This is a draft of my first ever fantasy map for a fiction novel coming out Christmas 2014 by author Kent Holloway. Book is called The Legend of Winterking. It will be a trilogy. I met the author in book club on Facebook while promoting my own novel MAP OF THIEVES
. This map is called Thana Pel (after some dwarvish language he came up with). Think Lord of the Rings meets a dark Kris Kringle (Santa Klaus) type of genre. It is set in 4th century Germany in an area surrounded by forest and other major terrain features with only one way in— the pass at the north end. Goblins and elves populate the land, too. This design is almost finished and I'd love your feedback for any improvements. This color version will be for a 16x24" merchandising poster whereas the actual book map will be a 6x9" grayscale version, so I'll be manipulating the contrast in black and white in order for best reproduction in a smaller scale. We are set on the font used. Although somewhat tough to read, I really like that typeface. Sorta captures fantasy with an edge.
Illustrated in Photoshop with lots of layers. I pulled some of the graphic elements from a 1540 map of Greece and a 1598 map of Ireland to capture that same sort of "old antique" stylistic feel. And of course looked at a bunch of other top fantasy maps out there for ideas.
Also, check out the client sketch I was given to start out with, too. Needless to say, Kent is absolutely thrilled and loves the map as it is now. I'm hoping this piece will open up some more doors for me within the book publishing world for some additional map commissions. Simply put, I love a good map in a book. I think it enhances the story. I've had so much fun doing this.