This is the first map I’ve drawn post-surgery. It took about twice as long as it should, but give me a few weeks of recovery and I should be back in the swing of things properly.
This whole “seeking patrons” thing has had surprising results for me. Just as I started drawing this yesterday, one of my local patrons dropped by and bought hardcovers of Delves and Theorems, and also dropped off a set of Micron pens and some nice paper.
Malleth’s Canyon was drawn using a mix of pens – my standard 0.7mm black gel pen for the walls underground, and .3 and .1 micron pens for detail work and cross-hatching. It was drawn in my new 5 x 7 sketch book that I bought last month. It’s not the first map in the book, but it is the first since my surgery. It was then scanned into photoshop and contrast-enhanced and cleaned up a little.
I also added some tree screens to it, but I’m not sure if I like them in the end:
The map itself is obviously inspired by the classic Caves of Chaos from B1 Keep on the Borderlands, but is significantly smaller (and hopefully less grindy). The sinkhole at the bottom of the canyon was originally inspired by the Devil’s Gullet just outside of Goodsprings in Fallout: New Vegas – but by the time it was drawn it had little resemblance to said.
So, how do you prefer Malleth’s Canyon? With or without the tree screens?
If you like this map, and would like more maps like it or to support the continued production of said, check out Dyson’s Delves – a book of maps and adventures from the blog – or my Patreon campaign for more awesome cartography.