Commissions are currently CLOSED FOR 2017.
I am currently not taking any more commissions until 2018. If you’ve already spoken with me about a commission, don’t worry, I’ll be completing your project as discussed. Commissions will open again in 2018 for patrons at the $10 or more a month reward level. Sorry for the inconvenience.
What’s this “free map” thing I’ve read about on your social networks/Patreon?
When I reach a certain pledge level on Patreon, I will pick one patron a month to create a map based on their design/world as long as it can be shared publicly. If they (or you) need the map exclusively for your project, continue reading below on how to commission me for a map.
If you don’t mind sharing the map I create for you with others, then please consider becoming a patron to help us reach this goal!
Custom Map Questions
Please note, I do not make city/town maps.
First, you must be a patron of mine on Patreon at the $10 monthly pledge level. This reserves you a spot on my waiting list. I am no longer taking commissions from people who are not patrons. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
- Base price: $350 and up (depends on the amount of work you need done, I’ll provide you a quote when you provide a rough draft)
- Commercial License: $100 additional charge – This allows you to sell products featuring the map outside the “small commercial use” (see below for detailed explanations of both)
- Exclusive License: $100 additional charge – This means I will not offer the map to others for personal or commercial use.
This means that for a map you don’t mind me sharing with other people/businesses, the base price is $350. If you want to sell the map design along with say a novel, it would be minimally $450. If you don’t want anyone else to be able to use the map for their story, game, etc. then it’s minimally $550 for a map.
Small commercial use is defined as using the map in a small run material packet (such as those on RPGNow). Any map design under this licensing will be offered by me on my site for others to use and/or purchase commercial licensing for. If you want to sell any product where the map is a key feature (such as on printed products like clothing, flags, bags, etc.), then you need to purchase a commercial license. If you don’t want me to offer the map to others for free, sale, or any commercial use, then you must purchase the Exclusive License for the map design.
Third, what you get:
- Black & white version of the map with & without text
- Colored version of the map with & without text
- All versions at 300 DPI in PNG format
- Smaller versions for you to share on your social media, use as promotional images, etc.
- Option of having the original hand drawn map mailed to you (shipping charges apply)
- Option of receiving the map in a Photoshop file with banners, creatures, ships, or any other elements in separate layers for you to move around as you wish.
- Everything delivered via Dropbox
All my maps are hand-drawn. By “digital” I mean that you’ll receive a high resolution 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.
What I need from you:
Send me rough drafts, no matter how bad you think they are. The more vague, the better as I do my best work when I’m allowed free reign over the project.
Send no draft if you want and just tell me a vague idea of the feel of the land (i.e. “I want something dark and foreboding.” or “Think: Scottish countryside.” Again, my best work is when I’m allowed to just create around the bare minimum of what you *must* have on the map.
Do NOT send me written notes, a book, a novel, a manuscript, or anything else along those lines. I do not have the time to read a book and decipher a map out of it. I’m sorry as I know many of you authors would really prefer this but I do not have the schedule that allows for it.
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.
Still interested? Great! If you’re not a patron, sign up on RueInk.com or Patreon at the $10 monthly pledge level. If you are a patron, drop me a message to start discussing bringing your world to life!
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.