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World Map - Upside Down by vladstudio World Map - Upside Down by vladstudio
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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Falken02 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
rua-lupa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist 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
tapish Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
love this one!
Tsujito Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat :)
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   General Artist
:iconwhatifguyplz::iconsaysplz: What if North is South and South is North, and we've all been viewing the world upside down?
Aturo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woha, .. . that looks unusual ... i realy have to conzentrate to not loosing my orientation.
isaacngym Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Niiice. I've been searching for a map like this for a while.
Zaigwast Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
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 :)
Transilverania Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student 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 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
ohh.. one thing, the little island of new zealand is called "Stewart Island" not "Steward Island"
zscholl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Now that is a creative idea!
AstraeusWind Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
RizarLogic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
and where's sardinia?
Isangrim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
So wierd how something you see/think about nearly every day becomes so unrecognisable
kiser3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Thank you (:
matiasnino Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
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 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009   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...
Froggy1294 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009   Photographer
oh and, it's awesome too...
redpandachainmail Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Interface Designer
Crazy. I love it!
phasmidfan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009   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 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
It's cool to see the world from a different perspective. Great execution as always.
SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
russia and canada as the pillars of the world :giggle:
Kukanotas Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Sweet, it really looks unfamiliar this way. By the way, my country is also mispelled. It shoud be LITHUANIA instead of LITVA. ;)
HirnFetzer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
kiendn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
I love these especially the reversed world map ones.

Btw VIETNAM is misspelled, it should be VIETnam not VITEnam :)
spaikdesign Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
if i had money i would have bought it as a print from u ;) i like it and i like the small details :clap:

and egypt has the pyramids :D :D as always
viremaster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is great, its rather confusing =P
i like it a lot
BluefireLee Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
quite curious..:)
Aquira Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That is a beautiful map.
zak4994 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Australian map.
juliedillon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
I love this so much. :heart: It makes the whole composition of the world seem so much more connected and cohesive. Aside from flipping the map, it's amazing just how much of a difference not splitting up the Pacific makes. It's like the whole world is a cradle for New Zealand, haha. :D
B0UNCE Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
12 hours of work, non-stop... Respect. Great wallpaper again. Full of details... Is Wacom a tablet? Was that deviation drawn with it?
vladstudio Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes I used Wacom Cintiq tablet. I wrote small review about this tablet - [link]
B0UNCE Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
I understand that Wacom tablet is a great tool for you as a designer, but for me it would be only an expensive (really expensive...) electronic toy - I do not have any talent to draw. (or maybe I do not know about it :XD:)
B0UNCE Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
You're welcome. And thank you too :)
bdmchugh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
greatness as always
MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Love it, haha.
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