Old World Maps

Old World Style Maps

Map of CothelIt took a bit of time, but I finished my first old world style map! It shows far more detail of Cothel than my original maps and I actually had a lot of fun making it (aside from all the bloody trees). Everything is hand-drawn, from the trees to the border lines, to the compass rose. My aim was to generate something that looked authentic and old. In the process, I found quite a few maps on-line to use as references. My favorite map site is Old Maps Online. It lets you browse through maps that correspond to an area on a current world map.

In the process of creating this map (which is 20″x16″ in size) I really learned a lot. I wanted to have the underlying parchment appearance come through to overlays or what I intend to be ink washes. I scrapped more than one layer and went back to rework entire effects several times. But I think I have the process down now and hope to be able to do the next map in perhaps half the time this one took.

Another thing I learned is that old maps really did have a lot of bright colors in them. Initially, I felt reluctant to use anything too bright (and I did mute quite my map a bit to give it a faded and used effect). However, many of the reference maps I examined actually had some neonish coloring to them.

I have prints on order and will have them available with boards and bags for Planet Comicon at the end of the month. I also have mailing tubes on order and will make the map available for order on-line as well.

Map of the Sea of TetIn addition to the old world style map of Cothel, I have produced a 20″x16″ version of my large world map. I formatted it down to size and ordered prints that I will sell at Comicon and on-line. This one should be easier to read than my 8.5″x11″ copies.

What’s Next?

Well, now that I am done with crunch time for Planet Comicon, I will get back to writing more. The time I spent on the map did eat into my writing time a little too much. The next map should hopefully take less seat time, but I will stretch out the actual drawing time to about the same length so I am not single focused on the task.

I also need to get back to purging things for my #Minimalism2017 challenge. I put a lot of the “going through things” on hold to draw the map. Now I can get back into my closet and deal with a few boxes of items.

And lastly for this post, find some time to do some hiking. The weather is getting nice and I’m itching to do some camping and put in some miles on the trails. Yesterday my FitBit told me I had traveled a lifetime of 2,400 miles while carrying it. The gave me the Monarch Migration badge, which made me think about how many miles I have actually walked in my lifetime before having the FitBit. A big factor as a kid was that I had a paper route. So roughly 4 miles a day, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, for 4 years or so comes out as just under 5k miles. My feet have done a lot of walking and that doesn’t include the several miles a day walking to and from school for a couple of years.

Owin — Still at sea

Unfortunately, Owin and Gwen will spend this week out at sea.  For me, I am working on final preparations for Planet Comicon (coming up 13 -15 Mar) as well as finish getting things ready for book 4!

Daughter's Search Cover

If all goes well, I will have copies of book 4, Daughter’s Search, available at the Con!  I am really excited and can’t wait to see everyone who comes out to enjoy the fun.  In the mean time, here is a preview of the new cover:

Planet Comicon 2015

I am happy to announce that I will again be at Planet Comicon this year!  My table is booked!

I find this to be one of the best shows around, and not just because it is local.  It has really been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years and I think this year will be another great show.  This is the third year in Bartle Hall (having grown out of its prior location) and they will again be adding more floor space (and food locations).Planet Comicon

As you can see from the image above, there are some top name guests and artist who will be present.  Definitely check out the Planet Comicon website for a complete list and any potential changes.

I’m really look forward to the fun and hope to see everyone there!

Wait…where am I?

Craigs from Thunder PassWow, I have been busy lately.  I really have been meaning to post more, but so far, I have just been managing to get my weekly Owin episodes out.  Here is a quick update on what I’ve been doing, as well as what I am going to be doing.

First, last week I spent hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We put in just over 46 miles on trails over the course of four days.  The first day we broke a personal record, doing 18 miles round-trip (which included darn near 4k foot of elevation gain).

That trip was from Lawn Lake Trail head, up past Lawn Lake, and onto The Saddle.  On the way back, we took a mile side trip to Crystal Lake, which is thought to be the deepest lake in the park.  I must say, it was amazing up there.  It was also a bit of work doing this hike.  I live around 850 ft above sea level.  The Saddle is at 12,390 feet, so there is a bit less air at that height than what I am used to, but the views were amazing and the effort worth it.  Plus, the wild flowers were spectacular (and last week wasn’t even the height of the season, I think we missed it by a week or so).

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Things I Learnd at Planet Comicon

I had a great time at Planet Comicon this weekend.  It was definitely worth going and I found that in addition to having fun, I learned a few things.  Here is my list.

  1. There are a lot more geeks in Kansas City than I realized and most importantly, I am proud to be one of them.  Here I am sporting my new Jayne Cobb hat–long live Firefly:
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