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Valcia - Regional Fantasy Map by Authsauce Valcia - Regional Fantasy Map by Authsauce
The Map of Valcia

This is a map I've created for a novel series currently being worked on. I am a graphic design hobbyist, but this is my first attempt at a fantasy map.

The map, and story attributed to it, started out as a custom D&D campaign years ago. I kept working on the story and map afterwards, and it eventually evolved into this current piece.

Map Details:

This map took me ~20 days to create in Illustrator and Photoshop, working everyday anywhere from 4-10 hours/day. The entire map was originally sketched out with pencil & paper and scanned onto my PC some time ago, but it wasn't until recently that I decided to go all out with it.

I started by tracing over the sketch in Illustrator and 'hand-drew' (pencil tool & brush effects) all the lines, outlines, and details - rivers, lakes coastlines, islands, forest, and yes - even the mountains (very tedious). Once I completed all the outlines in Illustrator, I ported the data over to Photoshop to fill in the color and visual effects, and added in all the labels.

Every detail in the map is unique - meaning that every river, forest, lake, mountain, etc was individually drawn in and detailed. Also, every element in the map is original content created specifically for the map (IE no generic elements were used, such as symbols, trees, towns, etc) except for the fonts, of course.

The black font labeling geographic features is called 'Alladin' and the lighter font labeling cities and kingdoms is called 'Aniron'.


- TheValcian
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rnlaurie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2019
This is amazing
Thaxssillissia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018   General Artist
Beautiful map. I really enjoy chosen colors - nice flow. Nice work man.
I tried recently one on my own for my RPG sessions. Well, I really need to improve.
LongBeak Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
I’m going to make a game can you remake the map everything the same except with no righting or symbols ps love the work
DanAlvarenga Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
That's a incrible map! So beautiful! =)
LordCorvell Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
Hey! This image came up in a Google search for "Free fantasy map", may I use it for a Spotify album image?
TheEtarian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
i really like this map :)
Kiltedfiend Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Beautiful map. Love the textures and the names. Awesome. As an aspiring map maker, it inspires me.
stormtx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Do you do commission work, for something simpler but for a book?
SnowyReign Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody fantastic map you've made here! Really well detailed and well planned out. Quite inspiring for novelist-to-be's and other creative story writer's out here :'D I'm trying to create my own maps but at the moment... can only sketch it out in simple formats before I can figure out how to evolve it further to concepts like this and several other's on dA lol

Though... I don't get why people would be asking you (or other artists/creator of original maps for their own stories) to be asking you to "be able to use your map for my own stories" and whatnot... like, isn't it already obvious that these wonderful maps created are for the artists OWN stories (or for their clients)? Something I will never understand... :iconmingplz: Just bloody enjoy other people's creations and be inspired to make your own map or get someone to help you create maps for your stories/novels/etc :iconpapmingplz:

Anywho, keep up the awesome work! :) 
Sevenserpents Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Artist
What's th is great map for?
landwar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
can i have a copy of these map without signature?
Unseeming Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! As someone who is into map-making myself, this is great for inspiration.
RenWex Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its an interesting mapstyle! :)
Styxonian Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Really like the detail and contouring. Stunning map. 
Anyarah Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Hey Valcian,

your map is very, very well done! I like the division of forests, mountains, prairies and islands very much. Especially the forests and mountains are designed very detailed and complex. I just love it! <3

My question would be, whether I would get your permission to use this map for my own story book I just want to write. Of course I would erase the names out of your map and I would add new, own names.
You have to know that I love writing own stories.

Another question would be, whether you would be willing to create one other world map for me, if I would ask you. And what would you charge for it?

Otherwise I wish you a relaxing sunday.

RyanDee73 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing!
Kyle-J-Durrant Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is pretty damn impressive. Hand drawing maps can be difficult in itself, but going further and scanning a map onto a computer, then going through all that work using Illustrator and Photoshop...just wow. One of the finest maps I've seen.
I used the program "Campaign Cartographer 3" for my maps (it was gifted to me), and they still don't look this good. Nice work.
mokonapawa Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
it's really beautiful! One thing though : most of the little islands are at the same distance from the continent, it makes it a little unnatural (for example, west side of the Eleryn Sea). 
kadarinash Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
I know what you mean about mountains, I hand draw maps and can fully appreciate the work involved. what I like about this one is the clarity and also the colours you have used. the detail is sublime .
RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is INCREDIBLE!  I don't even know what this is referencing to, but it's so incredible!
Mappa-Mundi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
Lovely, just a few minutes looking at you map and I'm seeing trade routes, cultures, bottlenecks in times of war. That it's a first attempt is really impressive.
gus72 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
cool !!!
creed16 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Amazing map ! I wish I could make fantasy maps like that 
Qoff Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Dude this map is simple and yet elegant and beautiful, I'm learning about it, can you take a look at my page and give some advices?
Mylostheart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
Hey Authsauce,

I sent you a pm but you didn't respond so I'll ask it again here. I'm thinking of starting a rp on a online forum (completely for fun, make-the-rules as you go sort of thing) and I was wondering if I could make use of your map. It's a complete leisure activity - not profit involved.
Halle-Dean Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! May I ask what texture you used over the whole thing? It gives it all a very interesting feel.
Also, I LOVE the shading. Wow!
LadyDreamMaker Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love how this look! I want ask... Will you take commission to draw maps? I have a friend that want that kind of maps for his story.
1nsignia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way you've drawn your mountains. Something I always struggle with
TreyDavidWood Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Looks great-- especially for a first time map. 
rogerrr13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
This is absolutely gorgeous!
tcernesto Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
thank you for mention the fonts names
tcernesto Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
love this
Vazumor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Hello I need a fantasy map for my series of books!! I wish contact with you and looking for a price!! I can pay you if u make me a map.
TheCalraidanKingdoms Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely I could cry. Really inspires me to try to make my OC's continent map...
Jeita Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Well, I understand that you have to draw everything from sketch. After all, if you intend to get money from the work of making the map. You can't use brushes other people have made ^^ Did you draw the Sigil in the middle as well?
Peturious Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I have never seen such a cool map in my life except the map of middle earth!!!!!! This is a real masterpiece and very impressive that you could come up with all those names and different areas! Just incredible!
Deyuan-Wayne Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work
Darkirewolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I was wondering if I could have your permission to use your map for my book. I would be changing the font and the names of the places. Also I would be changing a big portion of the map in the sea area. So I was wondering if you would allow me to use it
notagoodboy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Is it possible that I can use your map for a multiplayer risk game called Atwar. I'm looking for a good map I can use and your map look just amazing.
iigod Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is incredible, I wish I could get my maps to look like this. good job. :]
Crafty-Muffin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
holy...what the...well now I don't even wanna finish my one! Jesus.
Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great
TrueWiseWizard Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
nataliespasic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi How much do you charge to do a map? I have a sketch of some maps. This will be used for a novel  we are looking to doing a more ink sketch. Interested to know your pricing. My email is


And great job on this map its a great eye catcher
adi1625 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
This is very detailed.  The positioning of the mountain ranges also looks geologically plausible. 
Heres-Martyn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow o.>O freakin EPIC!
kaywolfang Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
ghostintheafro Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You`re the boss, man! Your map is an inspiration to the project that I`m currently doing. Ingenious.
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