Mapping a Fantasy World

World Map 2g

My next big fantasy, “Blood Princess” (working title) will require a full world map πŸ˜‰ So, decided to make one from scratch.

Now, I’m no geologist, but I know just a taaad about continental drift.

I started with an oval of the world, drew some fault lines, and then had some land mass bleed out onto the earth. Things begin to drift, collide, create mountains and continents, leaving islands in their wake…

I know I wanted a big “main” continent, so there it is smack in the middle, while the smaller continents are there on the sides. I’m not sure if I gave the world enough water, though :\

Taking the poles and equator into equation, I painted in some deserts, icy wastelands, forests, mountains, and it’s good to go!

Suuure, I could have just painted any old land mass and gone with that, but I thought doing it in a somewhat more scientific way would be more fun πŸ˜€

Eventually, I’ll fill out a fair portion with land marks and cities, but for now…hey, it’s a map of the world!

Here’s a gif of the process πŸ™‚

giphy

Of course, you can do this in a much more low-tech, kid-friendly way with some construction paper, scissors, and glue πŸ˜€ Use some blue paper as the sea, cut about 1/3 the size out of green paper, cut a jagged outline for pangaea, cut that up, and rearrange over the sea for your own world map!

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