28 October 2014

Map Illustrations for The World of Ice and Fire by Michael Gellatly

Cover of George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire
Cover of George R. R. Martin's, "The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones"

Map Illustrations for George R. R. Martin's, "The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones" by Michael Gellatly

In 2006 Michael Gellatly was commissioned by Random House to create a series of fully embellished map illustrations for George R.R. Martin's long anticipated book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The World of Ice and Fire - the never-before-seen history of Westeros and the Lands Beyond. With the book scheduled for release today, we are able to share with you these maps of mythical places. Says Gellatly, "It was quite the adventure!" Michael talks more about the project, and how he came to work with George R. R. Martin in this interview with AltPick. And after the jump, we'll learn a little more about Michael's process in the creation of these maps, and look at some example of the early concepts alongside the fully realized final versions.

Map illustration by Michael Gellatly of the fictional land of King's Landing from George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones
Map illustration by Michael Gellatly of the fictional King's Landing from George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones
Map illustration by Michael Gellatly of the fictional land of Iron Islands from George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones
Map illustration by Michael Gellatly of the fictional Iron Islands from George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones

Map illustrations by Michael Gellatly for The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones


Although Gellatly's maps carry the feeling of a hand drawn, painted document, there exists no original. Elements of the maps are drawn freehand or painted and scanned into Photoshop where Gellatly is able to manipulate the images to create these new worlds. Everything is hand crafted - stained paper, drawings, watercolor, tinting, icons, and legends are all built separately. The maps are a multimedia collage of Gellatly's own work, realized in Photoshop. To see more of the World of Ice and Fire, visit Michael Gellatly's Map Illustration Portfolio where you will see additional lands from The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones, along with some earlier maps that inspired George R. R. Martin. Below we present a series of early map concepts, the starting points of Gellatly's illustrative travels into the world of Game of Thrones.

A watercolor painting resembling a map and terrain by Michael Gellatly
"Questionable Terrain". Early Watercolor Test Map by Michael Gellatly
A watercolor painting resembling a map and terrain by Michael Gellatly
"Questionable Terrain - Further Down the Coast". Early Watercolor Test Map by Michael Gellatly
Watercolor Map Illustration Rendering by Michael Gellatly
"The Land of Many Twists and Turns". Further Process of Map Illustration, with placement of watercolors, icons, and compass points, by Michael Gellatly
Map Obscured by a Car Wreck
"Uncertain Borders". Teaser Map for The World of Ice and Fire with Cartography Obscured
Partially Realized Map Illustration Showing Terrain and River System
"The Island". Teaser Map for The World of Ice and Fire with Cartography Obscured
Interior of Game of Thrones: World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin with Map Illustration by Michael Gellatly
Map illustration by Michael Gellatly of the fictional Known World from George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice and Fire. The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones


George Raymond Richard Martin, often referred to as GRRM, is an American novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, and a screenwriter and television producer. From Wikipedia.


More Information about Technical and Fine-art Illustrator Michael Gellatly

Michael Gellatly's work would simply be characterized as technical reference illustrations, maps, or instructions, were it not for the otherworldly, erotic, fine-art twist he weaves into his images. He is an accomplished studio artist, drawing inspiration from the many mediums he works in, including sculpture and digital photography. He lives and works in Miami, Florida.
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More Portfolios from Michael Gellatly: Editorial, Maps, Fine Art

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