Sunday, December 30, 2012

A map of a dungeon that never was, but may someday be…

+Dyson Logos posted a map yesterday that he did his own version of a map Wil Wheaton posted over on his blog. Ever the copier, I had to take a stab at it. :)

I used my now standard Dyson-style for the map, originally on my homemade graph paper using two Sharpie Pens (fine and medium). The map took maybe thirty minutes to draw and ink then I wasted about another fifteen minutes to put to make the background to the right and mess with it so it looks neato. I am decently happy with the result.

This was interesting for me because I typically do not like remaking a map or trying to fit into an existing design. I much prefer to just let it flow and roll onto the paper and when I attempt to do this I feel somewhat stifled. This one was pretty cool however because of the variety of shapes, rooms and design of this small dungeon. I actually, strangely, enjoyed making this map and putting together the background texture/design for the back of the image (using a mess of filter, images stolen from the net, and some script-fu applications). It has been quite a while since I made a map like this.

Below is the cleaned up version. Wil released his under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License so I will do the same. Click for a larger version.


  1. Nicely done, Matt. A good trick when doing someone else's map is to ditch the grid so you are forced to freehand it a bit more and be constrained by the original a bit less.

    I also much prefer your take on the little ^ marks as being stairs instead of stalactites.

  2. Excellent piece of mapping, Matt! The image using the stylized color and background really brings it to life; a classic "weathered and washed" look found in really old maps. I would like to see more maps like this, but the cleaned up version makes it easier to add notes and such.
    Continued success and masterful mapping in the New Year!!