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Johnathan "Mapmaker" White is the man behind the map in Pirates of the Burning Sea. Today, he files this developer journal that discusses what he does on the project. Included are three drawings he did.
|A Historic Cartographer is the name given to the very few of us in the industry that specializes in the creation of researched maps that represent a specific location at a particular point in time (mine specialization being 15th through 18th centuries). The term "Portolan" is used to identify hand-made maps that are observed as having a specific set of characteristics used by early Cartographers (Cartouche, Scale, Windrose, Rhumblines, and Misc uses of Hand-Created Art in the Map itself). A "Portolan Artist" is someone who follows the same design principles and technique as early Cartographers.|
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Formerly of MMORPG.com
Currently Lead Designer for Bit Trap Studios