Commissioned Works Are Killing This Website

Not that I ever updated this thing very often to begin with…  Anyways, about two months ago I stopped working a real job, and started working this fake job of makin’ maps of fake places full time.  Since then I haven’t stopped drawing, or lacked for work.  Which is good news for my wallet and shit, but bad news for working on personal elfgame things.  Here are a few maps I recently finished up for the Autarch ‘Lairs & Encounters‘ book they got coming out soon.  If you haven’t nabbed the book through kickstarter or indiegogo, then you should.

CECIL-TREASUREMAP-05The original art order was for the map on a bone rune stick, but rune sticks are tiny little guys so I did it across a few bones tied together. I used water color paints and micron pens on this one. To get the content looking nice and etched in, I laid down whisps of water color, and then went over it in ink, and then back over it with a smidgen more of water color. The runes are actual runes.

CECIL-TREASUREMAP-06This one I used the a couple of different shades of marker to get the water stained look of the parchment and the map details are done in various shades of sepia ink and black ink. The constellations mark various points on the route, and for each one the art order included the number of stars included, and the animal/thing. So I had to come up with the actual constellation shapes. I put the big black circles down on the map, but for the actually stars I got out a white sheet of paper and did them in black, then digitally inverted the color and put them in place. The words are in a mixture of old and new Berber. Counter clockwise, starting from the top left the constellations are Void, Crown, Cawl, Eye, Manticore, Scorpion, Naga, Prince, and Wolf.

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To get the birch bark right I used blondwood prismacolor brush tip markers and color pencils and ink, then converted to greyscale in GIMP. All of the detail was done in regular ink. If you zoom in close enough you can find a fallen log that I forgot to ink, just sitting there in pencil. The language is Welsh.

That is what I’ve been up to lately, things are slowing down so hopefully I can kick it into gear and put up some free maps.

Ed Greenwood / 2015 Commissions

i illustrated maps for someone i consider legendary.

Eventually I will get into how 2015 was and what I will be doing in 2016, but first I would like to talk about some maps I illustrated for an adventure written by his majesty Mr. Ed Greenwood.  What that means is my main man Schwalberto, as part of his kickstarter campaign, decided to throw some number of heavy pennies per word at Greenwood to write an adventure for the Shadow of the Demon Lord game.  My understanding is that Greenwood once licked Schwalb at some convention and now they are effectively blood brothers or something.

Before I get into the adventure and show off some maps, I’d like to talk about the Forgotten Realms.  The realms are a terrible place to game these days; your characters are likely to just occupy space in the area and not actually have any effect on the world.  This isn’t really Greenwood’s fault so much as the realms have been such an important place at the table top since the early 80s that everything has been done.  It is hard to feel like you’re in the world because the realms have been beaten to death, boiled like tapioca pearls to rehydrate, and then beaten again.  I know that there isn’t a whole lot of love for the realms in the OSR world because it is too much, there is little left to the imagination.  I don’t want to play in the realms because I want to play in uncharted territory (Greenwood if you read this, its me its not you).  That being said, I love a few Forgotten Realms things: the infinity engine games, Neverwinter Nights, the Avatar trilogy of books, and Calimshan.  As Greenwood is responsible for inspiring these arts & crafts, I tip my hat to him.  It was a cool thing I got to do, make these maps.  Here is a room down sampled to look like shit on your screen, and watermarked.
© 2016 Schwalb Entertainment, LLC

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Waxin’ Kickstarter / Shadow Of The Demon Lord Commission

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IT HAS BEEN A WHILE. FUCK. Sorry.

Sitting at the top of this post is the latest map I have done.  It is a commission for young Robert J. Schwalb.  If you don’t know who Schwalberto is you are totally lying to yourself because his name is probably in the credits of at least one rpg book on your shelf.  He’s had is softy powdery fingers on 3.5th, 4th, and 5th editions of the world’s most bitched about role playing game, as well as had his hands all over some great shit like A Song Of Fire and Ice table top affair, and lots of shit.  I think the only thing he likes more than role playing games is dick jokes, his cats, and maybe his wife.  Needless to say, he is a very creative man and also someone who I hold in a close circle of none nerd friends.  We’re going to get back to stroking his ego in a second, lets talk about this map first.Continue Reading