Bealdunagaen – fantasy map sketch

Update: March 29, 2018

Fearing the River Police would find me and confiscate my map drawing tools, I went back and added some rivers and made sure none split after downriver. I went pretty light on the rivers on this one, so it wasn’t too bad.

Hand drawn Fantasy map in color

Getting crazy with some color

This island-heavy map was inspired by the area around Bealadangan on the west side of Ireland, thus the nameĀ Bealdunagaen.

Color hand-drawn map with islands and mountains of imaginary Bealdunagaen

On this fantasy map, I dipped my toe into the excitement of adding color.

Color Creativity

I used a variety of media for coloring the map, wanting to used what I had on hand. In the end I used graphite pencils, sharpies, highlighters, gel pens, and crayons. But I wasn’t getting the quality of blending I wanted.

I was cleaning out a drawer in my bathroom and found a bag of makeup that I hadn’t touched in years. Mmmmmmm… So the brown of mountains is an eyeliner pencils. The shading is a combination of crayons and eye shadows. I like the way the land and mountains turned out. I eventually gave up on the water. It’s a mixture of highlighter and crayon trying to hide the highlighter.

Bealdunagaen sketch and various media used

When the light hits the paper, the colors look shiny from the sparkly bits in the eyeshadows. Yay! Finally a use for makeup!

Bealdunagaen map cropped to show shiny reflection

Orignal pencil sketch of Bealdunagaen

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