If you’re enjoying Game of Thrones season 8, you’ll go crazy for these impeccably detailed maps of Westeros created by GOT fan and artist Julio Lacerdo. The 25-year-old wanted to create the maps as a way to welcome the last episodes of his favorite show.
Applying his passion for cartography, Lacerda nailed the detailed map of Westeros, creating the perfect representation of the complex world George R.R. Martin masterfully put together.
A lifelong fan of geography and cartography, Julio become intrigued by the layout of Westeros. About a year ago, he decided to create some fantasy maps of his own.
Lacerdo has been an artist from a very young age, growing into the talented illustrator he is today.
He spends most of his time drawing dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. His work is often featured in books, magazines, and museums.
The artist also loves fantasy and pop culture – hence his obsession with Game of Thrones.
“I found out about Game of Thrones when the show was in its second or third season,” Lacerda told Bored Panda.
“It was starting to gather a big following, and even though none of my friends had been watching it yet, people were talking about it a lot on the internet. So, I decided to give it a chance and immediately fell in love with it.”
Not only does he obsess over the TV series, in addition, he has read all of the books. As is often the case, he finds the literary series better than the television series.
“As cliche as it sounds, I have to say that I prefer the literary version,” said Julio.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a book nerd, but I think books are always better too. They can convey so much more detail than a television series.
“The world that George R. R. Martin has built over the years is so incredibly detailed and well-thought-out, some aspects of it just have to be simplified or left out altogether for the TV adaptation.”
While he truly enjoys the show, he mentions the limitations it is faced with in comparison to the book version.
“Also, working with such a huge audience, a [limited] budget and deadlines make the writing for the show a lot less rich and smart compared to the original. That said, I still like the show very much and it did a great job of bringing the story to life.”
“I think what makes me like Game of Thrones so much is the fact that it’s one of the most complex stories I’ve seen, coupled with truly incredible worldbuilding,” Julio said.
“At least in the books, every single person and place mentioned have some background info presented at some point, and almost every action of the characters have a meaning or payoff later in the story. It’s a rabbit hole of trivia and theories that are hard to leave once you’ve jumped in!”
“With season 8 airing, I felt inspired to try my hand at replicating this iconic map in a somewhat realistic way (as if it was seen from space), since most reconstructions of the maps in Game of Thrones go for either a simplified or traditional, vintage look.”
“Fortunately, the map of Westeros is fairly well-documented,” Julio resolved. “I cross-referenced several different sources, with special attention to the official The Lands of Ice and Fire maps.”
The maps took around two days to complete.
Julio started by creating the outline of the landmass. From there, he created a “height map to represent the different altitudes and ran it through an erosion simulator, which gives the terrain this realistic look.”
Lastly, he textured the image using inspiration from NASA photographs before rendering it in a 3D software to interpret the height map so that it perfectly replicates lights and shadows.
“The final step was to add all the graphics and text.”
People around the Internet have taken note that this map resembles Ireland and the UK if the two were combined.
“Being from west Dublin it appears I live in a place called Crakehall just south of Lannister port.”
The maps are also proving rather eye opening
What do you think of these maps? Do certain things in the series make more sense now?