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T.A. Maps Case

T.A. Maps Case

Before we start with the first one, i want to clarify some things. Parts in cursive, like this one, will be commentary from administration that took part in creating page. Original text that was provided for Case might be expanded, or altered, but original idea would not going to be changed(I’m going to try not to change much as well). Pictures provided might be altered or replaced, or accompanied by other pictures that are going to provide better experience, clarification to process, or provide additional information about subject of particular part(i.e. additional pictures and links to light tablets, like im probably going to do in this Case).- Anzhc

Also you can find a way to contact him for questions and commissions at his page – T.A. Maps

Traditional Process

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Okay, so, where do I start? Traditional mapping is time consuming, but, trust me, it is WORTH the effort you put in, as none of the maps made with any software will give you as much satisfaction when you finish it more than this one.

                I should start with my set of tools that I use for mapmaking, then I shall explain how I use each one.

Toolset and Process

As you can see, nothing out of the ordinary or too complicated, one 30cm ruler, and one 15 cm (or 6 inches) ruler, a compass divider with pencil and with 2 pins, an eraser, and my calligraphy set that I use for signing my maps: a glass dip pen, a pen holder (underneath the pen’s tip), and two ink bottles, one holding blue and the other one holding red ink. (I like variation)

                My 30 cm ruler is a little bit special, since it eases the process of drawing borders, due to the additional lines that form squares. Each square is one cm, so I know where on the page should I place the border, sometimes I leave one centimeter or two, depending on client’s preferences. 

                The smaller ruler, the blue one I use mostly for smaller measurements, such as defining the space between the two points of the compass dividers, which I will explain later, or draw the guide lines for the text on the map.

                The two-pins compass divider I use to define distances, I rarely use it since most of my clients preffer aesthetic over precision (most of the time), but if, for example, one client requires that the scale for the map is 10km/2cm, and then he mentions that from town X to Town Y, the distance is 30km, then I adjust my two-pins compass divider legs to be two centimeter appart and then I start taking measurements

The compass I use when it’s needed to draw a round compass on the map, the size of the compass I define just like I did with the two pins compass divider, only since one pin would be in the middle of the circle, instead of a 2 cm compass, it will be 4 cm instead.

                You already know what a pencil and eraser does :D. I use those mostly in the drafting part, when I draw the map entirely in pencil and talking with my customer about how the map should look and what to change. After that I ink it using liners, it can be any liners, but Pigma Micron Sakura is my preference.

I tried to find that for you, if you’re interested: Amazon Link to Sakura Pigma Micron

After the pencil draft is done, and the client is happy with it, I pull out my light tablet (It can be any brand, any size, but prefereably the size of your page or bigger), and I start drawing.

I also make sure to secure the paper with some clips.

Not as expensive as i expected, A4 size you can get starting from about 17-20$ on Amazon, like this one  A3 can be acquired for about 40-50$, like this one. A2 size is not expensive too, link to A2

P.S. I’m not experienced in them, tablets i’ve chosen are just popular, you probably can find cheaper and better models if you look for 5 minutes. Pics of some tablets for reference, because T.A. didn’t take a picture of full one with good lighting.

A4, A3 and A2 sized light tablets i found on Amazon
Now back to text.

And THEN I start blasting.
At the end I sign myself using my calligraphy set, but only if the client is okay with that.

Small Digital Part

Then I scan it, and add a parchment layer, if the client wants.

T.A. is using 4:3 monitor, that’s why printscreen is almost square.

And that sums up my way of making maps.

Aaand here we have it, our first case of traditional process. I was expecting something much more expensive in terms of equipment, but well, in total it’ll be about 100$ for A2 light tablet, sakura micron liners, paper and other small pieces. Though that doesn’t factor in more fancy things, like red/blue ink, caligraphy set for signing and other things, but you dont need them to make a map.

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