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Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven
- The zipped folder contains a Photoshop brush file containing all the brushes shown here, as well as a transparent .PNG file with all the images on it, in case you're using something that does not support this file type.

- Please link to this if you use these brushes, so that people can easily find them if they like them! (In fact, that's just a nice thing to do with any stock you use.)

- You don't have to ask my permission to use these (except for commercial purposes*) - the answer is yes. If you ask me anyway, I'll tell you yes and thank you for being polite. :3
*You may use these in deviantART Prints. For commercial use outside of deviantART, please do contact me for permission.

- I always appreciate a link to deviations made with my resources; I love to see what people make!

- If you have any comments or critique, I would love to hear it! Tell me what you think so I can make these better and more usable.

Edit: Now contains bigger town icons, by popular demand. Also contains the jungle blocks, which were missing from the first version for some reason. If you want to download the recent additions only, you can find those here: [link]

My favorite maps that use these brushes: [link]
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Given 2012-08-31
[Stock & Resources] Sketchy Cartography Brushes by ~StarRaven A well thought out and executed brush pack that will help your cartographic adventures to become more detailed. ( Featured by Elandria )
Qoff Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
atsuhara Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
Hello dude!
Your work is great, I was searching a lot a set like yours, with asian symbols, variety of trees and mountains.
I like your maps a lot, and I'm very interested in brushes to draw cities and with asian symbols (chinese, preferibly)
Could you recommend me some?
Also, I wanna ask you if I can use this pack with a personal project: I'm writing a Three Kingdoms themed (not wuxia) RPG, and need to draw some maps.
Thanks a lot!
flintandflowerpetals Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I would also like to use these brushes to create a map for my book. You can check out my website here and I would only be using a map ON the website itself, not in the books. I would link here for people to see the source brushes. Thank you. 
Girot Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
you are the man.  THANK YOU.
LittleTamarin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Beyond cute!
ArchonSigil Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
May I please use your brushes to help me build a map for my fantasy book (It will be my first novel, a self-published book called The Sigil Blade)
JeiFaeKlubs Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Hello! I used one of your brushes here (in a more non-conventional way, I have to admit^^):…
Thanks a lot for sharing this brush set with us!
McFunkypants Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
May I please use these wonderful brushes in my game?
Dikoleo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2015
Your brushes are awesome !!!!! :happybounce:…
kyleloewyartist Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Would I be able to use these brushes for a map I'm creating, for use in a fantasy novel I'm writing?  Should I credit you in the colophon of the book or on the piece itself   
EineKrone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Used your brushes here:…

Thank you! :)
ananiasmil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  New member
how can i download this?
ink099 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist
Hey, can I use these for a map I making? I created a map with Donjon; Fantasy World Generator I your brushes would look really great.
I'm not using the map for anything in particular; I just wanted to try my hand at making one. I want to upload it onto Deviant when I'm done, and I'll make sure I have a link for your brushes if you give me permission to use them.
Almajis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Thanks, these are just what I needed for my fantasy roleplaying. 
hephaesteon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey StarRaven! I love this set - I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it and used it for my little city map for a modern fantasy roleplay I participate in. Map is here:…

Thank you so much for sharing your brushes with us!
lukasn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Amazing resource, I might use them in a map I am making atm.
AiijuinGraphics Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have used your brush stock here, with link back to you:…

Ilargizuri Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hallo, cool Brush I used it here
mkbonde Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  New member
Hey, these look wonderful! I would like to use them to make a map for the game that I am working on (and we are about to release), your name will of course be in the credits in that case. Is that okay?
Thanks for contribution in any case :)
Matts374 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2015  New member
Just what I have been looking for thanks! :D
DemonDarakna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student
Hey, these are perfect for my needs, but I do have a question or a need of a hint if you can provide one.

While using these (and many others) in PS, I come across a problem. I usually make maps with large mountain chains, however, when I overlay these brushes (example: one mountain chain over the other), the white space, which is of course non-existent in these kind of brushes gets overlayed and see-through. Does anyone have any hints how to overcome that without having a go and filling all the nooks with white by "hand"?
ofcourseimanorange Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  New member
Thank you for making these!
JeiFaeKlubs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
This is beautiful! Thanks so much for this.
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Made a map with some of your brushes: When I get bored I draw maps by ParallelPenguins
Doneldar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Found them really useful. Thanks :) Using them for my fantasy novel if you give me the permission to do so. Left you a private note.

Thanks again and keep it up!!
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Thank you!
SongsOfInfinity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are beautiful! I can't draw icons like these to save my life, thank you for providing them!
MikanYukihara Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Chiletrek Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
 This looks very useful! specially for fantasy-style maps. awesome :) .
daperdepa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
A beautiful and useful resource. I have used it a couple of times to create D&D maps you can see here:
z3rglingboss Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Ran by this set of cartography brushes while looking for tools to make maps for DnD.

Thanks for making this and putting it out there. You do good work
JoshuaAuthor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Hi Star Raven, I am writing a 600 page-long book, an was wondering whether I have your permission to use these for the map!
I will, of course credit you at the end of the book, but please tell me your real name then.
Please send me an email at for further stuff about me using your brushes
cristianschulz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic job.
KRISP-TODAY Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I used these brushes for a map:…
Thank you for putting these out there! Stellar work. 
colonoscarpeay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
These are gorgeous!
dark-a-crystal Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
i love u
envyadv Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
awesome! haven't used them yet but I'm thinking of a project... ;)
Srednieveka Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2014
Thank you!
Eragon2589 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Used your brushes here! =)…
lucianoc3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work! where can i download that brushes?
Hellfreeze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning brush set. Currently uploading a map I made using these EXTENSIVELY. Will link back to this, more need to see!
sagginj Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Beautiful work. I used them for this WIP map:

Goblinhead Bay by sagginj

Thanks for your work!
Anita-Break Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Thank you for sharing these!!
randal2k Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Hi, I am working on a role playing game, and wish to use your brushes to create some art for inside the PDF manual, may I do so?
Yes, I will be selling it, as a "pay what you want".  :)
let me know, thanks!
Nefiron Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
I love them!
sukkiGoh Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
woah ! so cool !!
Mattsosm Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Hey mate, I used your brushes for a few maps I'm using for a book I wrote, hoping it'd be okay for me to use them :)
Vanyanie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best cartography brushes ever! Thank you sooooo much :hug:
Used here ->
apocalipsis666 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
nice set, it could be really useful for imaginary worlds; are there any lake or river?
ShaunHorrocks Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
HI. Looking to use your great brushes to put a map(with acknowledgements to you)  in the front of a self-publish fantasy novel. Borderline commercial - not expecting to make money! Is this ok?
Is this the right way to contact you?
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