Color hand-drawn map of Kyushu, ancient Japan, illustrated by Laura Lis Scott as designed by Laura Lis Scott.

Case Study: Maps of Heian Japan

Custom illustrated maps are a staple of fantasy epics, so it was a joy to be able to create them for Katherine M. Lawrence’s Yamabuki books about a woman samurai in Heian Japan. The current version of the maps are somewhat geographically accurate. Japan had specific measures of lengths and distances, but for the most …

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illustration of woman samurai riding horse through snow

Cold Trail: Yamabuki and Tomoe

Here the design sets the stage for the book’s opening, which takes place during a most unseasonable spring snowstorm.

illustration of woman samurai wearing armor, riding a rearing horse

Cold Blood: Yamabuki vs. the Sword Master

This is the cover design for Book One of Sword of the Taka Samurai, by Katherine M. Lawrence. We started with the design of Katherine’s first book, Cold Saké: Yamabuki vs. the Undead, using it as inspiration and a cover design template for the series.

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