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My version of Robert E. Howard's Hyboria.

REH left no world map of his Hyborian Age, so many places are based on descriptions in his books or outright speculations.
I studied several existing maps [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] for this project, some are very different from each other. But I found also a few very similar maps, so I used mainly these for place names and positions, but changed a few things so that they fit - in my opinion - now better the descriptions. So the locations are a combination of existing positions and my own interpretation.
For the artistic part, however, I used my own style and approach; in this respect I can say the map has no resemblance to other existing Hyboria maps.
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Tensen01 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Love this map, would love for a higher-res version.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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ManowarriorMania Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
As great and detailed as this is, There's one minor mistake with it(not with the map itself, it's flawless and beautifully detailed). Howard did draw a map of the Hyborian age, it was a crude map that, if I'm not mistaken, he drew on a napkin, but he still drew it. You can find it in the Del Rey published series of three books that contained all the original Conan stories.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know this, thank you!
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Houzi88 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Love this map! Great work! Thank you!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Beuatiful drawn map. I'd like to see this on a world map.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lula420 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning. Bob Howard would be proud. :salute:
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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daeVArt Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waw... pretty good. btw I would like to ask something, I'm just wondering what is the line who come from the Compass rose pointer? that was really cool. (sorry for my silly question, I'm just newbie at Cartography and really want to know some more ^^)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
These are called rhumb lines and are for navigation.
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daeVArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gotcha, Thanks alot ^^
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Quodaax Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sad that the game map doesn't look like this.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know the game, but most comments on my map goes in the same direction. Thank you.
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kraz007 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Definitely one of the best Hyboria maps I've seen and I've seen my fair share.
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
That's actually the most mentioned critique, so I guess there was the need for a good Hyboria map.
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becomm Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Yep. Best Hyboria map, and I can say I saw most of 'em...
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ezekielepharcelis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is one of the best Maps I ever saw of Hyboria
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Coyoteintx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Really great looking. I'm guessing Howard would be happy with your work.
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Coyoteintx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Its a great map. BTW - I came here from rpg.net.

How flexible are you with maps? You have a great body of work - so that make me think you know what the hell you are doing even when a comission only gives you the basics. I ask, because I am working on an rpg and comic (linked) and have the basic idea of the world, but a lot of the specifics in terms of geography would need to be filled in. When you take a job, how much detail do you need? How much can you change as the project progresses?

You have a spot in your upcoming schedule to help me put a fantasy world together?
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Lukc Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely stuff ... altho' I'm starting to get the sneaking suspicion you have a pretty good set of mountain and dune brushes hidden away ;)
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The first thing to do as professional cartographer: make your own brush set! :)
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Lukc Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I'll bet ;) still have to get around to that! :)
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JackZetter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Again... you leave me speechless!

Stuff like this is the reason I subscribe to you ^^

A new favorite if I ever saw one.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, man. Just beautiful.

*wipes tear from eye*
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice job on this one Sapiento, perhaps my favorite of your pieces so far!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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The-Ascension Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I think it's one of your finer works, bro. Nice job.
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tons of good memories while readin the names opn this...

Fantastic work!
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlamnay:
lamnay Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Nice, a blend of the fantastical and the familiar.
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Djekspek Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
looks great man, love the colors and mountains! cheers, DJ
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, DJ! :)
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Scarletscorpion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Filmographer
I noticed there's a place named Kush. Why is that?
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:iconsapiento:
Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of the kingdoms Howard invented.
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Scarletscorpion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Filmographer
Ah ok i though it was a world for "le hippies"
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I-Teach-You-Ha Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist
good work
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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I-Teach-You-Ha Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist
np ^^
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Did you look at the Del Rey series' republishing of the Conan stories? They provide some of REH's hand drawn maps of Hyboria by any chance? This seems pretty spot on to what is in the books.
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