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Explore fantasy art: Francesca Baerald

Ever since I was young I have always loved maps. Poring over them, picking out the details, and of course drawing my own. So I was amazed when I saw Francesca Baerald’s work.

Middle Earth map by Francesca Baerald

Judging from her ArtStation page, she is in demand, and has illustrated maps for board games, novels, and computer games.

Sol System map (Siege of Terra) by Francesca Baerald

I first noticed her work in the Black Library Siege of Terra series, and was intrigued to know more. Her maps for that series had me reliving my childhood, pressing the maps almost to my nose to pick out every detail. Ultimately is was easier on my ageing eyes to find her ArtStation page to look at larger versions!

The North (A Song of Ice and Fire) by Francesca Baerald
Midgard map by Francesca Baerald
Gloomhaven (Jaws of the Lion) map by Francesca Baerald

Maps of cities can be quite boring, but add enough detail and there’s plenty to look at, as exemplified by the map above. What is that interior city wall protecting. Why is there only a single bridge across the river, and who gets to cross it. Is that a barracks at the southern end, or something else? I really could spend all day looking at these maps.

12 comments on “Explore fantasy art: Francesca Baerald

  1. daggerandbrush
    January 23, 2021

    I love her work, too. She is one of the best map illustrators out there.

    If you love maps, you might find the Cartographers Guild forum of interest:

    https://www.cartographersguild.com/forum.php

  2. John@justneedsvarnish
    January 23, 2021

    Those really are nice maps! 🙂

  3. Mikko
    January 23, 2021

    Wow, these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kuribo
    January 24, 2021

    These are all beautiful but obviously, the Middle Earth is my favorite of the bunch. Thanks for sharing Francesca’s work, Dave!

  5. Ben Davies
    January 24, 2021

    Those are stunning! Thanks for pointing her out.

    • davekay
      January 25, 2021

      No worries, Ben, glad you enjoyed them

  6. backtothehammer
    January 27, 2021

    I right with you on loving maps. It’s probably one of the things that drew me to fantasy books as you almost always have world maps. It’s one of the things I’m liking about the old world teasers. I’ll definitely be perusing that link.

    • davekay
      January 27, 2021

      Yes, I’m one of those who would spend time before reading a novel just looking at the map at the start of the book.

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