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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 )
toddcannon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work! I'm going to use them for mapping my RPG game world! 
Haukii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  New Deviant
I would be interested to know what brush and brush settings did you use to draw these?
Cebadona Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
These brushes looks amazing! I will try and use them in the map for my Dungeon World campaign. Thanks for your work!
metricmodulation Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Any ideas as to why, after loading the brushes, appending them to the list of brushes, selecting them, having a new layer for them, selecting a color for them, I can't get the damn things to show up? CS6.
TheRedCrane Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.: World Road Map :. by TheRedCrane  thanks for the brushes!
ThedasScholar Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Anyone knows how can Starraven be contact besides deviantart?  
the-3l3phant Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
I used your amazing mountain brushes in my first map ( I tweaked them with Transform/Warp to get them to fit the landscape. They're fantastic!
tangi12 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  New Deviant
Hi! I would love to use these for a map I am creating if you are okay with that. It will be used in a novel. :)
Machati Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome brushes!
MissMayla Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Thank you for these wonderful brushes <3
Braegihn55 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dear Star Raven,

I am getting ready to publish a novel this month and needed a very nice map of it's world.  

Would you permit me to your your brush designs for my maps and images for the novel?  If so, please advise how you would like me to credit your work.  I also wish to promote your designs on social media.

C.C. Wilkinson
btrhoads Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
Thank you for sharing. :-)
ThePaintedBard Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I made a map for an upcoming D&D campaign.  Haven't filled it all in yet, but it's really helping me get the story going.
EchoBullet Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2016
Hello! May I use your brushes for the map in my fantasy novel? The map will be behind the cover. I just love these so much, they're really well done. And I would credit you in the Acknowledgements of the book.
MetzgerWilli Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From what I gathered, StarRaven aka Daphne Arcadius has not been active on DA for quite a while now (correct me if I'm wrong). However she changed her permissions for commercial use on her other brush set… to allow commercial use without notifying her.  Perhaps one could find her in another way. I would send her a PM, but go ahead with the project - and talk to her about it when she gets back to you.
ThedasScholar Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, she did. I also found this on the Cartographer's Guild. 

"EDIT 4/8/2014: IMPORTANT!
These brushes were initially released under a noncommercial license; they are now free for any use -- including commercial works -- with the sole condition that you give credit where credit is due when convenient. If you use these and post the art here or on a website like deviantART, just mention somewhere in your description where you got the brushes so that someone else can use them if they like them. That's all I ask! Thank you for all your support. <3

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License."
Stacialune Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Used here, that was awesome thanks!
Not for a commercial use :)…
MetzgerWilli Featured By Owner Edited Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your brushes for my map, thank you very much for making it so convenient for a noob to get into drawing maps :)…
mikemsrk Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, can I please use these brushes for a commercial indie game project that I'm working on? It will be used for the world map.
Please let me know, thank you!
julietaninno Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Is there a way I can have permission to use these brushes for a map in a book? It's more an experiment...
yuloveme537 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Is there a way I could have permission for using your brush set in a possible commercial project. I doubt it would turn a profit, and is more of an experiment, but I still would like to get your permission. 
thisboyistoast Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Did I just see these brushes used to create the map in the Shannara Chronicles show?
Royaleisia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Hi! May I use these brushes in the map I'm making for my fantasy novel? It will be published in the back of the book.
zooguido Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2016
Hi!! Awesome brushes!! I'm writing to ask if it would be okay for me to use these brushes to aide in creating my band's debut album art.

Cheers and thanks for your time,

Dave of Tidewalker
ZyrinH Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This brushes are very, very nice man.
U are one of the best!
damlovski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Hello. Can you tell me what those things in the two lines above "Sketchy Cartography Brushes" mean? They are pretty nice and I would like to know what they symbolise. 
FallenAvalon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll let you know as soon as I make something. Thanks for making these available :D
Borderwalker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Photographer
considdering using these, commenting to make note of this. Pretty neat stuff.
RexSvea Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
Thanks for letting me use your brushes. Here is the result!…
Phesant33 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks hey
MonkeyAngelou Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hey there! I used your brushes! They were mega helpful and it would mean a lot if you checked out what I did with your work!

Map Squad!
CassandraLove09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
very thankful for these! I was using a map making site and it is hard to edit there. photoshop is easier!
jmcnelis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Thank you for posting these!  I got the link to this page from….

I've never made a map in Photoshop before and I found that tutorial and he linked here.  So looking forward to creating loads of mountains and towns and stuff!!

I know you said we could use these without asking, but I do want to ask if I could use them to make my new maps!  I won't be making any money off these maps, just using them for my own local campaign.

Thanks again!!
Hyrule452 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's coool I can use it for ZELDA 2 looooool.
MarciiN Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice brushes! I love it :D…
OnyxXIII Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a godsend! I'm putting together a LARP campaign, and trying to make a simplistic map (that's easy to remember) look cool and realistic, so I scanned in a pen outline of coasts and rivers, thinking I'd have to cut and paste bits of other fantasy maps, only to stumble upon this beautiful set of brushes! I'm sure this will make my life as a fantasy writer, campaign author, and otherwise connoisseur of fantasy cartography so much easier! Many many thanks, StarRaven, and my compliments on beautiful artwork.
Despite your precluding this question, May I use your pack in many maps to come? With any luck, you'll stumble upon a novel and see your own work in the inside cover! (An unlikely prospect, if I'm a judge of my own writing)

Now to go see how this is going to work out in practice! On the off chance that I remember, I may come back and post a copy of the finished map.
OnyxXIII Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
(IF I end up selling one of the maps I use these in, either by commercializing my tiny LARPing group, or actually finishing a novel, I will let you know, and ask your permission to publish, once again)
ArzonCnaster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much. have a look…
fateofthevalkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
I have a group online I use for creative writing, this is acceptable? just want to make sure; it isn't for money, just for fun and i'd love to use these brushes
rconfiant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
I would like to use a map created with your brushes for my book. Do I have your permission?
LordFrost9 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Hello , I am new here and need some help.... I want to start making Maps for my home brew D&D games.
And I need to know if these Brushes will work in Photoshop Elements or Corel Paintshop Pro X6.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

onebattleman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
May I use theses for the a map I'm making for my book?
nikwriter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
I'm a fantasy author and I'm writing a web series where readers can sign up to play the role of characters.  Though I have many profit projects, this one is completely free!  I'll contact you if that changes at any time, as I've used your brushes for my map, which you can check out in the side bar at (click it to see the size!)  I'll feature and link to this from my credits page at that website.  Thanks for the great brushes!
19grassb Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Is this compatible with Photoshop CC? I keep trying to use it but it's giving me an error, does anyone have some advice?
Triffid1502 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
These are great brushes, and I would like to ask permission to use some of them on a map for a book I am seeking to publish. I would of course write an acknowledgement on the map page.
aCuriousM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure if I'll use these but wondering if I could use them in a design? Thanks =)
GCreation Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Amazing material 
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