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Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 6:43 PM

Hand Drawn Fictional City Maps
 
My name is Michael smith and I have been drawing maps for as long as I can remember. I originally found this site looking for other hand drawn maps and in 2006 I found the hand drawn maps thread which I can no longer find. I am currently scanning all my old maps on a 11X17' scanner and then joining the images in Gimp or power point.

This is the City of Cod Port. This is my oldest map from 1987.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...sterMapRAW.jpg

This is the city of Reedsburg. I drew this map around 1993 or 1994. My drawing style is mostly based off of the Hagstrom street maps of the NY area.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...RGCITYGIMP.jpg

Beedok Mar 14, 2013 6:44 PM

I've doodled a few, but nothing as awesome and thorough as this. Wow!

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 7:56 PM

Thank you for the comment. For the longest time I kept these maps to myself thinking that others would find them weird. In the past few months I have found so many other fictional maps from people all over the world.

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 8:03 PM

Loushroute
 
This is the city of Loushroute. The original map is 44X52" (3 poster boards).I drew this map in 1998. I was collecting a lot of Canadian Map Art street maps then so I colored in all the built up areas. The water staining on the bottom of most of my maps is from a damaged water pipe that burst while they were in public storage while I was deployed to Iraq in 2005. I had to throw out a lot of my sketch books and almost threw out my maps because of water damage.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...TROGIMPIII.jpg

AnthonyHarding Mar 14, 2013 9:28 PM

WOW! Very impressive work. I too have done fictional city map drawings, but never anything as vast and detailed as what you've accomplished. Would it be possible to upload larger versions of these drawings so I can see some of the nitty gritty details like names you've put in? If not I understand. :)

Fictional cities are an unexplored art, in my opinion. I could get hours of entertainment looking at others' visions of imagined cities. The more realistic, the better. I especially love seeing the way local and imagined culture is integrated into the city.

Thank you for uploading and sharing, and if you have more I'd love to see it!

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 10:02 PM

Louhroute Hi Res
 
This file is 39MB. I am just getting used to working with gimp. I am not sure if there is a better way to scan high resolution and keep the file size down. This map consists of 12, 11X17" images at 600 dpi.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...EMETROGIMP.png

ue Mar 14, 2013 10:08 PM

Wow, this is very very cool. I actually dabble in this from time to time when I'm bored, but I can never really invest more than a week into a map, so I never really complete any. I finally completed one in early 2011 after working on it for a couple months, then tried starting another towards the end of my completing that first one, but to this day it sits incomplete. There was one in 2010 that I almost completed, though. Yes, I often think people would find something like this weird, so I tend not to share it with others. None of mine are as thoroughly detailed as yours, though.

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 10:09 PM

Avaranchi City
 
Avaranchi City is a map I drew in 1998 after leaving the Regular Army and FT Bliss, TX.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n.../AVARANCHI.jpg

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 10:13 PM

I think all of my maps are unfinished and lately I also have a hard time to sit down and finish them or make new ones. I do have plans to make more. A lot of my co-workers are into fantasy baseball or football so I guess this is more productive and requires more imagination.

Xing Mar 14, 2013 10:36 PM

Wow those are very realistic. Mine go back and forth from realism and map influenced to a sort of abstract, organic, look. They're not intended to be realistic, and I sometimes find myself drawing because the patterns look nice, rather than when I do a bit of a story in my head. The drawing at the bottom was my biggest. A friend of mine who is a professional artist, and who attended the Art Institute of Chicago with me, has it now.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...392_9593_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...382_9763_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...292_5980_n.jpg

Easky39 Mar 14, 2013 10:43 PM

Xing, thanks for posting these. Your maps were the ones I first saw on the hand drawn maps thread about six years ago. I tried posting there as Easky30. Still cant find that thread. There are a lot of fictional map sites and pages now.

http://fictionalmaps.wordpress.com/

http://fictionalcity.wordpress.com/

http://urbangeofiction.stadtkreation.com/

It is great to see that there are so many others that are into fictional mapping and all the different their drawing styles.

vid Mar 15, 2013 12:49 AM

I've been working on one lately, hand-drawn first and then digitized. I do most of my maps in Inkscape as opposed to hand-drawn. I rarely actually finish them...

My current project, laid out on the floor; the colours and lines were added afterward in Inkscape to give me a general idea of where I am going next with the map.
http://i.imgur.com/dGI0cDF.jpg

Close up of two panels:

http://i.imgur.com/8Ky81at.jpg

These will be scanned in and stitched together, and then traced in Inkscape to create a map that looks something like this:

http://i.imgur.com/zCdpPaI.png
This one is based on my city's downtown, flipped horizontally and rotated about 270°. It's a map in progress; I'm slowly going through it to add parking lots. The green ones on the right reflect a different street grid I originally had in that location.

A fictional map I drew a few years ago:

http://i.imgur.com/VCibNjw.jpg

A map I did several days later:

http://i.imgur.com/N9txBcF.jpg

And it's digitized variant, an on-going but slow-moving project. That airport has basically developed in real time... You can see how different the map is now, compared to my original hand-drawn version.

http://i.imgur.com/wvl6UdB.jpg

This one is a fictional map that I have used in the past to test colour pallets and techniques. I have developed a comprehensive colour scheme and iconography for my maps.

http://i.imgur.com/GPG7yBd.jpg

A hand drawn map in my notebook while looking for work a couple years ago:

http://i.imgur.com/HImmKPm.jpg

This map is one of the oldest I've got, it is using the geography my city is located in, but re-centered and with a different street plan. I was wondering what it might be like if the city was located in a different spot within the valley.

http://i.imgur.com/9Nz0Fbg.jpg

Comrade Mar 15, 2013 1:56 AM

I made this one for the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Okay, so I didn't draw it on paper. But I still made it - and it is fictional!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/...f62e8f33_b.jpg

Xing Mar 15, 2013 2:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Comrade Reynolds (Post 6052337)
I made this one for the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Okay, so I didn't draw it on paper. But I still made it - and it is fictional!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/...f62e8f33_b.jpg

I posted on Facebook the last time I drove through the town where one of the movies eludes to Haddonfield being located. I made sure it was close to Halloween that day in Odell Illinois. Cool map!

Easky39 Mar 15, 2013 9:42 PM

Valgary City
 
This map I did in 1990 or 1991. http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...YCITYCROP2.jpg

Easky39 Mar 15, 2013 9:44 PM

North Bay
 
I drew this map in 1993 while I was stationed at FT Leonard Wood, MO. This map was based off of the Army 1:50,000 scale topo maps.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...s/NORTHBAY.jpg

Easky39 Mar 15, 2013 9:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vid (Post 6052245)
I've been working on one lately, hand-drawn first and then digitized. I do most of my maps in Inkscape as opposed to hand-drawn. I rarely actually finish them...

My current project, laid out on the floor; the colours and lines were added afterward in Inkscape to give me a general idea of where I am going next with the map.
http://i.imgur.com/dGI0cDF.jpg

Close up of two panels:

http://i.imgur.com/8Ky81at.jpg

These will be scanned in and stitched together, and then traced in Inkscape to create a map that looks something like this:

http://i.imgur.com/zCdpPaI.png
This one is based on my city's downtown, flipped horizontally and rotated about 270°. It's a map in progress; I'm slowly going through it to add parking lots. The green ones on the right reflect a different street grid I originally had in that location.

A fictional map I drew a few years ago:

http://i.imgur.com/VCibNjw.jpg

A map I did several days later:

http://i.imgur.com/N9txBcF.jpg

And it's digitized variant, an on-going but slow-moving project. That airport has basically developed in real time... You can see how different the map is now, compared to my original hand-drawn version.

http://i.imgur.com/wvl6UdB.jpg

This one is a fictional map that I have used in the past to test colour pallets and techniques. I have developed a comprehensive colour scheme and iconography for my maps.

http://i.imgur.com/GPG7yBd.jpg

A hand drawn map in my notebook while looking for work a couple years ago:

http://i.imgur.com/HImmKPm.jpg

This map is one of the oldest I've got, it is using the geography my city is located in, but re-centered and with a different street plan. I was wondering what it might be like if the city was located in a different spot within the valley.

http://i.imgur.com/9Nz0Fbg.jpg

Some really amazing maps. What program did you use to make the university map? It reminds me of the Map Art maps from Canada.

Easky39 Mar 15, 2013 9:48 PM

vid,
Is the above map hand drawn? I really like the contour lines.

vid Mar 15, 2013 10:20 PM

That map isn't hand drawn, it's vector, drawn in Inkscape.

My designs are heavily inspired by the MapArt map style, I have a decent collection of their stuff. They're not producing much anymore, unfortunately. :(

Easky39 Mar 18, 2013 4:55 AM

I have a few Map Art maps and atlases from 1990. I am mostly inspired by the Hagstrom maps and the Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland. The original DeLorme atlases were another favorite of mine.
I recently downloaded Inkscape so I may try to make some maps using it.

vid Mar 19, 2013 12:37 AM

If you want, I can send you a copy of a map I have made so you can see how I layered it in the program. You can't get an outline for a road with a single stroke, I layer them (sometimes 5 or 6 layers for a freeway) and it involves a bit of playing around to get ramps to line up, but I enjoy that.

Compared to most geofiction illustrators, I don't put very much emphasis on freeways.

Easky39 Mar 21, 2013 6:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vid (Post 6057207)
If you want, I can send you a copy of a map I have made so you can see how I layered it in the program. You can't get an outline for a road with a single stroke, I layer them (sometimes 5 or 6 layers for a freeway) and it involves a bit of playing around to get ramps to line up, but I enjoy that.

Compared to most geofiction illustrators, I don't put very much emphasis on freeways.

Thanks, that would be great. Could you send it as an attachment?

Easky39 Mar 21, 2013 6:36 PM

Fordstone
 
This is the latest poster sized map that I have drawn. This map is from 2002 - 2004. Unfortunately it has a lot of water damage on the bottom from storage.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...RDSTONEIII.jpg

vid Mar 22, 2013 1:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Easky39 (Post 6061325)
Thanks, that would be great. Could you send it as an attachment?

PM me an email to send it to.

Easky39 Mar 27, 2013 4:06 PM

Vid, thanks for the file. I downloaded Inkscape and it does remind me of Illustrator. I am looking forward to drawing maps in a new medium.

vid Mar 27, 2013 11:43 PM

It's a lot simpler than Illustrator, but more straightforward as well. Unfortunately doesn't update very often but it's a lot more stable than it was when I first started out. I haven't had it crash in a couple years now.

texcolo Mar 28, 2013 1:24 AM

I was playing some online war game with Cirrus and Matty Verstaten and a bunch of other guys from SSP.

I came up with Fairfax, the capital and largest city of New Hebrides, 'The Jewel of the Aleutians.' New Hebrides consists of the actual islands of Atka and Ameilia... so it's not totally fictional, just mostly fictional.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...brides_001.gif

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...irfax_0001.gif

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...irfax_0002.gif

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...Fairfax_HS.gif

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...llDistrict.gif

I also came up with a medieval village of Rosencrantz...

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...crantz_004.jpg

It's counterpart Guildenstern...

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...nstern_007.jpg

Here's a couple of hand drawn sketches...

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...o/arch_001.jpg

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...o/arch_002.jpg

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...o/arch_004.jpg

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...o/arch_003.jpg

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...ps70434c93.jpg

Xing Mar 29, 2013 3:38 PM

really good stuff!^ I really like your hand drawn sketches.

AnthonyHarding Mar 30, 2013 6:36 AM

Kind of a quasi-related note, one of my big inspirations for doing hand drawn maps was when I stumbled upon this extremely detailed hand-drawn map of Gotham City from 1999, by Eliot R. Brown. I was especially thrilled when I saw that the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy used Brown's drawings as the basis for his vision of Gotham City:

http://batmangothamcity.net/wp-conte...ark-Knight.jpg

http://batmangothamcity.net/wp-conte...map-750239.jpg

llamaorama Mar 31, 2013 4:23 PM

These are all incredible. I hope you've posted them in other places so more people can see.

I'm just getting started. Here's a topographical contour map I drew freehand. I also have GIMP and Inkscape which I'll use later. Sorry about the bad scan, I don't know how to change the settings on my cheap printer.

It's supposed to be an island that's roughly 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, a bit smaller than Oahu basically. Each contour is 100 meters of elevation, with the highest point being >900m above sea level. There will be a small city of about 350,000 at the mouth of the bay on the island's western coast and some small towns elsewhere on the island.

I'm going to call it Vendia, I think. It's an obsolete name for a geological period so its probably not owned by anyone, and it also sounds vaguely latin or Spanish. Maybe the natives sold it to a European explorer for a gold coin or something, vende...

So what now? I assume I'll go about tracing it, making a layer for each contour(a line+plus a filled polygon). I could use the filled polygons to do elevation shading, and overlay the contour lines over that?

I don't know anything about mapmaking(I've used GIS, but not for anything you'd call art). It would be nice if I could use the contours to make a rough grayscale elevation map and airbrush in the fine details, and then use that to generate a colored elevation layer(maybe using levels and colorize, or something)? To make shadows do I have to paint them or is there a way to do a hillshade using some kind of artistic photo effect plugin? I want it to have a nice Rand McNally World Atlas look, then reduce the saturation and/or transparency of this layer and add road atlas type features to it, Essentially I want to make something analogous to one of those overly busy, multi-themed US state road map/tourism guides you can get from visitor offices. It will be a huge stew of information, roads, rails, urbanized areas, to natural features, etc. I imagine the final result will be a humongous image.

http://i.imgur.com/pDJO68V.jpg

Easky39 Mar 31, 2013 4:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by llamaorama (Post 6073320)
These are all incredible. I hope you've posted them in other places so more people can see.

I'm just getting started. Here's a topographical contour map I drew freehand. I also have GIMP and Inkscape which I'll use later. Sorry about the bad scan, I don't know how to change the settings on my cheap printer.

It's supposed to be an island that's roughly 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, a bit smaller than Oahu basically. Each contour is 100 meters of elevation, with the highest point being >900m above sea level. There will be a small city of about 350,000 at the mouth of the bay on the island's western coast and some small towns elsewhere on the island.

I'm going to call it Vendia, I think. It's an obsolete name for a geological period so its probably not owned by anyone, and it also sounds vaguely latin or Spanish. Maybe the natives sold it to a European explorer for a gold coin or something, vende...

So what now? I assume I'll go about tracing it, making a layer for each contour(a line+plus a filled polygon). I could use the filled polygons to do elevation shading, and overlay the contour lines over that?

I don't know anything about mapmaking outside of GIS. It would be nice if I could use the contours to make a rough grayscale elevation map and airbrush in the fine details. To make shadows do I have to paint them or is there a way to do a hillshade using some kind of artistic photo effect plugin? I want it to be pretty with colored elevation shading and shadows and stuff, then reduce the saturation and/or transparency of this layer and add road atlas type features to it? Essentially I want to make something analogous to one of those overly busy, multi-themed US state road map/tourism guides you can get from visitor offices. It will be a huge stew of information, roads, rails, urbanized areas, to wetlands, etc.

http://i.imgur.com/pDJO68V.jpg

I love topographical maps. I recently retired from the NY Army National Guard as a Geospatial engineer. I wish I had gotten into the field a few decades ago when it was all hand drawn cartography and less digital.

Easky39 Mar 31, 2013 4:44 PM

Topo Maps
 
Some topographic maps I drew in High school.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...MELHITOPO6.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...MELHITOPO5.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...MELHITOPO4.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...MELHITOPO7.jpg

Beedok Mar 31, 2013 6:22 PM

Not hand drawn, but inspired by this thread. Could probably use more detail though.
http://i.imgur.com/siKq8RJ.png

Cirrus Apr 1, 2013 4:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by texcolo (Post 6069440)
I was playing some online war game with Cirrus and Matty Verstaten and a bunch of other guys from SSP.

Haha, oh yeah, Cybernations! I think Gabe (BroncoCSU05) might still play. I quit a couple of years ago. Here are some of the maps I made for that (done on computer, not hand drawn).

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__.../Malla_map.jpg

http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__...is-streets.jpg

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__...polis-rail.jpg

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...lis-subway.jpg

SpawnOfVulcan Apr 21, 2013 8:24 PM

All really cool, guys. When I was still in elementary, middle, high school I would always kill time by drawing maps. Kinda put that hobby away once I got to college, but when I took Computer Mapping and Graphics in the spring of 11' (never actually got to finish the class due to the tornado) I kinda got back into it. Unfortunately, most of the stuff I had done got lost with my crappy flash drive that died one day. I think I'll get back into it, though.

Question, though. In the CMG class, we used Illustrator, so I'm familiar with it and have access to it on camps; however, once I get my Master's I won't have access to it. Is it worth it to go ahead and use Illustrator? Or should I use one of the previously mentioned programs like InkScape? I think I'm more interested in doing regional maps.

vid Apr 21, 2013 10:29 PM

Inkscape is free. Illustrator costs hundreds of dollars. But Inkscape, compared to the latest version of Illustrator, is pretty limited in some ways. The menus are organized differently, and the shortcuts are different. Since Inkscape saves in SVG instead of a proprietary format, Inkscape is compatible with Adobe Illustrator 9 and better, with few limitations. It has some issues opening AI files but 99% of the time it works out OK.

This is a quick read for those looking to switch to Inkscape

Inkscape uses less RAM than Adobe products (in my experience) but really large, detailed files (some of my maps have as many as 10,000 objects) will cause the computer to lag.

SpawnOfVulcan Apr 22, 2013 2:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vid (Post 6100092)
Inkscape is free. Illustrator costs hundreds of dollars. But Inkscape, compared to the latest version of Illustrator, is pretty limited in some ways. The menus are organized differently, and the shortcuts are different. Since Inkscape saves in SVG instead of a proprietary format, Inkscape is compatible with Adobe Illustrator 9 and better, with few limitations. It has some issues opening AI files but 99% of the time it works out OK.

This is a quick read for those looking to switch to Inkscape

Inkscape uses less RAM than Adobe products (in my experience) but really large, detailed files (some of my maps have as many as 10,000 objects) will cause the computer to lag.

I see. Like I said, I have access to Illustrator as it is, and will have access for at least another year (depending on when my thesis gets completed). I think I'll go ahead and go with Illustrator since that what I'm most familiar with. If it ever becomes something that I'm seriously interested in continuing hardcore, I'll buy Illustrator, if not I'll just go to InkScape (which I've already installed on my laptop).

Simpseatles Apr 28, 2013 11:21 PM

Wow, there's some absolutely incredible stuff posted on this thread! Keep it coming!:tup:

Easky39 I love how big, detailed and colourful your maps are!

I too used to think that I was the only one who did this crazy stuff, and people always thought I was weird for doing it. I've continued to hone in on my style since I was a kid, but now that I am almost an adult I find I have less time to work on my maps. However my obsession with maps, and urban development has inspired me to become an urban planner, and I am beginning my education in the fall! :)

I started my own thread for my maps a couple of years ago, but I might as well share them here as well. All of my maps are hand-drawn and coloured, and are usually on one or two pieces of printer paper. Here's some of my work:

This was my first, and so far only, attempt at a Japanese city:
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...atles/scan.jpg

This is a city in France
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...tles/scan3.jpg

This is a German city on Lake Konstanz
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...GermanCity.jpg

Here's a Finnish port city
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...tles/scan5.jpg

This is an Italian city on the Adriatic Sea
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...talianCity.jpg

And this is probably my best map so far. It's a city in Southern Ontario:
http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...s/NewImage.jpg

This thread is very inspiring, and it's given me some great ideas for improving my work!:)

DEWLine Dec 22, 2013 4:18 AM

BoiseAirport: I remember those adaptations from Nolan's Bat-trilogy very well indeed. The neighbourhood names from the first of those maps were retrofitted in between the ones in Eliot Brown's map by Grant Morrison in the comics. Which certainly made sense enough, given Morrison's drive to find a way to fit as much of everything ever done into the DCU as best he could.

What bothered me somewhat was Nolan - or whoever made the relevant choices on his watch - not returning the courtesy to the source material in kind. Certainly, it was his choice to make either way...

Wishing that Metropolis had gotten the same treatment back in the day. A Hagstrom or MapArt/Routemaster-style street map of the Big Apricot would have been a joy to behold.

texcolo Dec 26, 2013 4:13 AM

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...ps6423f655.jpg

Here's an incomplete map. If I get to far out from the CBD I get kinda bored.

:haha:

Imagine the guy as a Sugarloaf Mountain type obstacle and the city grew around him.

richyb83 Jun 27, 2014 4:41 AM

Fantastic work! I had no idea there are so many people hand drawing fictional cities!! Really enjoy this thread!

Here are a few of mine...

Palm Island City...from a few years ago
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t...pse75edbbc.jpg

Yet to be named...not completely finished
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t...ps7361ccd1.jpg

Easky39 Mar 15, 2015 11:48 PM

OpenGeofiction
 
It's been a few years Since I drew fictional city maps on paper.
If any one is interested, this is a site that lets you draw fictional maps similar to Open Street Map.

http://opengeofiction.net/about#map=13/43.3244/142.5092

The Lurker Oct 1, 2015 6:14 AM

LMFAO! I've been doing this stuff since I was a kid. I always knew there were others out there like me. I seldom use color and I hardly ever finish a map but here's a few from the archives;

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5829/...c5bb7358_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/712/2...28572c83_z.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5677/...8a07eda5_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/582/2...55064373_z.jpg


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