Question on private commissions depicting copyright works
I was contacted to do a private commission that is a poster of a campaign world. This is, however, a published campaign, not a private one.
In essence, the individual wants me to take a set of connected maps, and redraw them all in a certain style as one map. This would, of course, also include all the place names from the original campaign.
Any idea on the legality of this?
My initial thought is that it is no different than an artist commissioned to paint reproductions of a Disney castle and princesses in a little girl's bedroom. Something that is done all the time, AFAIK. BUT A digital work is a bit different.
My second thought is that many individuals create "fan art" based on existing franchises. The difference here is that I am doing it as a commission, not self-authored fan art.
Anyone have thoughts on this, or been in a similar situation?