Author Shawn Gunn commissioned me to make this map for his upcoming novel (www.swgunn.com/heima)
The black and white look was chosen so that it would look its best printed crisp and clean on the page of the book.
As usual, I had a great time drawing the mountains. The border was a bit of an exploration--I'm getting more complex with borders, but I still don't want them to overwhelm the map itself. I used a new technique on the forests, and I like the way they came out. Yes, the trees look a little "large" compared to the mountains, but it's not a satellite view, after all. Maps are symbolic, and these features, especially in a fantasy/medieval map, are meant to convey the most important and relevant information to the viewer.
You can click through on the map to be taken to the my Deviant Art page where the full resolution version of the map can be downloaded.