Still have to play around with the color, but here is the first printed test from my Hobbit map.
For those who don't know, the original map was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien and appeared in the book The Hobbit. This map became Bilbo's and he added it to his personal map collection. In the film Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf notices this map on a table and pauses to study it and remember the adventure at the Lonely Mountain at the conclusion of The Hobbit.
As a Tolkien fanatic, I was thrilled to see this map make an appearance in the film. I had to have a replica. The only one I've seen was made by Indy Magnoli. He drew his with quill and ink. I'm not nearly that brave, so I used Photoshop.
It's interesting to note that the film map differs from Tolkien's original in many details. Particularly the mountain and Smaug are more stylized (or less) than Tolkien's. Also a cool tidbit I found during my research is that two different prop maps were used in the film. Originally, they made a map that replicated Tolkien's more precisely. Whenever you see Ian McKellen actually in the frame with the map, he's holding the first version.
This shot is cropped and rotated 180 degrees from the film. Notice the mountain and Smaug match Tolkien's. Later I'm guessing Peter Jackson decided to make the mountain more realistic and the dragon more majestic. So, all the closeup shots use the version two map. I love finding stuff like that.