Island, Hand-drawn: Nystul's Infinite Dungeon
An insanely fun commission for a great bunch of guys and gals. Nystul's Infinite Dungeon: The Island
This one was described as "like a torso, floating in the water" and I just ran with it. The awesome thing is Mike Nystul is totally cool with creative freedom and I think it allowed for an awesome map.
Drawn at 17x13 with 0.05 and 0.03 ink pens.
For the book, the handout, and the final version of this map, keep an eye on the links below ...
Nystul's Infinite Dungeon
Posted with his kind permission
This is a beauty. Do you take any inspiration from Mike Schley's cartography? Some of your linework is reminiscent of his - and I mean that in a very good way!
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Amazing. (I am going to run out of adjectives to describe your work... )
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Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
LOL@jtougas - thankyou! *bows*
Thanks Torstan. I've been drawing these maps for a while now and only came across Mike's work about a month ago - and I instantly fell inlove with it. I do see the simularities, and I do study his maps nowadays, but the line-styles ... that's just crazy coincidence. It's possible of course, because he has been around the block a bit that I have been subconsciously influenced by his style without knowing that I was looking at one of his maps, but generally speaking I've been drawing like this since the mid-nineties.
Originally Posted by torstan
I'm humbled that my name would even be mentioned in the same sentence. I will admit that since discovering him on G+ I instantly fell in love and voraciously looked at his entire portfolio: it was like someone was showing me what I should be striving for! The true growth for me now is in my border work, colors, textures and that true artistic flair Mike has ... honestly, I admire it so, so much. If I could capture 20% of his talent, I'd be happy!