STUCK ON WHICH CARTOGRAPHY PACKAGE TO CHOOSE? YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
Any of our packages are available in traditional and digital artwork.
While the silver package is our most affordable cartography option, it's far from simple! A Silver map gives you a beautiful and modest setting for your world. You can expect to see clearly defined land, plenty of classic natural features (forests, mountains, and lakes) plus some notable buildings and features.
Gold designs really ramp it up! These are more complex and start to bring in more detailed aspects i.e. more intricate mountains and lakes, extra detailing on buildings, plus a range of new styles are available, such as the treasure, city, and mountain court maps in the examples on the right.
We really start to go all-out with our platinum maps. These include complex and page-filling detailing plus a wonderful array of buildings and features. Expect to see defined structures and land with an array of illustrated concepts to bring the map to life!
Titanium level is the best of the best. The sky is the limit! Anything you can think of, we can draw it. Titanium maps bring together exquisitely intricate details, adding layers upon layers of illustration with our digital map, or being drawn on a huge A0 canvas with traditional. Every detail is perfection.
Q: How long will a map take?
A: It varies from project to project, and depends on if you go for a traditional or digital map, but here are our average timescales, the latter of each indicating traditional map timescales:
Silver: 2-4 weeks
Gold: 3-6 weeks
Platinum: 6-12 weeks
Titanium: 8-16 weeks
Q: Can my map be posted to me?
A: If you order a traditional map, yes, it can be posted to you. Postage completely varies depending on which country you are in and which cartographer you choose. Maps sent by Chaim can usually be posted for around $30 USD, however maps from Fred can be upward of $50. Please mention this on your order form.
Q: Is a licence included in the fee?
A: Yes, a commercial licence is granted as part of the service. This means you can use your map in books, games, and merchandise. This does not permit you full copyright therefore you cannot sell the map unaltered (i.e. direct prints). If you'd like to discuss copyright, please mention this on your booking form.
Q: Will I receive sketches along the way?
A: Yes! We want to make sure your map is perfect, you will receive sketches at every major design phase. Please note that while sketches are provided for traditional maps, it becomes much more difficult to alter the further along we go, so it's important your ideas are presented clearly to the cartographer.
Q: What do you need from me to create a map?
A: The more information you can provide, the better! Ideally, we'd love a super rough outline of your map, either drawn by hand or using software. Don't worry though, it can be some loose scribbles on a page, we just need it to know the basic shape of your land and location of key elements. We'll also need you to ensure that any names you provide for labels have been thoroughly double checked/proofread, particularly for traditional maps, as once the labels are inked on, there is minimal scope to change them and you will be subject to pay a new map fee if the map is required to be re-done because you misspelled something to us.
Q: What's the difference between a traditional and digital map?
A: A traditional map is created using traditional art methods, including: pen, pencil, charcoal, tea/coffee staining, etc It is all drawn on paper.
A digital map is still hand-drawn but utilises digital methods instead such as ipads and stylus pens.
Digital maps can be more flexible during the design process if anything needs changing.