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Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Fri 30 Nov, 2018 5:46 pm

Hi all,

I've had a long time fascination with map's and map drawing, a hobby I have been doing since I was a kid. I finished one of Tasmania a while back (Map can be viewed here https://photos.app.goo.gl/v1R5WXzuUUkc7Kvn8); not designed to be detailed or practical map but it's purpose is rather to give off a certain exploratory aesthetic to Tasmania. The map details the names of all the major towns and cities, national parks, mountains and reserves. I want to do more of these maps for specific national parks and regions, detailing tracks, mountains and rivers; giving the Tasmanian wilderness a fantastic and enigmatic aura by presenting these lands with archaic embellished maps. My technique has improved since I made this map and I am keen to apply my new skills.

If you like this map and have any specific national park/wilderness reserve requests, I'd love to keep making them. As for as I'm concerned this map can be used by anyone for anything.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby slparker » Sat 01 Dec, 2018 2:30 pm

So, Ben Lomond is Mordor...
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Postby stepbystep » Sat 01 Dec, 2018 5:17 pm

Cool. I imagine some conservation groups would be interested in this type of work. The Tarkine Wilderness would spring to mind, but lots of others too, for all sorts of reasons.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Sat 01 Dec, 2018 8:43 pm

slparker wrote:So, Ben Lomond is Mordor...

Haha yeah, or Launceston?...
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Sat 01 Dec, 2018 8:49 pm

stepbystep wrote:Cool. I imagine some conservation groups would be interested in this type of work. The Tarkine Wilderness would spring to mind, but lots of others too, for all sorts of reasons.


Yeah I thought of those too, I think I might do one of the Tarkine; I have no idea what it could be used for? I'd like to learn more artistic techniques for drawing miniature tree's and such. As you can see I tried to draw the forms of the more distinct peaks on the map,I'd like to do more of that for landmarks other than mountains and canyons.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby ChrisJHC » Sun 02 Dec, 2018 7:31 pm

Looks great!

You could create maps of the various “Great Walks” and iconic hikes around Aus and NZ.

People would probably be happy to pay for a hi-res memento. Alternatively they could print it on Tyvek and take it with them.
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Postby johnw » Sun 02 Dec, 2018 8:02 pm

I love old maps, and maps in general. This is delightful, thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes with your map making endeavours, I hope it works out the way you want.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Mon 03 Dec, 2018 7:38 am

ChrisJHC wrote:Looks great!

You could create maps of the various “Great Walks” and iconic hikes around Aus and NZ.

People would probably be happy to pay for a hi-res memento. Alternatively they could print it on Tyvek and take it with them.


Yeah great idea, maybe I'll start with one of the overland track and then do some mainland/NZ ones. I've never heard of Tyvek? I'll have to check it out; thanks!
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Mon 03 Dec, 2018 7:42 am

johnw wrote:I love old maps, and maps in general. This is delightful, thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes with your map making endeavours, I hope it works out the way you want.


Thanks John!
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Mon 03 Dec, 2018 8:36 am

Great work :) With all of the biblical names, a map this style of the Walls of Jerusalem would work well.
That looks like a pad.
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Postby M J Rutherford » Mon 03 Dec, 2018 12:17 pm

bogholesbuckethats wrote:Great work :) With all of the biblical names, a map this style of the Walls of Jerusalem would work well.


Yeah Biblical names are particularly epic, you really feel like your on a pilgrimage up there. I've decided i'll do a Cradle Mountain-Walls of Jerusalem synthesis map, because they fit together as a nice rectangle, perfect for a landscape A3 map. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby Graham17 » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 5:35 am

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Nice work... please add a few dragons and tigers...
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Postby M J Rutherford » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 8:31 am

Graham17 wrote:
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Nice work... please add a few dragons and tigers...

Yeah it would good to embellish it a little bit more; it would give it a bit more substance.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 8:41 am

Amazing map!

Perhaps you could dot in a few of the more well known trails?

Also higher res. Its a bit blurry when trying to read place names.

If you were able to segment this into say 4 maps and add in some trails it could be very useful for those who are not familar with tassie and want to walk there and learn the main regions where walks are.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 10:37 am

For those with access to ArcGIS, somebody has written a style for ArcGIS Pro that will automatically make Tolkien style maps from your GIS data. I haven't got around to trying it out yet, but if anybody wants to give it a go, it is at: https://esri-styles.maps.arcgis.com/hom ... 92b343861d (with a blog article on it at: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/produc ... -wants-it/ )
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby Overlandman » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 1:43 pm

Excellent map, like the idea of no roads.
Well done
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 10:31 pm

wildwanderer wrote:Amazing map!

Perhaps you could dot in a few of the more well known trails?

Also higher res. Its a bit blurry when trying to read place names.

If you were able to segment this into say 4 maps and add in some trails it could be very useful for those who are not familar with tassie and want to walk there and learn the main regions where walks are.


hey thanks! yeah the map is only blurry and low res here as I had to compress it to upload it, I have a higher quality version it just needs to be compressed. I'm currently working on a Cradle Mountain - Walls of Jerusalem insert map, with a few of the major tracks dotted in. Thanks for the feedback!
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Postby M J Rutherford » Tue 04 Dec, 2018 10:33 pm

Overlandman wrote:Excellent map, like the idea of no roads.
Well done
Regards OLM


haha yeah, it's heavily romanticised; I thought roads would ruin the overall aesthetic.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby ribuck » Thu 06 Dec, 2018 12:45 am

Nice work, MJ!

Stamen Design has a website where anyone can make whimsical maps (of anywhere in the world) for use as a background layer for their projects. The images are creative-commons-licensed.
http://maps.stamen.com/watercolor/#5/-27.040/-218.804
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby ChrisJHC » Thu 06 Dec, 2018 6:32 am

M J Rutherford wrote:
ChrisJHC wrote:I've never heard of Tyvek? I'll have to check it out; thanks!


You can choose to print on Tyvek at Officeworks (and probably other printing places).

Supposed to be fairly waterproof but I haven’t tested it myself.
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Thu 06 Dec, 2018 1:01 pm

ribuck wrote:Nice work, MJ!

Stamen Design has a website where anyone can make whimsical maps (of anywhere in the world) for use as a background layer for their projects. The images are creative-commons-licensed.
http://maps.stamen.com/watercolor/#5/-27.040/-218.804


Yeah those look really nice, good for blogs and such
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Re: Tolkienesque/Medieval style Tasmania maps

Postby M J Rutherford » Thu 06 Dec, 2018 1:06 pm

ChrisJHC wrote:
M J Rutherford wrote:
ChrisJHC wrote:I've never heard of Tyvek? I'll have to check it out; thanks!


You can choose to print on Tyvek at Officeworks (and probably other printing places).

Supposed to be fairly waterproof but I haven’t tested it myself.


I wonder if K-mart does it? I might get some sort of print done when I finish my next map of Cradle/Walls.
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