This is the sketchbook in which I try to draw world maps (without looking at references). The results are pretty humbling, so I looked at a map for the painting.
I almost have this process figured out.
The painting is enjoyable, but gilding the edges is still giving me grief.
Fore-edge decoration (by other people throughout history)
As you should expect from me by now, I have been searching out some excellent examples of people working in this medium. (Please feel free to recommend more, too!)
I learned about this type of book decoration at Principia College’s library, but the Boston Public library has a good online introduction to fore-edge decoration.
Clare Brooksbank’s fore-edge paintings were particularly appealing to me. Of course I’m most interested in art history references hidden in the physical structure of a book.