Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Babylon of Sheridan's World: a map commission

This post is Part 1 of a series to augment the Fictional Cartography by D.N.Frost available for free download.

This and other map commissions are gathered in my Portfolio Directory for you to explore.

This post is also Part 1 of a series about Stephen Everett.

I first met Stephen Everett in a Facebook group for world-builders. Though the group was for science-fiction, I shared a few maps of the Known World. Steve liked my maps so much, he contacted me to ask about commissioned work.

I was fairly familiar with commissions for my craft hobbies like knitting and rug-making, so I drew up a map commission process and shared it with Steve. The basic outline was simple - a free preliminary render by me, a 60% deposit by Steve, and a bunch of collaboration guiding an estimate of Photoshop hours.

A detailed log of my Photoshop time would keep us on track, and a final invoice would cover the time beyond his initial deposit. I'd create and deliver a digital package of images for Steve's use in publishing and on the web. Easy.

Check out this Fictional Cartography by D.N.Frost for more maps!

However, Steve had some rather unique challenges for his map.

He needed latitude and longitude lines, with his towns and islands plotted at exact coordinates.

As a science-fiction writer, he also needed some stylistic adjustments for his map to suit his world.

Before I started the actual imaging, we collaborated on the necessary innovations to my mapping style.

After making all my Maps of the Known World, I felt confident in all the pieces of Steve's puzzle and gave him a detailed estimate of the commission's time and cost. He decided his map would be totally worth it, and we agreed to move forward with the project.

Here's what he had to say about the finished map:

Babylon of Sheridan's World, a map commission by D.N.Frost for Stephen Everett Part 1 of a series.
It looks better than good, it looks excellent!

Once we started on the geography, it started to develop a life of its own.

Picturing the mountains, the lakes, thier placements made it come alive.

I highly doubt that most projects are done in such a reverse order, where the co-ordinates are provided first and then having to reverse engineer the continent to conform.

It's much easier to picture and write the journeys with a map I can use.

I love the look of Babylon, very impressive. An excellent job.

– Stephen Everett, science-fiction writer

That's it for this post! Up Next: The continents and important latitudes...

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