Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
My buddy's map by Bizkuteatr My buddy's map by Bizkuteatr
I appreciate comments, but I've changed accounts...
Please FAV and post Comments at: [link]

**********************************************

This was a painting that I did for a friend of mine for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, I took this shot after it was framed and there is a slight glare.

I used an old map that I found on the web that dated back to 1622 for reference. I used watercolors and black ink.

The coat of arms is his family's (Walters) from Wales.

***** I've changed DA accounts... Though I still encourage comments, please leave them on the csdavis account [link]
Thanks! Chris *****
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2007-01-03
My buddy's map by ~Bizkuteatr ( Featured by alchemism )
:iconkaysmalls:
KaySmalls Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love.
Reply
:iconrainb0wpanda:
Rainb0wPanda Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Photographer
very nice mate!
Reply
:iconrogueagencies:
RogueAgencies Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Absolutely love it. Do you do commissioned pieces?

Drop me a line at nic[at]rogueagencies[dot-com-dot-au] if you do.


N
Reply
:iconfrankencow:
Frankencow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Magnificent work!
Reply
:iconrocker43mike:
rocker43mike Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008   Filmographer
great job! do you mind if i use it for my history class? I'll put your deviant name so that they know its from you.

Thanks..
Reply
:icontaralitha:
Taralitha Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
My god, it's beautiful! One of my passions is old maps. This is was of the most beautiful I've seen in a while!
Reply
:iconoibyrdsdds:
OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Hi there! :wave: your work has been featured here --> [link]
plz shoot me a note if you'd rather not be a feature :) I apologize for the cut-and-paste mesage - all a part of time management ;) Keep up the great work! :clap::trophy:
~Sandi
aka ^oibyrd
Reply
:iconuniquelyyours:
UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
So clean! I love the detail and the wash in the background. Nice work-
Reply
:iconstrangeloser:
StrangeLoser Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
i love the old maps!:>
Reply
:iconoscarthe:
Oscarthe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Ah, yes.

Very authentic. The Island of California, Van Diemen's Land being too far from New Holland (home) ...
Brilliant, although I can't recall having seen one with a bloated Indonesia stretched across the Pacific...

But, I haven't seen everything, have I?

:+fav:
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
HAHA... I saw several awkward interpretations of lands when researching this. Japan was strangely documented in 1622 as well. It looks like they also gave up on Australia (or New Holland as they called it)!

but honestly, you have to be impressed with 17th century cartographers whose GPS consisted of a sextant that only worked at night!
Reply
:iconoscarthe:
Oscarthe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Yes, I am.

But it's pretty amazing, though. A lot of hearsay involved with it as well.
Or at least with the even earlier ones... Ptolemaic maps are quite extensive...
They're amazingly accurate if you think about it... What a trader told a trader, from a trader, from the east, who trades with ...

I see New Holland isn't melded with the southern supercontinent.
Of course there has to be equivalent landmass in the Southern Hemisphere. Otherwise the world would be unbalanced!
Reply
:iconmichellemariesuan:
michellemariesuan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is there a chipmunk or a squirrel in the coat of arms... Is that really originally there?
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
I researched his family and with that and a photo of an old framed coat of arms from his grandparents' belongings that showed a squirrel I added a slightly modified version to the painting. The squirrel in a coat of arms symbolizes "woodsman" or something along those lines. The moto roughly translates to "Duke of Wisdom" so I added replaced the normal wreath with a Dukes crown.

You can find more information about the symbolism behind coat of arms at: fleurdelis.com [link]

Chris
Reply
:iconmichellemariesuan:
michellemariesuan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for clearing that out... :) Yeah, a squirrel seemed kind of unique to me so I had to blurt out the question. :D
Reply
:iconflyingpurplepig:
FlyingPurplePig Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Fantastic! So interesting and so much detail.
Reply
:iconwire-master:
Wire-Master Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
This is beautiful and amazing.
Especially since it is a painting!
Congrats on the DD!
:+fav:
Reply
:iconclokverkorange:
clokverkorange Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
I love this work. It's an original idea - somthing thats hard to come by these days.

Is the shakiness of the circular lines a tribute to the hand drawn, imperfect style of older maps? It really lends a lot of credibility to the image. I honestly thought you just took a picture of a map at first glance, I didn't realize it was completely hand done. Spot on.
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Thanks for your comments. Yes, if you look closely enough you can unfortunately see my errors with the pen. but I'd like to think that I was duplicating an age old "imperfect style"!!! Thanks!
Reply
:icon7thblacksheep:
7thBlackSheep Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Agreed.
This is a amazing original idea. Outstanding Job.
Reply
:iconcatyviri:
cAtyviri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow, so awesome @___________@
Reply
:iconhaonavy:
Haonavy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007   Photographer
Great Job!

I'm a sucker for old maps...
Reply
:iconakitoyagami:
AkitoYagami Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
I love Maps absolutely.
Reply
:icondespise13:
despise13 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
now that is dedication. looks amazing.
Reply
:iconabraham-darkrow:
abraham-darkrow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
SO MUCH WORK O_O AMAZIN'
Reply
:iconnaiomi-chan:
naiomi-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thats amazing. The detail is wonderful and so is the aging treatment.
Reply
:iconcabadrin:
cabadrin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice map!
Reply
:iconndarinzo:
NDarinzo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Amazing. Much better than most other art these days.
Reply
:iconcobweb-stock:
Cobweb-stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007   Photographer
:wow: I am insanely jealous, but in the good kind of way... Fantastic work!

And re: the squirrel -- It must be a Welsh thing. :giggle:
Reply
:iconseiko-harlequin:
Seiko-Harlequin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007   Photographer
Where's Alaska and Australia :|

Oh wait - found them!

THIS IS AMAZING *claps very hard*
Reply
:iconallthesame:
AllTheSame Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Student General Artist
Tis' a fierce squirrel, milord. That's impressive detail work with the brush and pen. It looks like the real deal!
Reply
:icontagness:
tagness Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Ooh, really excellent work! You got in some really nice detail. My dad would die from happiness if he had that painting. :D
Reply
:iconstickersticker:
stickersticker Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is something i'm very interested in and have tried doing several times... Do you have any references or resources you could send me on the technique you used to make this? the process etc... I would like to make large painted maps of some of the books i read or worlds in my head *dreams*
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
I just took a blank watercolor grade paper and brushed clean water on it with a scrunched up papertowel. Then dipped the same wet papertowel lightly in earth tones such as browns and yellows. You smear this all over the paper. If a few spots come out dark, then add more water to lighten it... these are basic watercolor techniques.

After a day of drying I used an ultrafine black waterproof pen. (waterproof as in it won't bleed if it touches water). thats about it. Just practice with your medium. that's the only way to get a feel for it. Then the medium won't be in charge, you will and impressive stuff will flow from your hand!

You'll want to study and research your subject. I spent at least a half dozen hours looking over various maps throughout the history of cartography. You'll find really nice ones at Barns & Nobles/Borders stores, but you can also find all sorts of good information on the web.

The other important thing is (which I have the hardest time with) is knowing when to stop! A lot of ancient maps have all this elaborate details in the margins so that every inch of the canvas is covered. You can overkill a subject (especially decerative maps) with too much detail.
Remember, as with all art, you want your outcome to be pleasing to the veiwers eye.

Good luck.
Reply
:iconstickersticker:
stickersticker Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
Reply
:icondampes8n:
DampeS8N Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Would you consider doing one of these later on for a video game? A fictional land. Maybe even parts that could be used as game tiles. I would be more clear later if you are game. I would pay you of course.
Reply
:iconpyrowriter:
pyrowriter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Amazing work! I love old (or old-looking) maps. <3
Reply
:iconstarbones:
starbones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
My god that's amazing! it looks like an authentic map.
beautiful work.
Reply
:iconpiano-sam:
piano-sam Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Old maps are so cool. Very nice.
Reply
:iconnightsnake:
NightSnake Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
I'm an old paper fan, did you old it yourself? I love to do that!
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
The background was just watercolors on white strathmore paper.
I used a few differnt tones of brown and yellow and a wadded up papertowel to wash the "antiquing" on. I let it set for a day or so before I put the ink to it.
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Interesting, I'll remember that.
Reply
:iconnightsnake:
NightSnake Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Nice you can get a more realistic effect with coffe and water and the smell gives more credibility
Reply
:iconblack-allison:
Black-Allison Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Wow, that is so cool. Your friend is a very lucky person.
Reply
:iconiammalice:
iammalice Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Wow....this is amazing! I like maps, but this map's is delightful! Beautiful!

-----------
Sorry my English...is worse than bad xD
Reply
:iconprep-executioner:
prep-executioner Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
amazing! I have a hard time with maps,but this is just...wow!
Reply
:iconcsikjarudi:
csikjarudi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
i love old maps, and that is awesome! fav.
Reply
:iconfanartprof:
FanartProf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
so, is north american not compleated because of the Ice, and no one is really sure where it ends? or... what?

^_^ it is a fantastic work, though. It's great to see an artist do something like this.
Reply
:iconbizkuteatr:
Bizkuteatr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
The best I could gather from research was no one had ventured to that point of America as of around 1622 and lived to document it!
Reply
:iconfanartprof:
FanartProf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
oh yea. ^_^ i knew that. i guess i didn't paqy attention to when this map took place.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
December 29, 2006
Image Size
1.6 MB
Resolution
2304×1728
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
30,009
Favourites
333 (who?)
Comments
82

Camera Data

Make
SONY
Model
DSC-S90
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
160
Date Taken
Dec 20, 2006, 6:07:36 PM
×