View Full Version : [Paid? - Taken] Map design request - world map and city map

07-06-2011, 05:41 AM
Hello there, I am looking for somebody to design a map for a fantasy world I have in my head and which is being used in a novel I am writing. I have some reasonably general views about what I am looking for and have a hand drawn city map (really basic) which I would really like to see coverted to digital form - using Campaign Cartographer or photoshop or whatever tool the designer is most comfortable.

The general details of the world can be found at http://www.assassins.org.au and I am more than happy to answer any questions you have.

I would really like to see this get off the ground as it is something that I think is really important to making sure my stories are consistent and besides - who doesn't like an awesome map :)

PLEASE NOTE: The continent and city map have been taken.


I am not really sure how much something like this would normally cost but I would be comfortable paying $100 USD for good quality maps that I can use on my website as well as in a series of stories.


In essence the style of the map could be similar to a map in Joe Abercrombie's "Best Served Cold". The link below shows what I mean (thanks dain for finding them)

Continent Map


City Map




Ideally I would really hope we could get the map done before the end of July or early August. I am very flexible with the timeframe and I am not really sure how long it normally takes so if that doesn't suit then please let me know and we can agree on a date that suits us both.


I had in mind an area that is roughly equivalent to Europe, Southern Russia and the Middle East and North Africa. There are three main political entities in that part of the world, one is a loose collection of separate states that have mutual protection treaties (they occupy) the Europe part, the second is a tightly governed empire that spans the east this would be in the southern russia middle-east part and another powerful kingdom to the south of both of those which is in the North African part.

For the city I have a general regional map of that area and a very rough hand drawn map of the city itself which I can make available.


Ideally the map would be suitable for printing - I am not really thinking high colour but it should look good on screen as well as in print.
Vector would be preferable since that can be scaled more easily than raster but I am not being proscriptive - whatever tool you are most comfortable using is great.


I would like to have reproduction rights and to use the map for commercial purposes but have specific desire to own the copyright to the map itself. I have the names of some of the key places and names of the general regions so I don't know how that translates to the copyright question but in short as long as we can both use it without restriction then that suits me.

Contact Details:

You can contact me via the website I have included at the top of the post.

I hope that this information is useful in allowing you to decide if you are interested in taking this on. If you need more details please let me know and I'll update the post to include anything that might be missing.

PLEASE NOTE: The continent and city map have been taken..

07-06-2011, 05:53 AM
hi GZidar, welcome to the guild :9
Please read the sticky about map requests, that way you'll make it easier for people to see what you need and if they can supply it :)

07-06-2011, 06:27 AM
Hi tilt

I have just read the sticky and will now edit the first post and add the missing details. Thanks for the quick response and for pointing me in the right direction.

07-06-2011, 10:30 AM
After a few minutes, I found these maps on the web.
Are they the ones you were taking as reference? It'll save time for people who want to jump into the job ;)

http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbqvkfJpgW1qdwahko1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId =AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1310048971&Signature=Y1ZbZK9E299goksd7EVgGrRFleM%3D

07-06-2011, 02:16 PM
Like Dain I made to do a bit of searching to get some idea what you were talking about and came up with the same images.

Those are hand drawn and even if I could do that, I'd charge a lot more than 100 USD for that much work, especially if you get the copyright or unrestricted rights to re-use it.

Fortunately, I cheat. I work in Inkscape, a vector graphics program, and apply a bunch of tricks to make it look like a pen and ink drawing where everything was hand drawn, when it's really a collection of lines and symbols. It is possible to tell it's fake by looking closely, particularly at consistency of line widths, symbol repetition, and text, but it's much less work and therefore less expensive.

I'd be willing to do the continent map for 100 USD. City maps aren't really something I've done so I can't help you there; I certainly couldn't pull off anything remotely like the "Valley of Osrund" map

07-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Hello Hai

Thanks for your reply. What you have described sounds perfect, a hand drawn look but done in a vector tool. I had a look at the map you did called "The_Yawning_Strai&" and it is just the thing I had in my mind so I would love to work with you on the continent map.

What happens now? :)

07-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Hello Hai

Thanks for your reply. What you have described sounds perfect, a hand drawn look but done in a vector tool. I had a look at the map you did called "The_Yawning_Strai&" and it is just the thing I had in my mind so I would love to work with you on the continent map.

Well, that certainly simplifies things, Yawning Straights was a really quick project done when I was fairly new at this so I can toss together something like that again without any trouble. It'll just be bigger and with some better symbols.

What happens now? :)

Well, to start, post a couple more messages so you can get private messaging enabled. Then we can work out the details either there, or we can exchange email addresses out of view of the spam bots and continue off the forum. If you have an XMPP account (Google Talk, LJ Chat, Jabber, etc) you could contact me at xmpp:hai-etlik@jabber.org (which is not an email address)

I'm new to this whole commissioning thing myself; the closest I've done is contract work as a programmer (and I only did that once) so I'll try to use that as a model.

07-06-2011, 11:30 PM
Hello Hai

my email address is vesper - at - assassins - dot - org - dot - au (need to replace the - at - and the - dot - with @ and . where appropriate)

Look forward to hearing from you

07-10-2011, 01:51 AM
Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that this has been taken. Thankyou to everyone who showed an interest and for the quick response times :)