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Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven
- The zipped folder contains a Photoshop brush file containing all the brushes shown here, as well as a transparent .PNG file with all the images on it, in case you're using something that does not support this file type.

- Please link to this if you use these brushes, so that people can easily find them if they like them! (In fact, that's just a nice thing to do with any stock you use.)

- You don't have to ask my permission to use these (except for commercial purposes*) - the answer is yes. If you ask me anyway, I'll tell you yes and thank you for being polite. :3
*You may use these in deviantART Prints. For commercial use outside of deviantART, please do contact me for permission.

- I always appreciate a link to deviations made with my resources; I love to see what people make!

- If you have any comments or critique, I would love to hear it! Tell me what you think so I can make these better and more usable.

Edit: Now contains bigger town icons, by popular demand. Also contains the jungle blocks, which were missing from the first version for some reason. If you want to download the recent additions only, you can find those here: [link]

My favorite maps that use these brushes: [link]
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Given 2012-08-31
[Stock & Resources] Sketchy Cartography Brushes by ~StarRaven A well thought out and executed brush pack that will help your cartographic adventures to become more detailed. ( Featured by Elandria )
Eluminora Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks extremely useful! Thanks! 
TarenDay Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2018  Student General Artist
Awesome work!
Dstotts Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018
Hi StarRaven... wonderful work and thank you for making these available.  I would like to ask permission to use these in a vintage map I've built of Ireland.  I'm working on an education history program for kids called Drive Thru History.  Thank you!
imoiseikin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  New Deviant
Very nice brushes! Can I use it for commercial purposes for world map in my VR game (with credits and link to you)?
MarciiN Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Juggernaut6983 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
Love the brushes Star Raven.  I want to ask if I could have permission to use these in a solo commercial project that I am working on.  I will gladly cite you in the credits with your approval.  Either way, great looking brushes! 

Tanuihael Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Landkarte by Tanuihael  
rosenoern Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this Brush Set.

Here's a quick player handout i made in a couple of hours. This set really makes it a lot easier to produce great looking maps.

  Dragonmaw Valley map by rosenoern  
czAtlan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
These are awesome! I have to try them soon!
Mx-Ice-Phoenix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY I won't have to spend three weeks on a map now ^_^
DinoGirlJ Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
I'm writing a fantasy novel (In which I'm planning on publishing adept a far way off in the process) and I was wondering if I could use these brushes for the map. I can leave credit if you'd like!
AcolyteofArgon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm making a map (first time) with your brushes, get back on the results. :) 
Dark-Aires Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^,^ Your brushes really look cool and I wouldn't mind trying something with them sooner or later. Thank you for posting.
RatchaWriter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
StarRaven, may I have permission to use your brushes for a book's map? Credits and link, of course! Looking up the rest of your art. Thank you for these--amazing!
Ururaru Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
I've used your brushes for a map for my first fantasy book.
May i have your permission to use them? (i'll put credits, of course)

Keaton-Tan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here it is, Star! Thanks again!

Cresthaven by Keaton-Tan  
Keaton-Tan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much StarRaven! I'm using these in a map I'm making for our D&D campaign. I'll upload the map here once it's done, and show you. Thanks again!
MaelstromDigital1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
Hello, I am in production of a fantasy VR game and I desperately need to use your cartography brushes for my world map, this is a commercial project.

Please get back to me as soon as you can at

Thank you.
heggcnote Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
These are awesome!
PCCaste Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
lots of love for you, star raven
mllhild Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I was playing around with making maps but couldnt finish any because I just dont have the patience to draw all the small details. Now I can go and actually get something done!
tornioduva Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
this is glorious. thanks!
BertTRP Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
HOw do i download this?? I literally see no "download" button or link on this page... sorry for the dumb question, first time around here... thx!
HuskyMCflufy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
It's on the right under the favourites button
ArtsieGrrl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic. I can't thank you enough. So - THANK YOU! <3
Eratey-80 Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Does Anybody Know How I Might Add These Brushes To GIMP?
ginspretty Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot :*
sofia025 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Excelent. Can I use them for commercial projects please ? I need to release a map for a book.
Thank you for your answer. 
TheMadK1ng Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you SOOOO much for this!!
TsurayamikuKun Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm writting a book and I need to make a map for my world. Can I use this brushes in my book I if credit you?
joshua4637 Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This is absolutely fantastic, your work is gorgeous 
joshua4637 Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Taking some inspiration from these for a hand drawn custom Dungeons & Dragons map I'm making. 
Jankolek03 Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2018
thanx , u re the best XD
BladeViridian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!, These are great!
I was having trouble drawing my worl map for my Story Legends of the sky but now with these brushes its helps me alot!!!!
Looking forward for more exciting pieces from you 
UbiquitousUK Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
Thanks for the brushes. I used them here  Icewind Dale Map by UbiquitousUK  
thorlolking Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Just wanted to pop by and say how superbly well done these brushes are! On a side note, does anyone here know how to convert these for use in Gimp 2.8?
Igelavar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Hello StarRaven!
I really love your brushes, they are absolutely amazing!
I'm an author and world builder and publish my novel online ( and my world via World Anvil (…), which is a great tool for building and presenting settings ^-^
I have drawn several maps, one of which I drew in part with your tree and grass brushes (in this article:… direct link to the map:

I am publishing (and soon selling) a monthly magazine with new chapters of my book and bonus material called "Gates of Aqualon the Magazine", and I would like to include the map I made in a future issue, and potentially other maps I draw using your brushes. Would that be acceptable for you?
You are, of course, already listed in the Special Thanks section of my World Anvil page (…).

Best regards and thanks for the awesome work!

PS: if you want to contact me directly, I would prefer email (Kentai92[at], since I don't look in on deviantart as often anymore.
LadyWatts Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
So I downloaded the folder, but I'm not exactly sure how to get them onto my program. Any help with that would be much appreciated. Kind of a noob at this lol!
Vike91 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
can i use those brush for the map of my fantasy book?
BladeViridian Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Their very good!, Great for making Fantasy style maps Thanks for sharing em!
Kalargyan1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
Wow this Cartography Brushes are amazing ! thank you so much for sharing ! 
Thehoodedteddy13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do these work in CSP?
DreamteDude16 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Student General Artist
I've already used these for a couple campaign maps, they're super handy, Thanks!
jcastle316 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I please use these for commercial use? Thank you so much for your willingness to share these. Great graphics!! 
HoosierDragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
Any way I can get these and the expanded ones? I am making a D&D map for my group.
hem474 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Has anyone been able to get in contact with StarRaven? I'd love to use these in my fantasy book, but I receive no replies. 
WswViceVersa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018
Can I use these brushes for commercial purpose?
mqadasi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
akaihokage Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Does anyone know if their work with Paint Tool Sai? If yes, could you tell me how to install them? I've tried myself, but nothing works :(
tkellsworth Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
May I use these for a map for a book I'm writing? Would greatly appreciate it, and will definitely credit if you want!
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