Hi Guys, I am needing some input and I was wondering if you could help me out. I am putting the finishing touches to my fantasy novel and I want to commission some hand-drawn maps to accompany it. What fantasy novel is complete without a map, right?!
I am going for simple, black and white look - nothing fancy. Why? Because complex images do not translate well onto a Kindle screen. I want something that my readers can actually see without having to manually zoom at the expense of their reading time. Here is a quick outline of what I made in visio for a specific country. I want to convert this into a black and white map.
If you want to picture what I am aiming for, open any fantasy novel from the 1980 - 2000, and you'll find a lovely black and white illustration on the first few pages. Simple. Effective. Clear. This is the look that I want to achieve.
So my question - how much would YOU pay for a hand-drawn black and white fantasy map? If you have had experience in something like this before - for your own novel or if you have experience in the illustration industry, I would love to hear it.
I really do want to strike the balance between affordability (I am not made of money) and honouring the value of an artists work. Please let me know your thoughts!