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jfrazierjr
08-04-2011, 12:18 PM
Map
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Created in: Photoshop

Review
Mike Schley is an artist whose work continues to amaze me. The map of Diyun city is excellent by itself with it's beautiful colors, line work, and an incredible amount of detail, but Mike then makes the map really pop by adding cross section views of the city. This really makes the whole piece come alive and gives it great character.


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.


Original threads
Click here to view the Finished Map thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14653-Diyun-City-map)

Lukc
10-09-2011, 05:08 AM
Wow ... it *is* beautiful.

Sakusammakko
10-13-2011, 11:27 AM
This is a beautiful map. The cutaway views scream, 'Adventure!'

Kitamasu1
10-15-2011, 10:37 PM
Amazing, i love the bridges binding the islands together. So many buildings... (i don't quite understand why some bridges were between 30-50 feet of each other when they linked the same island though but still amazing)

deadmeat
10-19-2011, 09:19 PM
Really nice. Very cool idea for a city.

Waylander39
10-22-2011, 03:47 PM
Absolutely incredible, really stunning.

jfrazierjr
10-22-2011, 07:39 PM
Amazing, i love the bridges binding the islands together. So many buildings... (i don't quite understand why some bridges were between 30-50 feet of each other when they linked the same island though but still amazing)

After looking at this again in context of the quote, the various bridges are "near" each other from an over head view, but those bridges link different elevation. Perhaps elevation has a social significance and you don't want the "rabble" up in the nobles parts just to cross a bridge....

Kanti
11-08-2011, 01:28 AM
That is an awesome map

jesuisbenjamin
11-09-2011, 12:36 PM
Awesome map :) Watcha do with it?
Only possible improvement would be the edge, it lacks perspective imho. You know: a bit of shadow here and there that would be caused by the damaged corners and all, now it feels more like an eraser has been rubbed along the edge. Also a font like in comic books would look kind of cool since the drawing are of a very much similar style.

PS: here is an example of what I mean (http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/373507/373507,1298536288,1/stock-photo-old-treasure-map-on-wooden-grunge-background-71846962.jpg).

xerhino
11-10-2011, 02:44 PM
That is some very good art *and* design work there. I wish I had that kind of talent. I have an (unillustrated) city that is very similar in my world. The bridges add a certain flair to the town. Here is a snippet from my world's atlas:

" The bridges are considered public land and a distinct culture has developed among those who make their lives and livelihood on them. Bridge culture is a unique experience to visitors, and one may spend a lazy afternoon just sipping tea or ale at one of the many vendors on the side of a bridge. "

Just a thought about how life in a bridge city would be. Again, your illustration is fantastic.

Freehand 5.5
12-04-2011, 03:22 PM
I like this one.

It could have been made clear with marks, where exactly the cut views has been made.

Michael Sievers
12-05-2011, 11:24 PM
I really like this map and the whole idea of the way the city is built. I would like to live there.

alphonsus
12-06-2011, 07:08 PM
Did you plan each of the levels to decide where the bridges will go? This is one of the most unusual cities I've ever seen! It's brilliant.

Soultroubadour
12-07-2011, 01:35 AM
Wow- Kudos to you sir. Like any magician I imagine people are frequently asking you to reveal your secrets... I wont do that, but I would like to ask- Have you considered doing a tutorial?

Gerenan
12-08-2011, 06:45 PM
Very cool idea. And beautiful art. I wish I could do things like that.

Isn't making all the buildings hard and very tedious?

Gamerprinter
12-08-2011, 07:06 PM
Well, since Mike Schley does work for Wizards of the Coast - creating tediously detailed work is part of the job. If you create easy maps, than anybody (well a lot more) could do it. Once you're a pro doing work for the big boys, you really want to get the details right!

Habben
12-22-2011, 12:10 AM
Omg I love it! Mind if I use it for a pathfinder game? It looks exactly like how i imagined the second city my group is going to travel to.

Robber Baron
12-23-2011, 04:35 PM
Excellent map!! Thanks for sharing.

Urieal
01-15-2012, 11:57 PM
Wow, stunning work. I'll certainly be using it in my campaign :) I love this site :D

Michael Stenmark
01-20-2012, 05:23 AM
I love the cut-aways, the side view.
This map has all what once drove me into loving history, sagas and fantasy.
Brilliant artwork with a great touch of the 80s RPG books.

ausmomo
01-20-2012, 06:15 PM
Very, very nice. I "wow"ed when I saw it :)
Can I suggest something?

A private island, for snobby rich/powerful people. Slightly bigger buildings. Retractable bridge perhaps. I guess it depends on the society.
More buildings on the main land? Bridges to main land on the east side?

moriturimax
01-28-2012, 10:16 PM
O-M-G! Marry me! Heh, my way of saying I LOVE it, and it was hard to type this while drooling on my keyboard.

Absolutely mind blowing. Stuff like this makes me want to drop my crayons and really learn how to draw.

johnwinstondarby
01-30-2012, 07:30 PM
MIke, you do wonderful work! Do you do any commission work?

RobA
01-31-2012, 05:24 PM
MIke, you do wonderful work! Do you do any commission work?

That's his biz... http://www.mikeschley.com/

-Rob A>

angellus00
02-08-2012, 02:27 AM
Wow, just amazing!

Anifanatic
02-08-2012, 11:20 PM
I love this so much, bridges, water ways, islands, amazing. I am in awe. :)

kidfrommars
02-11-2012, 12:52 PM
This is awesome. I love the way the city works on multiple levels!

Brandon
02-12-2012, 02:49 PM
Great map, I really like the sideview details!

bigfirie
02-13-2012, 04:19 PM
That is such a gorgeous map that both inspires me to make an effort myself, but at the same time makes me wonder if I have the capability. I think I'll run with the inspiration side though. :)

monnock777
02-19-2012, 06:25 PM
Your work looks fantastic

MTGEmperor
02-27-2012, 09:46 PM
I have no idea why, but I immediately think of Atlantis when I saw this map. too damn good, imo.

Dreamlord
03-01-2012, 08:02 PM
If you're still reading these, may i use the idea behind the map in a story?

Not so much the map IN the story, but use the map in my mind, as a city port in a story.

Lemon
03-03-2012, 10:17 PM
I like the idea very much. The multiple levels with bridges and stairs connecting everything makes it some kind of a labyrinth, something that has grown over time. I think I can't avoid influences on one of the next adventures for my role playing group ;)

shanehowlett
03-04-2012, 03:02 PM
I really like how you did the water. Really amazing map.

Rukia_K
03-04-2012, 09:10 PM
Beautiful map! Absolutely incredible, really stunning.

Alex
03-04-2012, 09:47 PM
Wow! Love the city design! Really love it! xD

This deserves some rep!

Schley
03-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the love guys! :)

Dreamlord – The idea is fair game. The image though, is copyrighted by WotC. So no touch unless it's just for a non-published homebrew. ;)

stiginz
03-13-2012, 02:44 AM
Cool map, have to say that scale bar made me chuckle. Not in a bad way, just dig the irreverence all the way down to that level. Awesome!

Scipio
03-18-2012, 11:49 PM
Awesome! When I hear "bridge city", this is what I envision and not something like Cato Neimoidia... haha

Dreamlord
04-05-2012, 07:01 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the love guys! :)

Dreamlord – The idea is fair game. The image though, is copyrighted by WotC. So no touch unless it's just for a non-published homebrew. ;)

Thanks, mate - some people are very.. umm.. restrictive over ideas.

I'd print the map out and use the idea behind the map as a city-port in a story (the print only just to keep the image in mind and the idea straight).
The image would not appear in publication.

Planemaster
04-14-2012, 09:20 AM
Perfect Job, a reference work for me. Thanks

Anthony Cook
04-22-2012, 12:10 PM
Amazing map. I love the side views and the style of the buildings.

Maddness
05-05-2012, 05:36 PM
I love this, the detail is spectacular.

RedOwl
05-24-2012, 09:58 PM
What a beautiful map! I will be using this as reference in my own map-making project. The style is great - I love all the detailed line work, and the colors. Too often I see maps with terribly muted colors, but this has just the right balance of saturation.

TheMarquisDeSpace
05-26-2012, 12:54 AM
This is similar to the first city I built in my world. The only difference is that mine was in a dark sun type setting with little water and the islands were farther apart. Instead of bridges I used Lightning rails. This is wonderful

vorropohaiah
05-26-2012, 02:32 AM
the thin linework on this one is really nice, the projections too.

Matthew MacNish
06-01-2012, 01:50 PM
Without the sideview cutaways, it's a gorgeous map. But with then ... it's breathtaking.

glowe
06-06-2012, 06:48 PM
the cutaways are unique and a helpful addition

ZeroCharisma
07-09-2012, 09:29 PM
Beautiful and artistic map. Truly a work of art!

Plasmaportl
07-18-2012, 11:02 PM
I really like this one.

paranorgia
07-23-2012, 09:41 PM
This is fantastic. I love the cross section views. Gives the map a whole new dimension.

Obsidian
07-24-2012, 08:21 PM
This map makes me jealous of your skills!

Ithuvanian
07-26-2012, 12:52 AM
:idea: I want to live there.

Matthew MacNish
07-27-2012, 11:02 AM
Amazing, i love the bridges binding the islands together. So many buildings... (i don't quite understand why some bridges were between 30-50 feet of each other when they linked the same island though but still amazing)

I think the idea (based on the side-view cutaways) is that two bridges might look close together from the bird's eye view, but actually connect to different levels.

IAmAbraxas
08-05-2012, 05:43 PM
Awesome, I imagine smelling pine trees when looking at the cross sections.

doggie_dog
08-12-2012, 12:59 AM
This map is great! I love the side views!

Eireannach
08-26-2012, 03:07 PM
Great use of plan and elevation.

makaki
10-06-2012, 12:42 PM
The colors of the map are beautiful, great work!

Bog97th
10-28-2012, 10:29 PM
The cut aways are a very interesting element. And I like the effects of the water in the shores. It is simi old school looking. Wonderful!

amberroberts09
10-29-2012, 04:34 AM
Yes it is wonderful...

daggertx
11-21-2012, 10:19 AM
Amazing work!!

Marius91
12-29-2012, 05:07 PM
Wow, this is beautiful ... Great work!

Gonzotron
03-12-2013, 03:35 PM
Great creative ideas. It certainly is a place I would love to visit.

thecraftybee
07-25-2013, 08:04 PM
So creative and well drawn. I've been writing a story based in a city similar to this, but your vision just makes things in my mind so much clearer.

Soul_Reaper
08-18-2013, 09:51 PM
Awesome work! I really like this style with the colours. Reminds me of some of the old 3.5e DnD maps I used to see.

rusty1001
11-06-2013, 03:53 AM
Amazing map.

qwalker
11-07-2013, 04:14 AM
This is about the best and most fascinating city I have seen. Reminds me a little of Cherryh's Merovingen. Quenten

beruda
09-06-2014, 11:03 AM
Amazing! Is it entirely digital, or was some of it done by hand, because the line-work suggests ink and paper?