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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 )
correcaminos74 Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
Kyubikokage Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016   Artist
Will I be able to use this in Clip Studio/Manga Studio?
Heart-of-the-Sun Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
These are gorgeous! Were they hand drawn, or did you create them in Photoshop? I would love a tutorial either way!
strawberrycomics Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
These brushes would be excellent for a few maps I'd like to make for my comic, Cannibunny + Dokibear. May I use them for it?
iCheddar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are the best. I love you thank you so much for making these *3*
RadicalEdward84 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Thank you. I have no idea if I'm ever going to need to draw a map, but if I do one, I will probably make treasure of your work.
timothytsang Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  New Deviant
nice oriental structures.
Artisticat86 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
If anyone can get a hold of this creator for me, that would be great. I messaged them because I plan on publishing next year. I made the maps before I had planned on self-publishing and I'd rather keep them the way they are. lol I've uploaded one of them here:…

Thanks! ^_^
daniwhetstone Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  New Deviant
Can I use these beautiful brushes for a map in a book? Thank you!
Wolfantom Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Nicely adaptable. Quite enjoyed using the multiple angled mountain ranges.

Used them here…
WswViceVersa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  New Deviant
Can I use these brushes for commercial purpose?
Marilia-Barbosa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Hi! May I use your brushes for a map in an e-book I'm creating? I'll post the map in my account and link to your brushes, too! :D 
Thentaris Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  New Deviant
Thank you for the brushes, so far I have only used the mountains.  I am learning to use Gimp for map making and am now about 40% complete for what I have planned on my first map.  Map can be found here…  if you would like to see it.  This map is being made purely for my own educational purposes.  Any suggestions or advice are always appreciated.  Thank you again!
EdgarRickets Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  New Deviant
This has helped me greatly over the years. Would you allow me to use them for commercial prints? Nothing super serious, but I was thinking of doing commissions for side money. Would that be ok?
Vaarian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! You are a wonderful person for giving these out so freely. My D&D campaigns map is going to look absolutely awesome using these! Thanks so much, I'll post a link when I'm done :D
Zylo101 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Zylo101 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
love it. wish for a little more versatility but that's just me complaining really its great. will link to maps once uploaded.
TheArcaneTrickster Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Thanks a ton, I am using thesde to create the Map of the Fantasy Setting I am playing in with my P&P Group.
Dymdez2 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
Star, are you active any more?! :( Oh no! I sent you a note!
maryland-virginia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
wow so cool! I will do one like this and I will show it also here hehehe .. Just super like it.
WaferArt01 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I like this brushes for my map, Thank you!! You are awesome :D
TripletConcept Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this brushes was very usefull for my map!

I hope you would like it:…
NerdyDalek Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Hello! I think that this is amazing! I would like to ask for permission to use this brush kit for a video game I am creating! Thank you and have a wonderful day!
toziren Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work, I will post a link once I completed the work which I have made with your custom brushes
tongueboy1027 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Needs palm trees. :)
AsheArmstrong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Writer
I would like to ask for permission to use these for commercial work. The image isn't live yet, but I've used the mountain brushes in a map for my book series. I'm hoping to sell map prints outside of dA.
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
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
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  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.
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