Wednesday, August 3, 2016

T'Chak 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 3 of a series about Stephen Everett. Start with Part 1 here.

I first connected with Steve in Part 1 of this guest series, when we collaborated on his map of Babylon and Corinth for Sheridan's World. After finishing a second map for Minbari of Sheridan's World, Steve mentioned having a southern continent to work on next.

We chatted about it some, and he sent me a sketch and some data about the southern continent, tentatively dubbed TeChak. Unfortunately, he sent me the sketch right as I was planning to move to a new city, so we had to shelve the project for a few weeks until I could devote the attention his map deserved.

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

I finished moving and contacted Steve, ready to begin our third collaboration.

But it turned out he was too busy at the time to start on the project, so we shelved it again.

Steve let me know a basic timeframe in which he thought he'd be ready, and I blocked it out on my calendar to make sure I'd be ready too.

In the meantime, I started work on his initial render using the data he'd already sent me, and I sent it off for him to percolate on in the interim.

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

T'Chak of Sheridan's World, a map commission by D.N.Frost for Stephen Everett Part 1 of a series.
Exceptional job, IT LOOKS AWESOME!

Thanks for all the great work. Everything worked out fantastic.

You had to figure out different techniques to get the result we both wanted.

It makes the continents take on a life of their own.

It looks awesome, you are incredible. I love your place name Bay of Seals.

Great job on the maps. I need to flip a coin as to which I like more.

Here's $10,000 imaginary dollars (CDN).

Such a work of art, time, and patience. Perfection!

– Stephen Everett, science-fiction writer

That's it for this post! Up Next: Plotting the coordinates and coastlines... Soon.

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