How I became a map artist

How I Became An RPG Map Artist

I have been a world builder for as long as I can remember. I wrote stories as a kid, dreamt of creating monstrously huge video games alone as a teenager, and always, always drew. Nothing much came of it though, as none of these things quite clicked with me.

There is not much of a role-playing presence in my corner of Australia, but fate introduced me to the game during a trip to Canada in 2013. All of a sudden I had a way to bring these worlds to life with the skills I had, and overnight I became a fledgling game master and map artist.

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The Lighthouse

A soaring, secluded structure that still stands stubborn and solemn, staring out into the silver southern seas.

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Seaside Precipice

Stretching out over a turbulent sea is this rain-washed precipice, the pivotal site of all those stories they tell in town…

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Airships & Assets

This project really *blew up,* and took a few days longer than I thought. No matter, the resulting airships are done and ready to set sail in your Eberron, Spelljammer, or steampunk game.

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The Highland Pass

Though you won’t find it on any maps, many a traveller has rested beneath the outspread arms of this nameless statue. Unfortunately, there are those that will take advantage of the peaceful atmosphere…

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The Cursed Cave

At the end of an icy stream looms an enormous skull of stone. Very few dare approach it, and those that do are changed…

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Hero Tokens Pt.3

Twenty new hero tokens just came to the 2-Minute Tokens Editor! That makes fifty heroes of all shapes and sizes so far, ready for a coat of paints and a whirl around your virtual table top.

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River & Water Assets

By popular request, I have finally got to making some river assets! This pack contains fifty of them, with three tiling water textures and a collection of other watery assets.

@Kurasinski’s Prints

Two maps and two ships ready for epic RPG session with old friends. Lots of time, glue & cardboards 😉 Thanks Ross!

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Buzzard Cliff

A long time ago, someone erected these three large stones, and nobody has cared (or dared) to topple them yet. A certain feeling accompanies them, perhaps aided by the sea of fog that appears here on nearly every morning…

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Hero Tokens Pt.2

The Custom Token Editor just received its second content pack, featuring 20 new heroic tokens. They’re ready for recoloring right now, so click through and have fun!

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Grass & Road Assets

Several seamless ground textures and a bunch of assets to lay roads with in your image editor of choice. Basic printable PDFs also included!

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The Papercraft Cottage

I wanted to kick the New Year off with something new. And yes, I’ve made a papercraft house before, but this new cottage holds a secret!

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The Volcanic Forge

Here’s a nice, hot battle map to warm you up this holiday season! Welcome to the Volcanic Forge, the birth place of your world’s legendary MacGuffin.

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The Town & City Tokens

Built on the back of last week’s Poacher’s Crest map we have our Town & City Tokens pack. Inside you will find 143 buildings, trees, wagons, and other assets!

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Poacher’s Crest Town Map

Poacher’s Crest, a thriving trade town at the meeting of the King’s Road and the winding Lynham river. Known for its excellent apples, vibrantly dyed fabrics, smoked game meats, and the fine metalwork of its master whitesmith, Tylsit Burkham.

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Wonderdraft Map Icons

Hello again! I’m back from my vacation and have just finished packaging these icons for image editor and Wonderdraft use. You can find the download method at the bottom of this post. 🙂

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The Provinces of Wei

Welcome to the lands of Fara Wei, or simply “Wei.” I’ve been meaning to draw this for a long time, as it just so happens to be the setting of my own 3+ year old campaign!

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The Underdark Terrain Tokens

Hello everyone, the tokens are finally here to accompany our Cave Room Builder pack! Inside you will find 141 tokens of varying bio-luminescence and underdark-y-ness, from mundane rocks to plane-tearing crystals, your everyday mushroom to nirnroot-er, blue ferns.

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The Buildings Pack

Hi everyone! After many hours plugging away at it, the Buildings Pack is finally ready. Inside you will find a collection of floor plans, a bunch of compatible roofs (in red AND grey), and a couple of other pieces to customize them with.

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The Haunted Garden

Boo! Did I surprise you with another map so soon? So that you can have the whole estate before Halloween (and because I’m going away tomorrow) I’m here with the final piece of our spooky October project…

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The Haunted Cellar

What lies beneath a haunted mansion? Why, a haunted wine cellar of course! This map serves as both an atmospheric base for last week’s mansion and as a battle map for its spooky basement. 

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Mansion Furniture Tokens

As promised, this is the release of the Mansion Furniture Tokens, paired with a an extra-spooky, fully furnished Haunted Mansion!

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The Haunted Mansion

The first piece to our spooky October project, the unfurnished Haunted Mansion, based on the 1890 residence of Henry R. Towne ESQ.

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The Castle Town

An important strategic location on a dreary coastline. An altogether unappealing place to live, and home only to a skeleton crew of soldiers and maintenance workers.

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The Luminescent Cave

A glowing cave map suitable for the Underdark or flavorful mountain pass. What lies in wait, in those glowing ferns and blind turns?

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The Cobblestone Highway

Somewhat dull, but endlessly useful! This map pairs well with our forest tokens and buildings; a solid base for an exciting custom map.

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Forgotten Adventures Portal Collab

Over the last few weeks I have been working with Peter “Stryxin” Peko from Forgotten Adventures to create this fun portal-centric battle map duo!

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The Hero Token Pack

Fun experiment, or the start of a new series? I would love to hear your opinion!

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The Cave Room Builder Set

In the same vein as our recent Dungeon Room Builder, with this pack you can build your very own hand-drawn caverns!

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The Typical Tavern

A place visited frequently by nearly every party, no matter their level. You’ll have to come up with your own name though!

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Let’s Draw a Forest

In this video I explain my process for drawing trees, bushes, and underbrush, each with multiple levels of detail. You can draw them quick and dirty, or slow and pretty!

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The Dungeon Room Builder Set

Build your own hand-drawn dungeon with these 60 room pieces! Also, there’s a 22×16″ demo room thrown in. 😉

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The Monster Lair

Welcome to this vibrant all-purpose cave lair, home to your countryside monster of choice!

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Cave Tunnel Map Tiles

Four tiling cave tunnel sections, the humble beginning to our future cave tile set!

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Let’s Draw Caves

Join me as I try and explain my cave-battle-map-drawing-method using actual English words. This is the first episode in my new, laid-back, “Let’s Draw” tutorial series, where I talk through how I go about drawing my battle maps. It’s been too long!

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Battle at the Goblin Bigrock

Matthew Shaker reports that his brave home group were almost overcome by the goblins at this ramshackle settlement!

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The Jagged Cave

Dwarven prospectors have struck a mysterious cavern. What awaits back there, where the air glows and the rocks whisper?

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