Hi there! I’m Mikael and I’m a geographer and freelance cartographer from Finland. I draw all kinds of maps from both real and fictional places by commission. In addition, I offer consulting about fictional geography and worldbuilding.
- Maps for fiction: Mapping and illustrating imagined or real places in cooperation with the author, drawing by hand or digitally
- Maps for non-fiction and textbooks: general maps, thematic maps, geographical diagrams, digitally or hand-drawn
- Maps for events: maps that can be modified by client
- Maps for games: board games and TRPGs
- Maps for private use: hand-drawn maps of important real places, imaginary maps based on real places or events, life story maps
- Reproductions of historical maps
Price for a single commissioned map is usually between 250 € and 750 € (incl. VAT). The price depends on the size, style, level of detail, amount of background work and publication rights. The final price is negotiated case by case.
I also draw maps and other illustrations for postcards, posters, diplomas, brochures etc.
Consultation on fictional geography
I offer consulting on fictional geography, which means that I help people to build realistic and believable imaginary worlds based on geographical knowledge. Consultation usually happens with interaction and discussion with the client, and it can cover for example these themes:
- Planetary systems, whole planets
- Continents, tectonics, climates, ocean currents, landforms
- Regions, states and borders
- Traffic infrastructure, roads, locations of settlements
- Cities, villages, buildings
Consulting usually includes some map sketches and it can also be part of a process to a publishable map. Consulting is charged with an hourly rate of 36 € / hour (incl. VAT).
You can contact me by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in the contact form here.
Working with Mikael to produce a bespoke map as a gift was fun. He asked for feedback at every stage and the final product is great.
– Ross Purves, University of Zürich
Mikael is a true artist and a true professional. His talents have been invaluable to me and working with him is a pleasure!
– Nathaniel Webb, author
We absolutely adore our custom map. Mikael was a joy to work with on what must have been a unique type of project. I couldn’t recommend Mikael’s work more.
– Robb Smigielski
There are many great Cartographers out there and Mikael is not only artistically one of them (his eye for detail is just impeccable) but he also brings with him incredible knowledge about the science of it all. Climate, placing mountains and rivers, you name it. It is this consultation that helped me greatly to ground my fantasy world somewhat in reality and so make it more… well real. You want a map that tells a story of its own? Hire Mikael and you too will be captured in the craftsmanship of cartography. Great professionalism from the start to the end.
– Jule H.