View Full Version : Skullport Isometric Map

03-10-2012, 03:47 PM
I give you... Skullport!
The seedy underbelly of Waterdeep. A subterranean city filled with pirates, miscreants, and a host of other ne'er-do-wells.

Created for the "Backdrop: Skullport" article in Dungeon 200, this true isometric map was a monster to visualize and hand render. Let me know what you think! :)

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03-10-2012, 04:45 PM
This is another great map... and your full iso cliffs look great! I am wondering what your version of non-cliff more hill type iso land might look like in this style. Your D&D look is hard to miss and seeing it adapted to iso is fun.

03-10-2012, 06:22 PM
Fantastic Map, great Iso style.

03-10-2012, 10:58 PM
Wow, enough said. I wouldn't even know where to begin on a piece like that. Not that I have artistic talent whatsoever, but wow. Gorgeous map.

03-11-2012, 03:49 AM

03-11-2012, 04:52 AM
A gorgeous piece of work, that. What's your workflow like? Do you start with a pencil sketch and then scan, or go all digital?

03-11-2012, 06:42 AM
Wonderfull map, I also would very like to see some steps or wips if possible.

03-11-2012, 09:00 AM
It is an amazing map. As above, I would not know where to begin to create something remotely as fine.

03-12-2012, 02:36 PM
Fantastic map! The style and atmosphere really work. I'm going to have to run an adventure for my friends in Skullport just so I can use this. Brilliant!

03-12-2012, 06:56 PM
Wow! Simply stunning! Probably my favorite city mape style. Superb job!!!

03-12-2012, 08:27 PM
Props, rep, great map. Nuff said.

03-14-2012, 06:14 PM
I think this might be my favorite of your maps so far! Wonderful job.


03-19-2012, 09:51 PM
Beautiful work! The color balance and usage, as well as the pen drawn style, makes this a very nice illustration.

06-02-2014, 11:48 AM
Totally love this! :D I'm curious: do you use isometric graph paper, and if so, what kind?

06-02-2014, 11:56 AM
Thanks! Honestly, I've never used isometric graph paper. To organize structures in isometric or perspective views, I typically use a square grid in Photoshop. I create it as a separate transparent layer, draw object or building footprints over top of it, and then free transform the grid and footprint layers together. Once I've got the view right I then just freehand draw the whole thing.

Mike Schley Illustration & Design

06-02-2014, 11:58 AM
I probably should try out some of the isometric graph paper tools. They'd most likely speed things up a bit.

Mike Schley Illustration & Design

06-02-2014, 12:30 PM
Ah, and freehand drawing in Photoshop with a tablet sounds like?

06-02-2014, 12:39 PM
Yep. I'm currently using Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom Intuos 4.

06-02-2014, 01:19 PM
Well done! Great colors and great art!

06-02-2014, 06:25 PM
Funny. I've never been able to really get into drawing with a tablet. I'm a n00b at mapping, but I've been thinking about starting something (also an isometric city) and I always think pen, paper, and scan.

Why do you draw in PS instead of on paper? What're the advantages?

06-16-2014, 10:30 PM
I've enjoyed your maps for a good while and this one is wonderful as well. Great stuff Mike.
I'd rep you but I have no rep power so it wouldn't do you any good. ;) [repped anyways]