Hal Jespersen’s Cartography Services — Map Portfolio
Over the years I have produced over 3,500 maps in a variety of styles, but nowadays I focus almost exclusively on one: shaded relief topography, which provides a pseudo-three-dimensional view of the terrain. For large-scale maps (smaller geographic areas, such as battlefields) I usually try to include contour lines on top of the shaded relief. The color and black-and-white (grayscale) examples below represent the style I am most comfortable producing. There are two alternative styles, as I described more fully on the Map Services page:
Schematic/Hypsometric terrain (essentially filled-in areas bounded by contour lines, which get progressively darker as the altitude increases). This was the predominant style I used in the free Wikipedia maps, and you can follow that link to see examples. I am reluctant to use this style any longer, unless it is in full color publishing and unless all of the maps in the book use that same style.
Modern road networks can be included if the author's intention is to provide tourism- or preservation-related views of a battlefield, such as a driving tour. Some examples of driving tours are below. However, unless the map is in full color, it can become uncomfortably confusing to attempt to include both the modern and overlapping historical roads on the same map.
All of the maps in this portfolio are stamped with a copyright notice identifying CWMaps.com, but this is only for my convenience in maintaining this page. In actuality, the copyrights are held by the client historians or organizations that commissioned the maps. The maps below are arranged alphabetically by author.
Click on a portfolio thumbnail to see a larger version of the image. This larger image will be in JPEG format for browsing convenience, although the actual maps for publication are in 300 dpi PNG (color) or 600 dpi TIFF (black and white) formats; thus, the image your browser displays may be a little fuzzier than the printable version.
There is an additional gallery of maps created for the Blue and Gray Education Society: click here.