Do you love a good map? Could you spend hours poring over Google Earth, looking at random islands and tiny villages up in the mountains? Me too.
I love maps. I love looking at them, memorizing them and making them. Over the years I've drawn a sizable multitude of them. From Japan to Indiana, Africa to Seattle. It's been more than just a hobby, it's become my great quest.
This project is a great way to encapsulate my journey so far. I've learned so much and have improved my craft with the help of some great artists.
What better way to showcase 75+ maps than a big ol' coffee table book? This book is designed to be displayed. Meaning, it should look good if you leave it out on your table. It is full of beautiful drawings, colorful pictures and some light reading.
The main attraction is the collection of the 50 US states. I have written a little something for each state (some thoughts and fun facts) and included detail shots of each map.
It is 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. That means it opens up to a beautiful 20 inch spread. You'll notice something unique about the design. All the words are written in my handwriting (I scanned in my handwriting and turned it into a usable font). All other little details are also hand drawn....except the barcode.
Here are the specs:
- Hardcover wrapped in fabric with gold letters
- All pages are in full color on high quality paper.
- 190 Pages
- 10 inches x 12 inches
- Epic dust jacket (the sleeve that goes over the hardcover)
After the 50 states, I have "Countries and Such." That includes places like: New Zealand, Italy, Ireland (in English and Irish), Norway, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, England, Germany and more.
After that, I've included some practical stuff. Things like "How to Draw," a Key and some "Tools of the Trade." These should be a fun overview of the map making process.
I've also included some "Easter Eggs." Some are pretty obvious and some are extremely challenging.
Here's what the title page looks like:
I am enormously grateful to anyone who supports me, whether financially or by kind words. Here are a few tiers of what you get in return for supporting this project:
1. The Tortoise Sticker Pack: If you pledge $19 you will receive the coveted sticker pack.
This is no ordinary fellowship of tortoises. These valiant fellows are printed on high quality vinyl which means they are sturdy. How sturdy? Slap a few of these guys on your car and take it through the carwash sturdy. Great for laptops, water bottles and coolers.
2. The Hardcover Book: If you pledge $65 you will receive the Hardcover Coffee Table book.
3. SIGNED Hardcover Book + Tortoise Sticker Pack: If you pledge $80 you will receive the Hardcover Coffee Table book signed by me (the author) plus you will receive the pack of Tortoise stickers.
Hard Cover Book:
Get one copy hot off the press
SIGNED + Sticker Pack:
Get one copy of the Hard Cover Book, Plus a signature by the author, plus a tortoise sticker pack (13 pieces). The tortoises will guide you in your many adventures.