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Frosthaven [2015] by SirInkman Frosthaven [2015] by SirInkman
A few days ago a member on the Cartographers Guild website commissioned me to make a map of the city of Frosthaven, where his group campaigns over on Obsidian Portal. Here's the link if you have an account -the-harsh-northlands.obsidianp…
Jim's a great guy to work with and gave me a really good design brief for this. It was a pleasure to work on and I am really happy with the result. I'm glad I was able to work with him on this.

I am available for map commissions as well at this time. Cheers. :)

Some people had asked about getting a print of this map so I made them available on Red Bubble.
You can check them out at the link - www.redbubble.com/people/sirin…

Other places of interest...
The Isle of Shab'ra'tan by SirInkman Islands of Paloket by SirInkman Bourmout [frontpage] by SirInkman Shreeve of Shrivenshire by SirInkman Anthropos Iohanan by SirInkman Tenma House by SirInkman
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karanliksirius Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Student Writer
it's very beautiful :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Professional
Thank you K :)
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CascadesRanger Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Do you have a legend for this town/city that you would share?  That would make it so much more beautiful!!!!!!!   Thanks...
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Professional
Hey Walker - what sort of legend?
There is a numbered and named list of buildings that corresponds to the numbers on the map.
Not sure what more you would be looking for.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist
I found interersting the large amount of ruins and abandoned buildings within the city!

Great map!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional
Thanks Shabazik :)
That was based on client description.
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crumpled Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional
I really like the structure of the rock. Although it's a totally different color than the surrounding grassland, it fits in very nice and naturally. 
That's definitely something I need to work on. ;)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional
Yeah, it was actually somewhat of an accident.
I was going to make the shore more of a rocky coast thing but the client wanted it more sandy.
So the rocky colored hills stayed.

I like having rocky outcropping popping up in my grasses.
I think each of us brings a bit of the environment we like, or are familiar with, into our work.
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crumpled Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Professional
"I never make stupid mistakes. Only very very clever ones." ;)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2016  Professional
I can't say that - I have made many 'stupid' mistakes. :D
They often turn into something interesting... but not always.
Mistakes lead to interesting and unexpected results though, so I don't stress about them.
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Alsalamek Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
Great woork
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Professional
Thank you Alsalamek :D
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sglod Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like all the details. This is a very cool, well done map.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional
Thanks Mauricio. :D
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tilianus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
If I could draw such maps, I sure would do nothing else.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional
Thanks Philipp. :) I am lucky to be able to do what I do. :nod:
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tilianus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It is consoling that at least some of us are that lucky.
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primnull Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Artist
for such a large town I would think there would be more boats and piers, like at least double
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional
I can see your point.
The client had stated that the city was in decline and out on the very edge of civilization.
The docks/piers area was based on what the client had supplied to me as reference.

I have another city that is slowly being finished that is more like what you'd expect.
You can see that over at the cartographer's guild site - www.cartographersguild.com/sho…
More docks, piers, and boats...
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sweetiepetey2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
This and all of your other Luma maps are gorgeous. I wish you had them on your Redbubble site for sale! :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional
Thanks Eric. :)
I hadn't thought of putting them on RB. I don't sell many prints on there.
The margins aren't particularly good.
If you are truly interested I could try to get prints to sell though.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
This is so great, are doing that for a game or website or just as a passion?
When we were younger, we played a game called "The black eye",
and we made such maps for every game to play in that world, but ofc
they were crap compared to this masterpiece^^
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional
I do it as a passion but I also do this as a freelance illustrator. ;)
This particular map was commissioned by a guy that runs a large campaign world and wanted to have some maps done for use on Obsidian Portal, for his players.
I am developing several game/story worlds with the plan of trying to make a salable product from them.
Many maps I have on here are from the world of Luma, as well as some of the building drawings and some of the weaponry.

Yep, that is how I started out doing it too.
When I was young my friends all designated me as the DM so I would develop stories and maps and such for those games. :D
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
That´s so great, keep up this cool work, I love especially such
detailled city maps^^

Haha yeah I also came into map making, cause I was the "master"
in that roleplay games. At first my continents looked unrealistic
cause as kid you have no clue how it must be, but then I learned
more and more. And didn´t use random names, but choose a real
culture, with certain endings of the words etc.

Tho what I often see in such maps and games, that people love names
that have a good balance of  vowels and consonants.

For example Luma, Mara, Kanolas, Maran all that seems to sound good to people,
while Zrbihl or chlamiehn etc. are usually seen as not good sounding XD

I still tried to add some, cause I needed different cultures, and there is always
a language sounding not good, when u grew up.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional
I know what you mean. I was a fan of Jorune and Talislanta, partly due to their strangeness and very 'alien' nature.
I found that people seem less interested in things that are very 'non-human' or very unfamiliar.
Be that strange or hard to pronounce names or ecologies or social structures.

I guess if one is looking to play a fantasy game and escape from reality for a while they don't want to have to focus a lot and think overly much regarding the game world.
I used to do some very strange and hard to pronounce/spell creature and place names.
People didn't seem to like it as much.

But I do still like to make the cultures seem distinct and their words/places seem noticeably different.
Regarding the vowels and consonants thing - it might have to do with the cadence or rhythm that the word creates.
Luma or Paloket have a nice bouncy rhythm to them. Paer'Zivrash... not so much. :D
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Yes cause people wanna identify themselves with them, tho I also
loved reptile-humans and cat-humans at some point, just
like in Skyrim Argonians and Khajit XD

Yes indeed. Tho some also use the cultures of Europe for a fantasy world.
Then there is an empire in the middle with german names,
in the west with french names in the east with slavic names and so on,
which works quite well, too.
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DePassage Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great map, nice feeling!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional
Thank you Patrick. :D
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DePassage Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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f700es Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Artist
Great map, love all the details. I want to just stroll through the streets ;)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional
Thanks Sean. :D
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theartisttouch Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
a very beautiful map :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional
Thank you JPM. :)
Very much appreciated.
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MaximePLASSE Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Great map J. !
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional
Thanks Max. :)
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IrishRascal Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Wow, impressive. How much do you charge for map commissions? 
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional
Thanks Lea. It varies depending on style, level of detail, color or black and white, whether copyright is involved, etc.
If you are interested send me a note and give me some details on what you're wanting done. ;)
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toht981 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like a very pleasant location.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional
Thank you George. :)
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jcarlhenderson Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That is an amazingly well done map!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional
Thanks JC. :D
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Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Great City Map!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional
Thanks Bogie. :)
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015

Beautifully done. That looks like quite an awesome city, and the surrounding lands are quite lovely as well. Not only is the map great but the textures and colors give the feeling of an actual map that's warped by the color sinking into the thick paper.

 

The only thing is that the name of the stables gives me a sad visual image. Still, awesome job.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional
Thanks FS. :)
All the names are from the client.
I'm not sure what that was to mean, I suspect it wasn't literal, but I agree that it is an unpleasant visual.
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littlegoblet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
this is very nice.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional
Thank you Christine. :)
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littlegoblet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
no problems buddy :)
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NovaScotiaDream Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
 love it!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional
Thanks NSD. :)
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