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05-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Hey guys,
Here's a recent map of a port city created for a D&D article titled "Backdrop: Diyun". It went live recently in Dungeon 189.

Hope you like it. I had a lots of fun with the little side view illustrations.

05-10-2011, 01:54 PM
Lovely map, Mike. Love the side views. :)

05-10-2011, 01:58 PM
Now that is a cool City Concept. Would love to see some maps of those subterranean sections.

05-10-2011, 03:29 PM
Agreed, that is a really great concept for a city. Nicely done Schley!


05-10-2011, 03:48 PM
Another beauty. I love your maps. It's like walking into a story book.

05-10-2011, 04:20 PM
Wow! That's stunning Schley :)

05-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Really great map!

05-10-2011, 05:07 PM
Very inspiring. Both line art and colours are incredible.
Keep giving us such master work!

05-10-2011, 09:03 PM
Now that's a port city!

05-11-2011, 02:33 AM
Excellent map! Great choice of colours and great detail!

05-11-2011, 07:35 AM
Looks fantastic, love the concept.

05-12-2011, 06:51 PM
Wow, the side views really add an extra element of immersion to it.

05-13-2011, 11:10 AM
I love the concept of this map. It is great! Talk about a natural fortress town... This place would be hard to attack!

05-13-2011, 02:11 PM
I've been meaning to ask for a long time about your technique for drawing and shading buildings. I'd love a quick walkthrough on your technique, as I am convinced you have it streamlined far more than I do.

I am guessing you do the linework, coloring, and shading all on separate layers (in that order), then another layer for the detailing and roofing textures? Do you use the pen tool to do the layouts then stroke the result right onto the map, or do you crate tonnes of building brushes and just plop them down with the brush tool? I'm dying to know.

05-13-2011, 06:42 PM
I'd like to echo RecklessEnthusiasm's question about your technique as your maps have been an inspiration for my own. How do you get such clean linework for example? Do you use any textures or do you just paint colours straight in? And yes, how do you go about laying down your buildings?

05-17-2011, 01:10 PM
Soooo cool! Stunning, as usual!

05-17-2011, 01:40 PM
She's a BEAUTY! Congrats

05-18-2011, 03:58 PM
Thanks for all the warm comments guys!

Generally, I have 4 layer groups in a file. Top group is for references, 2nd group is for text and icons, 3rd group is for inks, and the bottom group is for colors. Outside the groups are floating layers like parchments, textures, border treatments, etc. I typically create my inks first, keeping in mind that they will be used to build selection outlines and alpha channels later during the coloring phase. The process I use is actually very similar to the way comic artists digitally ink and block their own work. A big difference though is that a lot of my color layers are set to interact with the underlying parchment. Gives the maps that painterly' soaked into the fibers' feel.

In a typical image, I usually have a minimum of between 15 to 25 layers going at any given time. On top of that are a BUNCH of alpha channels to help manage colors and lighting effects.

10-06-2011, 10:29 AM
What a lovely map! Great colors and beautiful drawing.

10-06-2011, 11:13 AM
beautiful map as usual Mike, love your style.. and thanks for the little run through of your process :)

Hugo Solis
10-06-2011, 11:35 AM
Truly fantastic! I love the cut-away views :)

10-17-2011, 07:05 AM
Great look and very creative mapping - great color scheme and design

11-03-2011, 12:09 AM
Awesome looking map!

I love the concept of the city itself, and the artwork is meticulous.

Wish I could get lines that crisp on my map work!

11-16-2011, 01:59 AM
I almost never pull down anything other than world maps and regional maps, but this one really caught my eye. The added glimpses really transport you into that fantasy space quickly. I can image walking around between the spires....

Thx for this one. :-)

Bruno Cabral
11-28-2011, 04:45 PM
Really creative!!!! inspiring...

12-09-2011, 11:28 AM
Beautiful map! I LOVE it!

12-29-2011, 01:13 PM
Really amazing. I'm a huge fan.

01-02-2012, 08:42 AM
great map!

03-09-2012, 03:47 PM
I want to explore this city. I'm a little sad it doesn't actually exist! :D

Aval Penworth
08-14-2012, 10:20 AM
I love it. You have really developed as an artist since I was last here.

Well done.

08-28-2012, 01:44 PM
What an amazing map.

08-30-2012, 05:20 PM
This is fantastic!

02-14-2013, 02:06 AM
That is a beautiful map! Well done!

02-21-2013, 02:56 AM
Beautiful map! The side-views are really what put the cherry on the top, though. Very well done! I'm inspired.

02-22-2013, 02:17 PM
Wonderful work (again). I can see a LOT of fun here for a street rat kid. ;)

11-06-2013, 02:51 AM
A truly inspirational map.

12-05-2013, 02:16 AM
Fantastic! What a great concept for a city.