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World Map - Upside Down

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I stumbled upon this kind of map in souvenir shop in New Zealand. I immediately fell in love with this idea! Because I love maps; and I love when things suddenly go upside down; and I love when familiar things get unexpected look! This artwork is designed with large printing in mind - it will look perfect as large poster! On smaller screens, all details might look too little though. I hope you will enjoy it! As always, created in Photoshop, with Wacom. Work duration: 12 hours precisely (non-stop :-).

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rua-lupaHobbyist General Artist
This is currently my Desktop Wallpaper :) Wonderful piece of work!

What I have been searching for is a "middle earth" styled, modern, accurate map of earth with no political boundaries and this is the closest image out there and looks to be the only one as far as I could find. Though this piece does one better than what I was hoping to find in that I adore the upside down aspect - its nice to have a change in perspective that makes you rethink things :D
Demon-Works's avatar
Demon-WorksProfessional Digital Artist
This is really neat :)
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AmrasFelagundHobbyist Writer
Back in high school, a teacher of mine had a map of the world that was like this on her wall. Always nice to get a new perspective on things!
AydinPrower7's avatar
AydinPrower7 General Artist
:iconwhatifguyplz::iconsaysplz: What if North is South and South is North, and we've all been viewing the world upside down?
Aturo's avatar
AturoHobbyist Digital Artist
woha, .. . that looks unusual ... i realy have to conzentrate to not loosing my orientation.
isaacngym's avatar
Niiice. I've been searching for a map like this for a while.
Zaigwast's avatar
nice map, tghou it would haved been more cool if the igloo from the maps Moskova would not be there ....its a more hotter climate on that position :), so no igloos in that russian land :)
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TransilveraniaStudent Writer
I made an account here so I could commend you on this beautiful work of art.

It is really nicely done. I love it how you kept with the older style of maps.
Coconutsu's avatar
ohh.. one thing, the little island of new zealand is called "Stewart Island" not "Steward Island"
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zschollStudent Digital Artist
Now that is a creative idea!
RizarLogic's avatar
Another thought: of course the problem is that it's more difficult to see continental drift. You would have to do some extra mental shifting I believe.
RizarLogic's avatar
The love to scan over maps, and you have so many cool ones that force us to view things differently.

New Zealand's should really like this one; it puts them into a central location. Australians as well! I guess we like maps that put us in the best spots.

China greatly benefits as well; they might even become the wealthiest nation in the world again in the future. Russia and Canada benefit a bit from the placement.

The USA gets pushed and warped into an sickly spot. We wouldn't like such a map at all!
cennsor's avatar
and where's sardinia?
Isangrim's avatar
So wierd how something you see/think about nearly every day becomes so unrecognisable
matiasnino's avatar
Brilliant! I've been looking for a good upside down map for a long time. Thank you for making your work available in high resolution so that I can admire it on my large computer screen while I save up for the large print! :)
Froggy1294's avatar
Froggy1294 Photographer
YAY! Who says north has to be at the top!!! THIS MAKES AUSTRALIA THE TOP OF THE WORLD!!!

ps. you spelled Wilkes Land wrong...
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Froggy1294 Photographer
oh and, it's awesome too...
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redpandachainmail Interface Designer
Crazy. I love it!
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phasmidfan Writer
It looks so weird our world, upside down. The top bit looks so empty. Great idea!! Did you do any editing or did you just flip it? It's a nice colour as well.
Jogirider's avatar
It's cool to see the world from a different perspective. Great execution as always.
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