View Full Version : City map, hand-drawn: Wayside

10-04-2012, 11:23 AM
Drawn for Nystul's Infinite Dungeon.
Drawn at 12x9 with 0.03 and 0.05 ink pens.

Described as a "Deadwood" that has grown as adventurers have flooded in, it is the 'nexus' of island activity and the main resting point before one heads deeper inland. I wanted to capture the spirit of "the Wild West" with the single main road heading through town (complete with taverns on either side), but also show organic growth: the motte and bailey positioned near the freshwater springs, which eventually grew into the first wall, and then again another burst along the Eastern and Southern edges.


10-04-2012, 11:42 AM
I cannot say enough good things about your work. This is wonderful !! :)

10-04-2012, 02:29 PM
Very cool! I'm curious, what kind of pens do you use?

10-04-2012, 02:33 PM
Copic Multiliner's SP: http://store.copicmarker.com/pages/overview-multiliner-sp

They are not even an expensive pen (I used to use Rotring), but I find that they are pretty on the mark (although nib wear can cause the same sized nib to have different results ... I actually use this to my advantage and tend to use them like I would different sized brushes!)

10-04-2012, 05:26 PM
Thanks! I may have to investigate those... I have an xs .1 pitt, but sometimes it's not small enough.

10-04-2012, 05:32 PM
Yes - honestly - .1 is HUGE and I rarely use mine. 0.05 is good, 0.03 is borderline madness, lol.

10-04-2012, 05:38 PM
Yes - honestly - .1 is HUGE and I rarely use mine. 0.05 is good, 0.03 is borderline madness, lol.

haha ... then the .03 should be perfect for me.

10-04-2012, 05:51 PM
I also found that switching out my paper to one made for ink work really helped keep the lines as thin as the pen intends - 'pourous' paper soaks up the ink, even only a little, and it will bleed enough so 0.03 comes out closer to 0.06!

10-04-2012, 06:13 PM
Right. Good idea =)

10-04-2012, 07:17 PM
Goodness. When I saw you had typed 0.03 I thought it was a typo and you meant 0.3. I didn't know such fine nibs existed! ) 0.1 is the finest I've ever used!

10-04-2012, 07:58 PM
Your maps are great - I would love to see how one of them would look coloured too.

10-04-2012, 08:01 PM
LOL, I know - I had the same reaction. I saw it, I saw the measurement on the side, but in my brain it registered as "0.3" With the right paper it is a DELIGHT to work with.

10-06-2012, 12:13 AM
Very nice!