Mapping for Darkling Fields of Arvon

I finished a map of the Black Cape for Darkling Fields of Arvon today. It took a bit of time to get back into the head-space of mapping for the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise and am pleased with the result. Tomorrow I finish the map of Ahn Norvys for the book. The third map in Darkling Fields will be a reprint of the map of Arvon that appeared in The Stoneholding. I’ve included a few pictures of the mapping and of the “tools of the trade.”

I draw at an antique library table. Mapping for me in an interesting mix of ancient and modern technologies. At one point, I'm drawing with a steel nibbed pen that I dip in India ink, the next I'm tweaking images on the computer.
I draw at an antique library table. Mapping for me in an interesting mix of ancient and modern technologies. At one point, I’m drawing with a steel nibbed pen that I dip in India ink, the next I’m tweaking images on the computer.

The tools I use for mapping.
The tools I use for mapping. To the right is the start of the Black Cape map. Here I’ve just blocked out the frame and border.

Mapping the Black Cape for Darkling Fields of Arvon.
Jim mapping the Black Cape for Darkling Fields of Arvon.

Here I'm working on mountains.
Here, I’m working on the mountains.

2 Comments »

  • Petra Johnson

    that is so cool, making maps is fun!

    March 19, 2010 >> 11:24 pm

  • M. S. Taeryn

    My own map-making was far less precise, but turned out well for all of that. I, too, use a hybrid of pen/pencil and Paintshop for finishing. I think it gives the best result.

    September 2, 2010 >> 7:04 pm

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