FANTASY MAP DESIGN
All right, for starters, let me apologize for how rough the attached map image is! Map-making is NOT my specialty . . . but fans of my series ask me again and again to provide them with maps to my world, so I figured it was time I began.
The raw map I have uploaded was a very basic image I kept on hand just to keep locations straight as I wrote. I never bothered to add details of rivers, lakes, and other interesting topography, focusing only on those locations that actually feature in the book itself. So please feel free to add rivers, hills, lakes, forests, etc. to some of those big blank spaces.
Also, I would like to see some interesting islands added to the shoreline.
The Noorhitam Empire is made up of a variety of kingdoms and territories, all under one empire. The territories include: Chhayan Territory and Old Kitar Territory.
The Nua-Pratut Kingdom is fairly independent of the huge Noorhitam Empire.
Aja is an island kingdom mentioned several times in this book.
Cities Include: Lunthea Maly and Suthinnakor
If they could somehow be illustrated as cities—maybe a palace motif or something else to give an impression of city—that would be great.
Lestari is just a small town. It features in the book, so while it’s not as important as the cities, I would like to have it depicted.
Daramuti is a mountain temple. It is a very IMPORTANT location in this story, so I would like to see it illustrated somehow.
The area entitled “Chhayan Territory” is plains country, so no mountains there. Maybe some low hills can be implied.
The area entitled “Kitar Territory” never features in the story, so you may feel free to leave it mostly blank. It still exists as part of the Noorhitam Empire, but since no characters visit it, there’s no need to give it any details.
I would like to see the “Caravan Journey to Daramuti” illustrated somehow, though NOT in an ugly red line like I have done!
The place where the caravan journey crosses through “Chhayan Territory” is, again, plains country. This part of the journey does feature in the book, so it’s important that it be kept accurate: rolling, blank, grassy country.
I’d like to see pretty mountains illustrated for the “Khir Mountains,” not the brown lumps I used to indicate them!
I would love to see this raw image of mine transformed into a realistic, convincing, topographical map. I am happy to see it either in color or in black-and-white. The version in the print book will be black-and-white, but color options would look amazing in the Kindle edition. Sepia tones would also be very welcome.
Compass directions are indicated on the raw image. A pretty compass illustration would be great!
Other pretty illustrative elements would be welcome as well. Important motifs I would love to see included are:
• Moon Goddess—beautiful and feminine
• Sun God—Handsome and Lordly
Any one or several of these elements would be welcome, particularly the Moon Goddess.
The setting is a pseudo-Asian (Chinese) fantasy, so the overall design should reflect that emphasis. All very elegant and beautiful.
I will need the final image to fit in a 5” x 8” book. It needs to fit naturally in a rectangular space.
Thank you so much! Please feel free to ask questions if I have not made something clear.