There And Back Again. Dad’s Map as a path from digital to drawn and back to digital

I’ve been into hand drawing maps lately, to give as gifts. What a blast. I’ve found that the process is pretty cyclical, though as I use a GIS to prep for a hand drawn map, and then later was inspired by the results to create texture resources for GIS so I could make hand drawn … Continue reading There And Back Again. Dad’s Map as a path from digital to drawn and back to digital

CFB Championship

Well, we have an all-SEC (yaaaawwwnnn, oh, pardon me) championship game. Here are how the two teams compare, by way of in-state players and Air Mile Index, by class… Actually, it is a pretty interesting match-up of recruiting footprints; the two programs have much different patterns. Alabama’s Air Mile index is typical of a top-tier … Continue reading CFB Championship

Hillshade by Hand

I’ve been setting parameters for digital hillshade for years. And loving it. But when I got a close look at an actual graphite-on-paper sheet of hillshade from an unknown cartographer of the past I felt…jealous. This was the remarkable work of a master. And it was laid down with their mind and hand. The ideas … Continue reading Hillshade by Hand

Papercut Lake Map

To continue my apparent Great Lakes phase, I’ve made a map that looks like it was assembled from a stack of punch-cut cardstock paper layers to replicate lake bathymetry, like these eye-watering delights. Here is a how-to post if you are curious about the process or would like to download the source project, the data, … Continue reading Papercut Lake Map

Great Glacial Lakes

Amazingly, an ancient remote sensing satellite has been recovered, encased in permafrost, during an archaeological dig in a still-undisclosed location. The 10-20 thousand year old imaging technology was reverse-engineered and scientists have been able to extract the imagery from the device. Among the imagery they found this shot of what is now the Great Lakes … Continue reading Great Glacial Lakes