Making Maps Feel Real; Diorama DesignMaps have a special role and meaning for fantasy novels. For one, they are often needed to orient readers to crazy, new worlds; but to make the fantasy-world be realized, I decided to depict the maps for Dyscrasia Fiction real landscapes (not common cartographers' maps). Below, the color version of the Land made for Spawn of Dyscrasia (publication in process Summer 2014) is a photograph of a 5' x 3' diorama constructed in my basement. This post details the making of it. First, note that there is no compass rose; instead, the sunrise indicates East. The predecessor Lords of Dyscrasia had maps that appeared as hand-drawn sketches of the same landscape, which were used to guide the scaling (they are available online too as interactive maps--link).
|Spawn of Dyscrasia Map|
|Lords of Dyscrasia - Maps made interactive online|