How is it that I’ve gone this long without playing with the beautiful vintage hand-painted shaded relief of yesteryear’s cartographers, generously made available by Tom Patterson?
Inspired by a tweet from Greg Fiske, I decided it was time to shelve the algorithms for a while and fall into the richly airbrushed relief shading of some amazing cartographers of the past.
Here is the original painted work of Schutzler…
Re-colored color scheme to create cool shade, warm slopes, and transparent mid-tones…
And here is the NASA imagery…
Isn’t that fun?? Thanks Tom for the excellent resource, connecting cartographers across the generations.
Here is a quick how-to (including the source project with all the data and styles).
Happy Mapping! John
P.S. Here’s Africa, with hillshade painted by Kenneth Townsend (date unknown).
And Alaska, with hillshade painted by Dorothy Nelson (date unknown).