving me a chance to work on regular terrain features like forests and mountains, which are generally pretty abundant on fantasy worlds. I’ve finished inking the forest of Mirkwood, and the next step is to do the Misty Mountains. In today’s blog post, I’d like to share a progression of my work, starting with the Lonely Mountain and ending with the finished forest.
Tags: campaign, cartography, etsy store, greyed out, inked paper, map, mapping, mouse guard, mouse territories, northern reach, watercolor
I recently did a map for an upcoming Mouse Guard campaign that I might be running soon, and so I had the idea to post a listing in my shop for custom fantasy maps done in the same style. For those who don’t know, Mouse Guard is a comic set in the middle ages, and it’s all about mice with swords protecting their territories from predators and so on. It’s written and illustrated by David Petersen.
The map I created is inspired by the map that Petersen drew for the Mouse Territories. The original is done on 11×14 Bristol paper, stained with coffee, and colored in using watercolor pencils for the water. The lines are all inked using brushes or a steel nib pen. I know that most maps these are created using Photoshop or some other illustration program on the computer, but I don’t have anything of the sort, so I get resourceful and make things by hand.
What does everyone think? Any advice or suggestions? Thanks for looking!
Tags: 365 project, cartography, cloak, doodle, fanart, fantasy art, greyed out, illustration, maps, michael althauser, mouse guard, mouse with sword, new year, pen and ink illustration, sword
I’m going to be trying(keyword) to do a sketch/illustration/doodle every day. It’s a 365 project. I’ll try my best to post them here, and will also have them on my Tumblr – thekiltedgerman.tumblr.com
I don’t own a scanner, so they will consist of iPhone pictures for the time being. This is number 1. It’s a Mouse Guard piece that I did for fun. I’ve been obsessed with Mouse Guard lately, and my wife got me the RPG box set for Christmas. I might be drawing a lot of mice with medieval weaponry for the next few weeks.
I’m also thinking about restarting my Zibbet shop, and focusing on cartography. Illustrated maps of fantasy locations, basically. I’m working on a Mouse Guard map right now that I’ll try to post pictures of in the next few days. I’m pretty happy with it.