A map of Aldirnföld

I’ve been working on creating a world map of Aldirnföld, the home of the Barin-Bál. This is the most important location in my series, The Aldirnföld Cycle, so it was important for me to make an image of the place. For this first map, I didn’t try to do too much: I wanted to give a broad view of the world; to show the general layout of the continents and islands; and also to have a base map that I could use like a template. Another thing to keep in mind is that this map was not drawn to scale.

Here’s how I made the map…

First, I started with a plain white 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. I sketched out the rough shapes of continents in pencil. I wasn’t concerned with where the continents would be on the final map or which way they’d be oriented.


Once I had that, I scanned it. I used GIMP, which is an amazing piece of free software, to take that rough sketch and turn it into a map. For free software, it’s got a ton of features, most of which I still don’t know how to use. Using GIMP, I was able to clean up the edges of my sketch and make sure I had the continents in the shapes I wanted. It looked like this…


As you can see, I started to move the continents around a little and get some idea of where they’d be sitting. I added color to distinguish between land and water, and I also ended up switching some more things around. The last pieces I added were the ice at the top of the map and a few extra islands scattered around. So…


I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. This was my first time making one with software, and I think it serves its purpose. Eventually, I plan on making some other maps of the world, to show geological features, population distribution, weather patterns, etc.

What do you think? I’d like to hear your thoughts on it, so please comment! I want to know what jumps out at you, what you like/don’t like, or anything else that comes to mind. My goal is to keep making maps like this, and your feedback will go a long way toward helping me learn what I need to improve.

More stuff on the way…


…Oh, and if you missed my last post, you should definitely check that out. I wrote about my new story that’s coming out soon, and gave a little introduction to The Aldirnföld Cycle.



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