The World of Calendria

How to design a world? (It begins with a love of cartography.)

I really just wanted to design a map. The reemergence of Electrofork's annual calendar seemed a perfect excuse– to create a world that felt familiar, at least at first glance. Maybe a kind of Pangaea. The point of departure: screen shots of the two hemispheres of earth; one containing North and Central America, the other displaying Europe, the Near East and the Northern portion of Africa. This afforded both the scale and a motley of shapes to reference.

Google maps overlaid as a reference
Google terrain maps overlaid to create a reference for a world that is vaguely familiar.

Shapes emerged, and from there the shores of the continent basically limned themselves– the Great Lakes merged with the Black Sea, The island cluster of Junistan emerged from the Persian Gulf, &c. as can be seen below.

first version of the mapsecond version of the map
third version of the mapsome pages of notes
Early incarnations of the world in progress. Click for larger views.

And the rest is just a sort of scrap book of progress.

a very small paper dummy of the map
Some images of the miniature paper dummy used to organize the information within the folds.

another peek of the dummy
Sneak peek at the dummy that appeared on the electrofork blog

rivers and mountains pencilled in
Sneak peek at pencilled rivers and mountains that appeared on the blog

the inked lines, no wash
The original inked map prior to greay washes around coastlines. 30" x 22" paper

Layer One Layer two
Layer three Layer four

Layer by layer of the finished map, 27" x 20"
(Click on the first map and use Next and Previous buttons (or the P and N keys) to click through)

Artwork ©2009 Elizabeth Daggar / Electrofork. All Rights Reserved. No part of this web site or the Atlas
may be reproduced without permission (save for promoting the atlas, in which case please link to this site.)
Exceptions to the copyright are the information and facts regarding holidays, names, etc.
found under The Names of Things, which came from the public domain.