Fantasy Maps: The Art of Exploring Imaginary Worlds Staff Pick

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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21 Lessons (1h 49m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:20
    • 2. Class Overview

      3:08
    • 3. Lesson: Mapping Imagination pt. 1

      5:34
    • 4. Lesson: Mapping Imagination pt. 2

      3:05
    • 5. Lesson: From Glyphs to Grams

      3:40
    • 6. Lesson: The Story of Data

      3:28
    • 7. Lesson: The Invisible Kingdom

      6:42
    • 8. Lesson: The Map Inside

      7:21
    • 9. Lesson: Journey and Destination

      8:00
    • 10. Lesson: Metaphors and Monsters

      6:04
    • 11. Lesson: Searching for Utopia

      3:44
    • 12. Project: Planning a Utopia

      8:48
    • 13. Project: Gathering References

      4:04
    • 14. Project: Boundaries and Borders

      3:06
    • 15. Project: Water and Trees

      6:08
    • 16. Project: Roads and Landscapes

      4:48
    • 17. Project: Structures and Landmarks

      6:40
    • 18. Project: Legend and Color

      6:56
    • 19. Project: Compass and Type

      7:00
    • 20. Project: Frame and Texture

      7:18
    • 21. Wrap It Up

      1:35
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About This Class

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Learn to think and work like a mapper of imaginary places.

The best way to explore an imaginary world is with a map. But a map is capable of so much more than charting geography. It can give an intimate look at an extraordinary time and place. Join me as we take a trip through the famous and obscure map artifacts that help define the art form and then put these new insights to use as we plan and design a personal utopia.

Here are the topics I'll be covering:

  • A history of map symbols and icons.
  • The fundamental elements of map design.
  • How maps represent stories of the fantastic.
  • How maps use metaphor.
  • How to create map landscapes.
  • Creating symbols, icons, and type.
  • Adding 'artifact' color and texture.

This class is access to students working in digital and traditional mediums. I'm working in Clip Studio Paint for visual clarity.