Thursday, April 16, 2009
It has been a while since the maps of Andor and my next 'finished map' won't be ready
before some time next week, so I figured, why not show a sketch of an ongoing project?
This one is the sketch of a map of the Westlands I began in early 2008, based on the 'Big Map' combined with references from other maps published in 'The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time' to extend the covered area to the full Aiel Waste and the western limits of Shara. I digitized it as a rough reference, to compare the accuracy with digital versions etc. - shortly before I erased the work grid with which I made the enlarged reproduction by hand. The actual sketch is a bit over one meter large. It was done so large so I can also use it as the base to create fairly precise regional/national maps.
The original project for this map was to complete it as a full colour painting in the vein of the 'Big Map', though at the moment I'm also considering turning it into a china ink, pencil and charcoal project before bringing it into the computer for additional graphic treatment. A black and white rendition would be more versatile to achieve some of the 'ancient maps' looks I love.
And oh... of the many questions I'd really like to solve one day is the location of Rhuidean in the Waste.