How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans

by Jared Blando


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The power of creation is at your fingertips!

Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time again on which your world can unfold.

All the skills necessary to create awe-inspiring maps are covered!

  • Landscapes. Add depth, balance and plausibility with rocky coastlines, towering mountains, dark forests and rolling plains.
  • Iconography. Mark important places—towns and cities, fortresses and bridges—with symbolic iconography for easy-to-understand maps.
  • Typography. Learn how to place readable text and the basics of decorative script. Bonus instruction teaches you to create fonts for Orcs, Elves, Vikings and dragons.
  • Heraldry and shield design. Depict cultural and political boundaries with shields and colors.
  • Advanced cartography. Includes how to draw landmarks, country boundaries and political lines. Build roads to connect merchants and troops, troll cairns and dragon lairs. And complete your maps with creative backgrounds, elaborate compasses and thematic legends.
30+ step-by-step demonstrations illustrate how to construct an entire fantasy world map from start to finish—both digitally and by hand!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440340246
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 115,940
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jared Blando, Portland, OR, is a professional freelance cartographer and conceptual artist who works in the RPG, book and gaming industry. Though he is best known for his RPG fantasy maps, he is also prominent in the board game and publishing industry,. He has worked for Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Ubisoft, Mayfair Games and Paizo.

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How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
A_Gale More than 1 year ago
This was something I picked up for my husband and he loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in, looking around curiously, his brown spiky hair waving in the wind* "What kinda world is this?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(What kind of place is it?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I dunno what to do then.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She ran quickly toward a wespons stand and quickly grabed a sword and throwing stars the she took off not wanting to get caught