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Old Posted Jan 13, 2010, 10:21 PM
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Norscand - Geofiction world visualization

"Geofiction - Worldbuilding is the process of constructing an imaginary world"

Some of you are aware of Norscand Guy's amazing imaginary world of Norscand. He has created a collection of maps for his fictional island, which are the most detailed and amazing I have seen. What he has achieved with Norscand is truely mind blowing with population density figures, railmaps, mileage charts, autoroute atlas and detailed city plans. At times you have to remind yourself that you're not looking at a real place, it is all made up!

I contacted him with an idea. I was so inspired by his work I wanted to see it as more than just 2D maps, so I suggested I produce sketches, perspectives and conceptual visuals for Norscand.

This thread will focus on my drawings of his world, a true collaboration. I am beginning in Gramen, the capital of Norscand and the islands largest city. Check out the Gramen map here. I am in regular contact with Norscand guy and he is advising me on details, key landmarks and other parts, so the finished drawings are hopefully bringing his imagined world into reality.

I'll post regular updates once I've run them by him. Some drawings are work in progress, but hopefully they will help to give you a feel for the world he has created.

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Gramen

- Capital city with a metropolitan population of 4,780.000. the main downtown is built on a peninsula plateau with the historical Frentroit on a high rocky ridge to the northeast. Here's a taster.



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Really great idea to bring his maps to life!

oh ya and of course... amazing drawings!
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Amazing.

His map of downtown Gramen really helped me figure out ways to display features on my own fictional maps. It's probably my favourite out of all his work. I'd like to see him try more street-level type maps. He draws large regions on maps while I am more focused on the urban area.
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Terrific sketch! Will he be adding it to his webpage as well? It would be a great compliment to the maps.
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Terrific sketch! Will he be adding it to his webpage as well? It would be a great compliment to the maps.
haha, don't know, thats out of my hands!
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Sud Convention Centre

This lies on the southern flanks of the plateau that makes up central Gramen. You can see this escarpment bottom left of this image. The plateau rises approximately 30m above the sea and is flat topped. When planning the Sud Convention Centre engineers had to overcome a problematic site, hemmed in by the main arterial express route to the south - the SudRosh Aiskai Ring road and lying on a falling ground level. The solution was a partly split level construction with a lower service entrance at the front (south side) and the main public entrance 30m above at the back (north side). On top of the convention centre are 3 tubular towers with truncated crowns. The central tower rises 138m above the podium and 170m above the lower ground level. It contains a 310 room hotel for guest visiting for conventions.

The skyline in the far distance is that of Rodettl, nearly 25km to the east.



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Central Ferry Terminal

The main ferry terminal for Gramen lies on the most southerly tip of the peninsula. From here a network of ferries cross the calm waters of the Gramen and Lonshanen Boil to the exclusive suburbs of Amsen, Eimsen, Jeffen and Papsen.



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amazing city planning and drawings there.

and its very important too to visualize the best way to build cities for the future.
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Looks like the pictures were added. Love the guy's site.
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Wow, I'm so glad to found out this thread. So much inspirations and he is very talented to do map works and drawings. The site is out of sight. Thanks for sharing this information.
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Major bump. yo

But really, any new drawings on these? I think this idea was brilliant.
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No new drawings, but he just posted an interactive train schedule (earlier this month), added a behind-the-scenes video showing how he draws maps, a short feature about the conlang he uses to name things, and a map of the fictional planet the continent is located on. He is working on another large scale city centre plan, as well.

http://www.norscand.net/
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Wow, These maps are just insane. Insanely good!
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Pingyao those hand sketches are jaw dropping. The opening one with the perfect perspective of the suburbs climbing the hills to the East. Well, everything as the last shot is just as incredible, the ferry terminal, the "casual" excellence of the ferry service logo, the catamaran itself, the tensile structures reminiscent of Vancouver's cruise-ship terminal/hotel.
If I was awed 4 years ago by your city in that cool-shaped Baluchistani peninsula, I am even more so now.

I think you have a shot at making the representation of this city a combo of both hand and Computer-aided sketches.

Impressive artwork.

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What I mean to say is THANK YOU for the inspiration.
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I just discovered this and wanted to say how awesome I think it is.

I have had a fictional island country stuck in my head since I was a kid, and occasionally draw maps of it. Despite having no real artistic talent, someday I'd like to create something similar to this... Yeah right, haha.

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I have the artistic ability and until recently the time to do this but never seem to get far. It requires a lot of dedication.
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I forgot about this thread. Thanks for the comments. Dedication and time is the main problem I find. So many ideas, not enough time and patience. I can't honestly say if I'll ever get back into this, but its a cool idea.
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