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Arkham by BlueCollarLove Arkham by BlueCollarLove
This is a map of H. P. Lovecraft's Arkham as invisioned by myself. I found a real map surveyed from 1886 of eastern Massachusetts and, through reading many of Lovecrafts stories over the past year, I decided on a location for the fictional city of Arkham. There is no river or major town in this location of Massachussets, so I had to change the terrain by hand to allow for the Miskatonic River Valley, as coined by Lovecraft. I used a scetch by the author as the reference for street positions and city size.

This is a part of the development of a larger project that I've been working on. Heres hoping it's the first of many updates.

Enjoy!
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Morsoth Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
This is truly amazing! It feel so real! Do you have any new version/updated map for this old project?
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! It was a really neat thing to play around with. I'm working toward making some updates to this, but life is really crazy now. !!!
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Featured… Maps and Directions KR Emote: Cthulhu 
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reemul Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Have you done any more work on this? I would absolutely love to buy a print of the map once you're finished.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey there, life has been crazy for a few years, I'm still really busy, but I'm working slowly toward improvements to this.
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19-dreams Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
The use of the '98 topo base was a stroke of genius. I can't wair to see Innsmouth added to Great Neck. I am not sure that the Miskatonic River can be made to flow W-E from Dunwich - the topography just isn't there. I can't wait to see the next installment.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't wait either! I've done a little dabling with Innsmouth, but only just. And the river will flow from the West on the larger view of this image, suggesting it comes from somewhere over there, beyond the edge of the map...

The next update will be a change to the Welcome to Arkham sketch that I've been working on. After that, who knows?!

There's some makeup work happening to, though unrelated to Lovecraftia. You might get to see some of that soon.
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Incredible! It's got an amazing vintage realism that really stands out. It has such a reality to it I'm really excited to see more.

I really dig this. Favorited!
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, vonmeer! I would favorite it too... but its mine.

The realism is what I was hoping for, I deeply enjoy details and complexity, even though all those things take much more time to accomplish. It's worth it!
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Enano3355 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Is perfect

Cheer up and keep going
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Will do!!
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Red-walker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Wonderful work on that map; my only criticism is you need to add some more infrastructure (roads) north of the river, there must be a good reason to build four bridges across a river within a mile of each other. My thought is that Lovecraft must have only sketched the south half of Arkham.

I can hardly wait to see more of your project.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If i could be so bold, I can't wait to see more of it either!

The feedback is soo appreciated!!
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zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hi, I tried posting a note on Propnomicon but I don't think it stuck. This is a great piece of work. To me it really gives Arkham a feeling of reality. I'm from Illinois and my knowledge of the geography of Massachusetts is limited so the first thing I did was find some maps to get a good point of reference. You've done an amazing job of fitting Arkham in perfectly.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad to hear that. My hope was to help people get that real world feeling, help bring to life the early 1900's and Lovecrafts woelds.

I'm from Ohio originaly, and I've never been to Massachusetts either! The research that I've done has been fairly extensive, but I still feel like theres years worth of stuff to learn to do what I'm imagining.

Heres hoping it doesn't take years!!
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louboumian Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've done a very nice & impressive work !
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are too kind! Thank you...
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louboumian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not too kind, but your job is just well done ! Now I am excited to see the surroundings of Arkham ;)
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Keep watching! I'm working on a sketch of the city itself from the air. I've posted the beginning stage already, titled Welcome to Arkham, and it is presently in development. I'm hoping to show my creative processes in incrimental stages.
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SethTalon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Very impressive. Is this the full size of the map? I'm wondering if Innsmouth and Dunwich will be included. And I'm very curious about the rest of your project.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, first off!

This isnt the full size, its a blown up portion. I didnt include the rest because a. the larger portions of the map are the original 1886 map unchanged, and b. the file was much too big to be able to see the Arkham detail at full resolution on dA.

I have the intention of working on Innsmouth and expanding Kingsport, yes, but my project focuses on Arkham mostly.

Dunwitch will not be approached creatively, no.
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GBSteve Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Very nice indeed.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, sir! Every bit of encouragement helps!
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hinIthil Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Oh, wow...that is *impressive*. Maybe post a link to what the town used to look like, for reference? Unless you don't want people to have that reference...:)

I definitely can't tell there was not a river. I wouldn't have known there wasn't a town there, except that you told me, and I"m looking for it being not real. (It is so enclosed/isolated - that's the only thing that looks "placed" about it, though) But even knowing you faked the river, I still can't understand it.
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BlueCollarLove Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you cannot understand!

That other sketch that I posted, I've been working on that all day today. It's really starting to feel like a place in it's own world. Thereare farms outside the city limits, a train chugging on the tracks, and you can see all the way to the horizon.

I can't wait to update!
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