Please read ALL of the information for commissioning a map from me. Pledges and down payments are non-refundable.
Custom Map Questions
Please note, I do not make city/town maps.
- Any pledge level: This is for people who are not in hurry and don’t need their map to be exclusively theirs. I will pick a patron’s map to be created whenever my queue is open and/or monthly. This means that a patron of any level ($1 through $10 or more) can have their map created for nothing more than their patronage.
- $10 & Up Queue: For those who still DON’T need their maps to be exclusive but would like to be added to the queue so their map is created sooner. This means that a patron at the $10 will have their map created in the next available time slot for nothing more than their patronage and understand the map will be shared with the public.
- Exclusive/Commercial Licensing: For those people who want to use their map in commercial projects and do NOT want them shared with the public. This is still the $10 pledge level to reserve your spot in the queue and costs an ADDITIONAL CHARGE for the map design (usually about $550 – see below)
All Inclusive Licensing: My maps are generally around $550 for option #3 which includes commercial & exclusive licensing in the price. That means that any map I create for you at this price is exclusively yours to use however you see fit as long as I’m attributed as the artist. You can sell posters, books, props, etc. using the design. The only time I share the map is a low-res image and work-in-progress photos or while live streaming. (This does not include the accompanying illustrations such as the compass, border, ships, creatures, etc. unless we discuss it otherwise and each illustration is purchased separately.)
What you’ll get when your map is created:
- B&W & color digital landscape (no text or other illustrations like the compass rose or ships)
- B&W & color full map with text and illustrations
- B&W & color full map with illustrations and no text
- Your map on a parchment background
- Have the original map painting mailed to you for the cost of shipping.
- A prop map of your design on “aged” paper for an additional $25 plus shipping.
Available to the public (except for option #3):
- Digital downloads of all versions for patrons of various levels and/or for sale on my website
- Posters of all versions
- Prop versions of the map
All maps I create are available for small commercial use (unless option #3 in which only the person who originated the design has commercial rights), mean they can be used in packages, campaigns, PDFs etc. as long as I’m clearly attributed as the artist (i.e. “Cartography by Deven Rue”).
All my maps are hand-drawn. By “digital” I mean that you’ll receive a high resolution scanned image of your map. They are outlined in pencil and then inked in detail. Once they are finished, they are scanned and touched up in Photoshop. You are sent the high resolution file(s) at 300 DPI in PNG format. Though size varies depending on the shape of the map I’m creating for you, the largest size is 11×17 inches.
The original hand-drawn map on paper is what your digital files were originally scanned from and have no text on them. They will be created on 90 lb paper and will be colored using Copic markers and/or watercolor paints. These are perfect for framing as artwork of your world.
Ok, so how do you go about getting your map to me?
First become a patron if you are not already (corresponding with option above you need). Then, message me on whatever social network you follow my artwork on and tell me what option you’re looking for. I’ll add you to the queue/drawing accordingly. I’ll then set up a Dropbox folder for us to share images and how you’ll receive your maps.
If you need option #3, you don’t need to make any payments until you’re up next in the queue. I generally let you know how far out you are when you sign up.
You will be contacted before I start making your map (regardless of any option you choose) to discuss the project, make sure all is good, and decide how best to proceed.
What I need from you:
To get the most out of a map from me, I suggest giving me as much free reign as possible. By that I mean, let me add to the map as I’m inspired to do. If possible, give me only what’s absolutely necessary for me to create your map (i.e. “This town is near a volcano.”) in either written or crude drawings. The less freedom I feel I have, the less little details I tend to add and that means, though you might get the map you wanted, it won’t have all the tiny details my other maps have.
I reserve the right to decline any project regardless of the person being a patron or not.
Some designs are simply not within my ability and/or desire to create, nor will I make anything that infringes on copyrighted material. To help make sure you don’t needlessly become a patron only for me to turn down the project, MESSAGE ME VIA MY SOCIAL NETWORKS. Tell me you want to become a patron and have a project you’d like me to do. Don’t start a public conversation as I’ll assume you didn’t read any of this and thus will just direct you here. Once I get a feel for the project, I’ll tell you if I’m willing to take it on and how long the wait may be.
Queue, deadlines, & scheduling:
This changes daily so I cannot possibly predict if I’ll have an opening that year much less that week. At times, I’m several months scheduled out and suddenly I have an opening where I can fit in a project or two. This is why I’m only creating commissions for patrons at this time. It tells me they’re committed to the project and that if I have an opening, they are ready with a project.
However, once I start a project it is generally done within 1-2 weeks depending on the work involved. I will usually let you know when I provide you with the quote.
I make hand-drawn maps that are scanned and have text added via Photoshop. I scan my maps after the line work is done (black & white) and after coloring them with Copic markers (color).
I can make posters for sale on my site if you would prefer not to print it yourself.
No, they are hand-drawn. I scan my drawings in order to make digital versions but I do not make computer generated maps/art.
No, I make landscape maps only. If you are looking for a city/town map, I high recommend checking out Dyson Logos.
No. I highly recommend checking out Dyson Logos for interior maps or floor plans (including ships).
Most maps average 40-60 hours of work.
Original drawings are no larger than 11×17 inches. Digital maps are 300 DPI in PNG format.
I can make you a map that’s in the style you see all my maps already in. If you can play with that, then yes. If you’re asking for a hexagon, squared, or precise map, then no. I don’t make those types of maps.
Why not? Because ultimately I’m an artist, not a designer/architect. My work has a very high-fantasy, medieval feel to it and therefore rarely can be used like a grid map.
However, I have had people add their own clear plastic mats over my maps to use them in hexagon form, so it’s not impossible.
You own the copyright to the realm you create. I own the copyright to any artwork I create. To commission an artist to create something based on your original idea does not transfer copyright to the artist, nor do you suddenly have copyright over the art they created on your behalf (unless you have a prior agreement and/or purchase a license from the artist).
This means that I cannot share the image of the artwork without specifying the original creator of the realm, nor should you share the art I created on your behalf without visibly crediting me.
When I’m accepting commissions, it’s only for maps, tavern signs, & heraldry.
As someone who is quite tattooed and knows several tattoo artists, I cannot stress enough that if you have an idea for a tattoo, you should let your tattoo artist draw it for you! This ensures they can actually create the tattoo the way you want it to look and they are going to have to draw it anyhow to transfer it to your skin. Might as well have them create the entire thing for you. So the answer is, no.
Right now, you can’t. I’m still learning how to make them and until I feel confident in creating them, I’m not taking on any commissions for ship plans/schematics. Hopefully, that will change in the future but for now I must decline.
No, I do not do graphic design work. If you want to use an illustration I’ve made or want a specific illustration made that you want to use as a logo, message me.
Right now, no, I do not. I’m still learning how to make them and until I feel confident in creating them, I’m not taking on any commissions for portraits. Hopefully, that will change in the future but for now I must decline.
No, I do not do book/comic illustrations.
Website & Payment Questions
- It makes for safer/quicker downloads with far fewer errors.
- It helps deter theft of my artwork.
Because large files slow a website down drastically and the files I offer are quite large.
Also, it much quicker to click the link and have it automatically download the file for you than it would be to load the image.
Yes, and it’s HIGHLY encouraged! Use your Facebook, Twitter, or Google to create your account and you don’t have to worry about remembering another password! Or link your current account with them to make a more secure and quicker login.
Your linked accounts are for login only and will not be used for marketing or contact of any kind. If we must contact you regarding your account, it will be via email only. You can unlink your profiles at any time by logging into your account, clicking “Account Details”, and clicking the “Unlink” button next to the profile you wish to unlink.
No, it doesn’t. You can open an account by clicking the “My Account” page at the top of the site or use the social login links at the bottom of the site. Either way, it’s free to create an account.
Small commercial use is considered anything made in small quantities by an individual or small business (i.e. websites, online articles, material packets, etc.). You are not authorized to use these files for redistributed in part or whole for free or for sale as art or part of an art collection, for print-on-demand designs, or mass distribution/production.
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Because I like to keep the focus on my art, not my features.
Thank you so much for the invitation but most likely, no. I’m usually swamped with my art projects and due to my odd sleeping/working habits, I keep a very flexible schedule. I’d hate to join only to be absent often due to a fussy muse.
Cue Inigo Montoya: You see, I am not right-handed!
Okay, so he says left in The Princess Bride but the idea is the same. I’m actually ambidextrous and write/draw both right and left handed. Though I mostly work right-handed just out of convenience, occasionally you’ll see me switch hands during videos.
To answer the shading question, it’s to be able to use any maps/illustrations with each other and always have the same continuous light-source throughout them. It gives the appearance of different maps belonging together and having the same general feel. I decided to shade on the right side because the majority of the world is right-handed and because I love the idea that its always sunset in my worlds.
Yes, click the Cartography Class tab in the menu above for all the details.