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John Stevenson
Artist | Professional
United States
Mapmaker, illustrator, and imaginer of worlds
Illustration and Cartography by J.Stevenson
If you enjoy my work, consider donating a Kofi
Or joining me on Patreon

I have a passion for maps and architecture, objects and scenes.
I also enjoy creating icons, logos, and custom lettering.

I love envisioning terrains and locations, buildings and vegetation; all of the little details that create that ineffable sense of place, the things that make it real for the viewer. I am all about imagining better worlds.

If you're interested in working together, feel free to email me at and let me know more about the project you would like to work on. My work can be seen at these links....
Cartographers Guild
Red Bubble shop
and now...

And if you are interested in getting prints, I opened an INPRNT shop for now.
I will add prints over time.
If you have an interest in a print that isn't available, let me know.
UPDATE July 31st - HOLY COW!!! DD :D
What a great thing to wake up to after a crazy long long day of work yesterday.
Today will be a perma-grin sort of day. :icongrin--plz:
The city of Rognal got a Daily Deviation!! Thank you :iconmoonbeam13: :hug: :happybounce:

City of Rognal by SirInkman

UPDATE - Pre-order the Atlas of Design
The 4th volume of the Atlas of Design is now available for pre-order.
This is the volume with Skenara in it.
So if you are interested in that, you should pre-order to ensure that you get a copy.
You can order here -
I receive no profit from the sale of the books.
I just thought people might be interested.

Update - this is a shoutout for Kelleri :iconkellerica: who is looking to do some map commissions.
She does good work and very cool atmospheric and moody pieces. Check her out and see if you might like a map done.
Her commission info, and some sample maps. I don't think you'll be disappointed. :)
Commission Info! by Kellerica  Syr Reborn by Kellerica  The Northern Lands Map by Kellerica

My map of Skenara was chosen as one of 32 maps to be in the 2018 Atlas of Design. :D
How cool is that. I think it might be the only fantasy map, maybe. That's cool.

This is the 4th volume of the Atlas, being released every two years.
Here's a blurb about the people who do the selection and publishing - NACIS.
"Published every two years by the North American Cartographic Information Society,
the Atlas of Design shows off some of the world's best cartography."

I am thrilled to be included in the ranks of such esteemed map makers. :)
I'll add publishing info when I have it.

Skenara [Land Beyond the Sea] by SirInkman
  • Listening to: Hawkwind
  • Drinking: Coffee
I finally took the time to go through and set up my patreon.
  Go check it out. :)

I'm rather excited about where this will lead.
My hope is to be able to fund more of my personal projects and story worlds.
This would mean more maps from the worlds of Luma and Nhyn, as well as more environments for gaming purposes.
If it is well received, I'll be doing more random encounters as well as floorplans and dungeons.

I already have a number of new work started for that.
I think it's going to be cool.

I'll still be posting the finished work here and around the net. That's not gonna change. ;)
The patrons will get access to more behind the scenes stuff like sketches and other bits.
But I will continue sharing the final pieces. I set it up so people can pay what they want.
I got the inspiration from Toixstory :icontoixstory: who has her patreon set up that way.
I like the idea of that. :) Go check out her work.

So if you enjoy the maps and want to join in to keep more flowing, consider joining me on patreon.
I think it's going to be fun. I'm sure we'll have some cool patron inspired stuff coming out of this.

Now for some maps from others here on DeviantArt.... [in no particular order]
La Terra dei Fanes by FrancescaBaerald

Syr Reborn by Kellerica Regional map - Sagas des mers grises by Tiphs Elzevir Geopolitics by Ilanthar  The Orient by ThreeGivenNames Tenshi'zan Peak by N-Horizons

The War of Olheim Stotbir by Tangaboa Scotland in the Early 16th Century by Milites-Atterdag Guilded Lands by strafwibble Akait by Sapiento The Ravaged Reaches by stratomunchkin

Border Tower 21 by Ashlerb Marhir by Julio-Lacerda  The Independent Territories of Belthennia by last-mapmaker  Regional Map - Avarra by Levodoom  Fireflies Camp by night by LordCarmi

Caeperus - Post Exodus Map by Ranarh

Serne-1 by Fred73fr Tun Vareg - City Map by Brian-van-Hunsel Rommilys Sehr Klein by thomads3890 The Forgotten Balath Dungeon, level one by TomDigitalGraphics Fedir by artbymatthew

Thersis Atlas Book by n-a-i-m-a Donning the Purple - Gameboard by DanielHasenbos The Lands of Terra after the Final War of 2055 by zalezsky Torchio by ffaat Bathos Island by Thaxssillissia

White Hill by Vincent--L  Rainbow Lake Commission by arsheesh  Chasing realistic topography: Brywaeo by Caenwyr  The Bloom by butterfrog  Artsakh Republic by SoaringAven  Tomb of forbidden knowledge by NoahW

The World of Maloreth by Thomas-Rey

The City of Waterill 2017 by Traditionalmaps Rendaraia Cartographia by JayelDraco  Jokmal Tourist Map by wingsofwrath  The Sundered Kingdom by cwalton73 Roman Empire 4th Century: United Empire by Kuusinen

INNER SEA poster map WIP by vorropohaiah Hand Drawn Fantasy World Map - Ileya by waronmars Terrestria by Simanion Historical Map by Svera Fantasy Map by IsmaelHernandezArt

Cityscape commission by deWitteillustration Carnival Pier and Environs by 28crucis Church Cutaway by rednotdead Comission - Realm of Vaarda by Astral-Requin Calixis Sector by Hapimeses

Cheers to all map makers out there :D (Big Grin) and hope everyone enjoys the selections.
Thanks for all the comments, faves, views, and just generally being a great community.
Cheers, J

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kalaadrius Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
Many thanks for the :+fav:! :)
SirInkman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Professional
You're quite welcome Siim :)
justMANGO Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Recently learned that you're doing the maps for Arcanum Worlds. Was already really looking forward to the project, and now even more excited! :dance:
SirInkman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Professional
I am :D How'd you find out about Arcanum? Just curious.
Have they been promoting it somewhere? I've been so busy with the maps that I haven't been keeping up with things.
It's been very cool doing the maps for that. I am on the large region map right now. :) Then it'll be time for a big city.

justMANGO Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a huge fan of the older Bioware's games, so when the news came that James Ohlen left Bioware for more personal projects, I did a bit of Googling and found Arcanum Worlds, which got me really excited. They have you listed on the Arcanum website as the map maker, which got me doubly excited. Can't wait to see the whole thing come to fruition.
SirInkman Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional
Well, you'll be glad to know that James and I may be working on another really cool project soon. ;)
If all goes well, I will let you know when I am able to. :D I'm super excited about this next one.

I was really excited when James contacted me.
I can't even say how many hours/days/weeks/months went into playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter. :nod:

After it is published, I'll have to tell you a funny story about it that made the whole map part better. Sort of. =P
Now I have to get back to that region map... maybe i can finish it up today. Maybe.

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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
Thanks for the watch!
SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Professional
my pleasure Chris :)
You've got a lot of cool work. ;)
Ilanthar Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
You have a lot of illustrations here that I'm discovering with delight. Those buildings are so cool!
SirInkman Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Professional
Hehe, yes, I do a lot more than maps. :)
That's one of the only downsides to the Guild, if you'd call it one.
That was part of my reasoning for wanting to do the whole patreon thing, as I had all these other things i wanted to work on and show.
1-Friendly-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
I found Bourmout a while back and finally used it in my current campaign. I've made a history of the Bourmout family, made up some npcs and written up some details. One of my players has a character that is the second son of the Lord and he loves this.
I wanted to thank you for your inspiration and talent. I love maps but my skills are somewhat limited. I've seen other work you've done but Bourmout has become something special. You are amazing and I love your work.
SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional
Thanks Mark :D
I'm glad you all were able to have some fun adventures in and around Bourmout.
I really need to finish and release some more of the Luma related maps.
Bourmout is in an area that I haven't heavily developed at the moment.
I have a lot more developed to the west toward the Great sea, as they call it.
Indigo007 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in awe of your work! I have always wanted to do a intricate map. Oh my word you are the wizard Sir John. Keep up the passion. And thanks for sharing your talent here.
SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Professional
Thank you Indigo :D
Kiltedfiend Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
Thanks for the Llama. Beautiful work! I love the way you lay youre maps out. Trying to learn as much as I can from them. Awesome stuff!
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