I found that I had been drawing a lot of my recent maps (particularly commissioned pieces) by roughing them out in pencil and then going to ink afterwards. However that’s not really my style. Until 2014, I basically did all my maps directly in pen and I’ve been missing that organic feel of growth that I get when I lay something down that’s immediately permanent and I have to work from it instead of being able to go back and change it as the rest of the map progresses.
So I decided I should draw a classic dungeon in my traditional style. But I got sidetracked because what kind of dungeon doesn’t have a surface level? (Well, besides most of the dungeons I’ve drawn over the years, but let’s ignore that for now.) So today I give you my direct-to-ink map of the ruins of Ettin Manor which once loomed over this cliff and small waterfall.
Of course, there are a pair of secret doors on the map, which lead into the dungeons of Ettin Manor – ancient crypts or treasure stores that may to this day be untouched by looters and treasure hunters because of well-made secret doors, excellent locks, and maybe a bit of magic and the reasonable fear of deadly traps.
This map is made available for your free use thanks to the amazing patrons of the Dodecahedron Patreon Campaign that keeps me fed and sheltered while I draw these fancy doodads for your enjoyment. Awesome people like Stacy Dellorfano (who does that epically awesome ConTessa with a group of other awesome women), Levi Kornelsen, Andy Action, Samuel Kehoe and over 300 others!
One step further – because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:
Cartography by Dyson Logos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Again, this shouldn’t need repeating, but this only applies to the maps in this post! So enjoy! The Ruins of Ettin Manor (or whatever name you give it in your games) is yours to do with as you please, personally or commercially!