Monday, 10 June 2019

It's A Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek - Treasure Map

...continued from X Marks The Spot

 This is the "making of" of my Star Trek treasure map, as featured in the last post (and linked to just up there ^).  It came about thanks to the monthly Star Trek Art Challenge over at the Trek BBS that I frequent when I'm not here.  Specifically, the "Treasure Map" theme was chosen by me for May's challenge because I won April's with my clumsy Andorian ("won" is probably the wrong word - after all, it's the taking part that counts - my Andorian picture just got the most votes, that's all).

 Anyway, here's May's challenge:

A brief sojourn to Wikipedia tells me that May's birthstone is the emerald. Ah, ha! Precious stones! Treasure!
So, I thought this month we could try our hands at map making. But not just any old map - a Trek treasure map! Maybe a map like the ones featured in Romancing the Stone, or The Goonies but filled with Trek terms ("Here be Gormaganders" and the like)? Or something more futuristic in keeping with the era of Star Trek of your choice, like an okudagram?
However you decide to do it, the challenge is to create a star chart, geographical map, floor/deck plan etc. that promises a Trek treasure or secret to whoever successfully navigates its course.

X marks the spot!


 I began working on my map remarkably early in the month - the 11th May, to be precise.  I knew that my vague ideas were quite [adventurous], so I'd need plenty of time to work everything out.
 As with many things in life, click the images to embigulate!

 I'm wasn't exactly sure what the finished article would be like, but I had some ideas involving pin-pricks and space-lanes and telepaths. Also, being so early in the month, I thought that this first set of squiggles might just end up as a trial run, with something else as my finished piece.

 After setting down a few white outlines, I didn't spent much time on my treasure map for a week. Well, I tell a lie, I spent a lot of time procrastinating in the name of research: Searching Memory Alpha for star charts and telepaths, plus trying to work out where certain stars and planets might be located (including getting caught up in the ST Generations stellar cartography scene screenshots at TrekCore), as well as trying out fonts etc.

 By the 19th May, I hadn't got much to show, except that I was set on using the Holy Rings of Betazed as the treasure, which meant I also had to feature the planet Betazed itself.  I also chose to depict the locations of the Medusan's homeworld, and that of the Deltans:

[fonts: Pristina (script) and High Tide Sans.
I don't know who created them - they came with my PC]

[fonts: Neverwinter (script) and Betazed 
both by Pixel Saga/Neale Davidson (mayherestinpeace)]

[fonts: Betazed, and Microgramma Medium Extended
(as used in Star Trek as well as many other sci-fi properties)]

 By the 27th, I was trying out some finishes in FotoSketcher (above & below), and had come up with a backstory for my map (i.e. the X Marks The Spot story from the last post)

 Then, on the 29th, I finally finished the physical map by adding various space "monsters", and pricking it full of holes!  I just had to work out how to make it look like it was displayed on bridge monitors of the "commandeered" starship, USS Sword of Omens (a ship of the same class as the USS Balmung, which was named after a legendary/fictional sword by its creator, Dan Uyeno).  These were my three ideas:

This is an old photographic image from the archives of the Fifth House:

This is a cleaned-up version courtesy of the Sword of Omens' astrocartographer
(and the ship's computer):

And this is an enhanced, partially translated version, complete with a projected course to the planets where the Holy Rings of Betazed are thought to be hidden:

 As this is a Betazoid map, I've labelled it in an historic Betazoid language (which I've totally made up - the "calligraphy" is a very mildly stylised version of my handwriting mirrored, then turned 90 degrees widdershins), with the computer overlay in the current Betazoid main language (again, made up) and its Federation Standard translation.
 (Cyndriel and Visalayan [the Medusan homeworld] are from Lora Johnson's Worlds of the Federation, and Dhei [AKA Delta] is from Christopher L. Bennett's Watching the Clock)

 The final map is featured in the previous post (a less wonky version of the one above) - It didn't get the most votes this time, so I didn't have to come up with a theme for this month's challenge, fortunately (the chosen theme is - rather topically - LGBTQ in the Trek Universe!)

 And that, you may be pleased to hear, is that!


Previously on It's a Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek:

May 2019 - (the leaked final scene) X Marks The Spot
April 2019 - Oops-A-Daisy!
March 2019 - Disco78
January 2019 - Caught Red Handed
October 2018 - Anomalous T-Shirt
September 2018 - Two Soups
August 2018 - Wild Things (and its prequel: Seeing Double)
July 2018 - Revenge of the Baby-Sat
June 2018 - Making Money
March 2018 - Murder On The Dancefloor
February 2018 - Narwhal in a Spacesuit
December 2017 - Unfinished Business
November 2017 - Let's See Your OC!
October 2017 - Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
July 2017 - Walk Like An Egyptian 
June 2017 - Foreign Relations
May 2017 - Driven to Distraction
February 2017 - Of Prophet's Tears and Verteron Nodes (plus the warm up: The Celestial Temple Cries Golden Tears)
December 2016 - "Did the plan fail, Edward?"
November 2016 - Winter Solstice
October 2016 - Twisted October: Star Trek Art Challenge

  As is now traditional, Senator Vreenak insists upon having the last word:


  1. As you chaps all know, my knowledge of Trekkianese is , to say the least, somewhat limited.(Had a flatmate who was besotted and interrupted our Friday night drinking to watch the damn' thing!
    But I do like maps so I'd like to play this game, if that's OK.

    1. Perhaps we should have a Blogger Map-making Challenge? A chance for us to flex our creative muscles by coming up with a blog-related map of some sort?
      What does everyone think? Any interest?

    2. Oh, that's a smart idea. I would be much better staying away from the Trek!

    3. I shall be in touch shortly about the maps...

  2. I do like that old map. I always threatened to make a map of Mogwash. I am such a lazy trollop - I have loads of ideas and don't follow through, and I'm looking at the list of all the competitions you've entered and feeling rather faint!

    1. Oh! Yes! A Mogwash Map where X marks the spot where the Bottle of Greed is located under a carpark (or paved field, or whatever it was - my memory is a little hazy...)
      Shall we have a Map Challenge/Competition? Either before or after you've hosted the FGES Compo (which I'd almost forgotten about)?

    2. I am aware that Rimpy is watching me like a hawk for information regarding the FGES competition, but he will have to wait until it is shorts weather, and who knows if we'll get any of that this year?
      Meanwhile a Map Challenge does sound interesting.

    3. Ah, of course. Shorts Weather seems like it may be in short supply (no pun intended), as we appear to have returned to the traditional British Summertime (unlike last year's hot and sunny "blip").

  3. Will you show it at AGSE 2019 in Stuttgart ? Perhaps it is better to present it at the Gotha colloquium, after all it is a historical map. I really wonder if there is a collection of "phantastical" maps - which are not less "real" than those that depict parts of Earth or any other celestial object.

    1. I think I'll take it to the Gotha colloquium - they seem a lot more gullible...

      I'm sure there must be a repository of fictional/fantasy maps somewhere. Perhaps someone has a map that shows its location?

    2. I first got "hooked up" when I was pretty young, and hanging around a certain bookshop in the town (city ? hole ?) where I had to spend the years between six and twenty. The Lady who run saied bookshop always had different things on display, once it was the Codex Seraphini, sometime in the early eighties. I always came back to look into it, to "read". Of course there was nothing to "read", but to wonder, imagine, float away ...
      Later I discovered maps, plans, tools of imagination. I adore Borges for his mix of real - and admittedly far out books, knowledge - with phantastic, imagined books, encyclopaedias, thesauri. A guy I knew wrote scientific papers ("AUfsätze"), and he always cited one fictional source somewhere, it never came up.
      So it's a mixture of pranking all-too-holy "scientificness" (I doubt that this word exists), and means to escape, float away, flee - and just play. The joy of creating. Ach ...

    3. I have just searched "Codex Seraphini" and I can see why you kept returning to that bookshop to look at it. What fascinating imagery.
      What with this, and Hound's recommendation to have a look into the Lovecraft props etc, I think I shall be "busy" all day.

  4. You have missed your vocation. Have you seen the incredible collection of props made for various Lovecraft stories which litters the internet?

    1. I'm only vaguely familiar with Lovecraft, but I shall do some searching for these props and things - thank you.


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