66 Photos - Jan 7, 2012
Photo: Photo: Erthal Province FrontierPhoto: The Lands of Abrantoc, Meletoc, Kebrenek, and SudrocPhoto: Warring city-states in the normal-prograde sector of the planet.Photo: The empire of Hòmp Sīnkà  and the feudal kingdoms of the Pasken culture.Photo: The plains of the antinormal-prograde region.Photo: The world known to humans as Gliese 581g - and to its people as Hámnù, Pedak, Gaustan, or Estivama. Ink and watercolor pencil on 17x14" bristol.Photo: This is a very detailed and "busy" map. There is no shading or coloring, only ink lines. The mountains get their texture from hatching, and the forests get (tiny) trees of several styles. Standing bodies of water have wave glyphs near the shoreline, which I found does just as much to "pop" the coasts out as does an ink wash.Photo: My coffee grounds are on exhibit here, along with the superfine pen nib.Photo: I tinted the map to look aged by soaking it in coarse-ground coffee. Here is a spot where the coffee didn't stain all the way through the paper - but now the original white color looks like the stain. I think that's a fun inversion!Photo: Likewise, the proper names in various labels allude to the presence of many languages.Photo: The historical markers cover many types of events: military, political, religious, or scientific. Was Ptaruch like Archimedes or Aristarchus? His discovery in 603 may establish for us that this world is not the Earth.Photo: The soaking/distressing brought out the grain of the paper in a way that adds supporting texture.Photo: Some of my tiniest work appears on this map. Everything but the water boundaries and mountain edges I inked with a superfine nib.Photo: Here's a close-up view of Captain Jae's ship.Photo: The myth labels suggest tales from many of our familiar cultures. Perhaps Xarnus is like Odysseus on the cyclops' island...or perhaps the God of Rain is like Coyote.Photo: By being intentionally rough with my treatment of this map, I've left it in a slightly more delicate state than usual. (I wasn't worried about whether the ink would hold up, since I already knew that I could apply watercolors over it.) The effect was worth it in the end - especially in this desert. When it was stark black-on-white, this part of the map was just screaming for me to add something else. But I resisted until getting a look at the finished product, and by leaving this space open I've clearly ended up with something much better balanced and visually interesting than if I had kept throwing ink into this area.Photo: Allaje's apparently ill-fated offensive is another example of a historical sequence. He lived in a part of the world that seems accustomed to warfare, as a nearby legend speaks to particularly brutal conquests.Photo: A date in parentheses distinguishes the historical events from mythological tales. Some of the histories come in sequences, such as the Fishers' Revolt of 1260-1270.Photo: There are many labels and icons, but no place-names. Instead, the markers on this map refer to events of historical or mythological importance. After all, much of the significance we attach to a location comes from its history - real or imagined. (Captain Jae's ship is a particular favorite of mine! And, for some reason, just about everyone who I've shown this map to comments on the Beggar's Church.)Photo: This one is purposefully creased, soaked, coffee-ringed, and otherwise distressed.Photo: "Legends"Photo: A deciduous/coniferous forest, a rocky volcanic isle, and grassland.Photo: Various terrains including a desert, mountains, jungle, and a deciduous forest.Photo: Some particularly nice mountains.Photo: Tiny trees. No, really, they are tiny.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some studies of terrain types (ocean, mountains, desert, grassland, and various forest styles)Photo: These mesa tops are still fun, though. And look how the color shades along the mountain slope to the south.Photo: Then after I put the color in I thought this area needed more focus on the grasslands, I diluted some ink, AND THEN AUGH I RUINED ITPhoto: Lots more color on display in the various islands.Photo: The "extra" shoreline markers indicate shallows and breakers.Photo: The water also got a lot of attention in this map, including purples and oranges suggesting depths and reefs.Photo: There's more to indicate vegetation in the color than in the little tree/bush-shapes. This island is particularly rich in green, yellow, and even red and blue. In this area, a lot of the same colors that are in the land are also in the water.Photo: Some of the most subtle shading and color interfaces I've done yet.Photo: "Archipelago."Photo: New work in progress.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This map is smaller, and entirely ink or ink washes applied with various-sized pens and brushes. I tried out some new styles for the mountains, too. Unfortunately, it doesn't photograph all that well.Photo: My new map, completed: Gliese 581g, or "Zarmina," in the "eyeball Earth" climate case.Photo: Photo: A snapshot illustrating some of my process for this onePhoto: Some studies for mountains and cratersPhoto: Complete, postprocessed, map. I think it turned out very well for my first shot, but my later efforts improved quite a bit.Photo: Photo: Photo: This is, incidentally, where a lot of the action happens.Photo: Close-up.Photo: From this section, you should be able to tell which way the prevailing winds go on this world!Photo: These are my first canyons, actually, and my most extensive mesas. I quite like them! I also am very happy with the colors I got here. I was trying to evoke something like the Sedona area, but more lush.Photo: Now with labels! Again, I did this in a stream-of-consciousness way. I made up a few characters on scrap paper, and then combined permutations and variations on those characters throughout the map in brick-red ink. (I like the brick red much better than the crimson which I used for accents on Nicole's map.) I also made up a few symbols. None of the labels have translations or transliterations...yet.Photo: Here's the map with color. It worked nicely, with the exception of the brown mountains at lower-right, which reduced the contrast of the ink more than I'd like. I was also able to do some more precise effects with the color/ink interfaces, such as the plateaus at upper left.Photo: Map for Jeanne: for this one, I reversed my normal order of operations. I've found that the watercolor washes soak into the Bristol while the ink sits on top, so I inked this one before coloring it. Also, I did this one in a stream-of-consciousness way with the ink, rather than pencilling it in first and tracing over that in ink. You can see that I left space in the forest ahead of time for labels - and I've got some scratch characters for those labels off to the left.Photo: The crossed swords measure maybe 4-5mm across.Photo: Photo: I like this guy.Photo: Key to the lettered labels was figuring out where to leave space in the forests...Photo: This is the first appearance of red ink in my maps. It's also the first time I hand-lettered the map labels. (Nicely, I think!)