A progression series of the map illustrated for Brandon Sanderson's
novel The Rithmatist
. This is the first map I've been privileged to illustrate for a novel, and I had a lot of fun with it. Here you can see how the map was developed from the first sketches to the nearly final design. You can check out the final version here:
Brandon's assistant Peter Ahlstrom was of great assistance in this project, helping to organize the names and improve the clarity. It's to his credit that I added the texture for the water... he was right, it really made the final drawing pop. I think my favorite part of the map was probably the ornamental stuff that surrounds the land mass... the stamps and legend and the Cartographic Society Seal were lots of fun to design and draw.
Illustrated in Manga Studio EX v.3 using le Cintiq 21UX. © 2012 Brandon Sanderson and Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC, reprinted with permission.