These are snapshots from a work in progress. I am trying to get a combination of factors right to kind-of/sort-of replicate the look of 19th century field-sketched maps of elevation.
I am still working on adding a directional aspect to them (not shown), so they incorporate a bit of a hillshade dimension, like this awesome map.
In the meantime, it’s too fun not to share. Here is a look at the good old US 48…
You get some strange hairy effects when the lines get really dense or the hachure texture grows long. They remind me a little of Andy Woodruff’s mesmerizing elevation texture maps, and a bit of these vintage dense-contour elevation maps. But mostly they remind me of Burt Reynolds. Or a Shar-Pei…
I’ll post more when I get the hillshade dimension rolling. Looking forward to that. And I’ll link to a how-to.
Thanks to cartographer Jared Fischer, of the Dept. of the Interior, for his collaboration and inspiration along the way.
Happy Mapping, John