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John Stevenson
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United States
Freelance Illustration and Cartography at

I am a freelance illustrator and designer with a passion for maps and architecture, objects and scenes. I also have experience and enjoy creating icons, logos, and custom lettering.

I love envisioning terrains and locations, buildings and vegetation; all of the little details that create that ineffable sense of place, the things that make it real for the viewer. I am all about imagining better worlds.

If you're interested in working together, feel free to email me at and let me know more about the project you would like to work on. My work can be seen at these links....
Cartographers Guild
Red Bubble shop
Update - We've had a few more people join the Guildworld project. We've also had some people begin to add some city maps to their countries. I decided to do that as well. Here's the city of Poh - done as a detailed black and white map. Need more BW maps in my portfolio. Will have more coming soon.
The City of Poh by SirInkman
Update - So this was my entry to the Guildworld project. We have 50+ people in this thing. Loads of great maps made and more on the way.
Guild World - Nahadua by SirInkman

So today is the official 10 year birthday of the Cartographers Guild.
So I made a cake. The big community challenge mapping project is moving along and we have loads of great maps being made.
Some are quite unique, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, which is what it's all about.
Guild 10 Years by SirInkman

So to update on this - we have started a Guildworld mapping challenge which is really active and growing.
48 entrants so far - so 48 country maps in progress - and there are some really cool maps being made.
Once everyone is done, we'll be doing a large composite of all the maps which should be pretty cool.
If anyone wants to get in on that, just follow the link -…
I update this stuff on the Guild FB account, if you're interested in that -…

I map a lot and cartography work has been really picking up over the last year or so.
If you're into maps, then you've likely already found the Cartographers Guild -…
I've been a member there for a number of years, and I've been a mod there for some months now.
I do PR stuff on FB and write interviews and articles and such.

I just found out today that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the Guild. [EDIT - I have to make a correction - the anniversary is April 20th. I was a bit misinformed and jumped the gun a bit. Still, it's close. ;) ]
We're coming up with some special things to do to celebrate the event.
I'll post an update once we have it all set up, but in the mean while I wanted to post some of the work done by members of the Guild here on DA.

If you love maps, you'll love these. In no particular order. Cheers, John
Diyun by MikeSchley  Val Modrum village map by Brian-van-Hunsel  Canada in Black and White by Hai-Etlik City of Yphyrion by MaximePLASSE Cassedega Colour by torstan  Kamantou - City Map by Djekspek  Limpet City - Steammancer's Folly Part One by Ramah-Palmer  Award Winner: Cloister Island by XianPryde La vieille Tour by Sapiento The Tartaros Basin, a map of hell by LingonBVagabond RPG Map WIP by SchwarzKreuz  The Realm of Callis by chashio  Bridge District by Fred73fr Merridia 2.0 by Luned Maffaton City by DaelinDHome Town Map by jugabyte  World Map by RecklessEnthusiasm  Orden und Buendnisse - Herzburg Rhodenstein by SteffenBrand Map of Azena, Capital City of Al Senia by justMANGO The Island of: Nystul's Infinite Dungeon (Color) by AlyssaFadenDeep Purple Dungeon by Lukc  Redthorn by Jaxilon  Commission: the Free Territories 2015 by Traditionalmaps Dryads' Lair fantasy city map by Meshon The Northern Continent -- Commission by stratomunchkinThe Forlorn Coast by Mappa-Mundi  The Lost Bastille by Ashlerb  Sheinar, Soulshard by a2area City of Cuachan by butterfrog Irenar Trade Map by eViLe-eAgLeThe Kingdoms of Albion and Nivirem by Goombac  Shannara by Troedel  Hidroth Lea by arsheesh Rissfurth bei Zweimuehlen by thomads3890 a Map of Venthir and Tzallrach  -  final by vorropohaiahYar-Zun by TomDigitalGraphics  Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem by zalezsky  Wilthorm - a Fantasy City by Khorghil Soviet Finland 1967 (Alternative Cold War) by Kuusinen  [WiP] Das Emperyale Lvramion und umliegende Lander by MetzgerWilli  Chart of  Central Orbani by ElsaKroese  The Continent of Tellure, Political Boundaries by nvexio Transscripted native language map of Athil'oria by Feivelyn 'Mariechensburg am Lynn' Map by FrancescaBaerald

There might be a few non Guild mappers in there, no worries. If I missed you - apologies.
So many great maps. Lastly I'll through in one of my own. Happy Birthday Guild :iconsmile--plz:
Lands of Qaliste [stage1] by sirinkman by SirInkman
UPDATE - Age of Ash is now out at Amazon.
I did the cover and some interior art work while working with the author Andre Sergoyan. Go check it out. :)…
Perithia cover - front and back [official] by SirInkman  Perithia - Age of Ash Chapter images by SirInkman  Perithia - Age of Ash pages by SirInkman  Perithia sword concept by SirInkman  Perithia sword concepts 02 by SirInkman Perithia cover - front and back [alternate] by SirInkman

Some people have asked about getting prints of some of the maps I've done. I hadn't had them available as I wasn't aware there was interest in that. But since I've been made aware of it I did put some up on Red Bubble -…

I went with RB instead of DA because of some of the financial policies. So sorry if that is an inconvenience. Gotta do what ya gotta do though. Anyways, on to some featured stuff.
I've been quite busy with work lately so I haven't had as much time to browse for cool new work here on DA. But I think I've still got enough cool new pieces to highlight here. Enjoy these precious bits of visual tastiness. Cheers. :D

Detailed Map of Khaz Modan and Azeroth by Kuusinen Ithrieni Architecture Diagram by gingertom84 The Forlorn Coast by Mappa-Mundi The Northern Continent -- Commission by stratomunchkin Crysalian Empire - Remake by Sapiento Chamber Map by 7evenish Aventurien Ingame by SteffenBrand Cathedral Builders - Cutaway by hesir 1428 by LeValeur Neb's crib by ElsaKroese Creepy people by keunchul-jang - Ace of Spades - by Losenko
the hunt finished by travisJhanson
lunar dragon by sheer-madness  The Song of White Whales by yanadhyana  S2 by AncaCernoschi Walker through the mist by Mirchaz The Woman Who Sneezed Ghosts by AugustinasRaginskis Night of Museums 2015 by elenasamko Second of diamonds playing card by Lestrim Red Skull Cosplay Fem.Version by elenasamko
Faces by AugustinasRaginskis  Spectacled Caiman by Silverfox5213  Lamhanhe Coat of Arms by windfalcon Fat guy with snake by keunchul-jang Male and Female bust's by MarkNewman MTG Apocalypse-Hydra by JasonChanArt
Tribal Dancers by ShakilovNeel
Commander Shepard by BlueBlackDiamond Broken But Not Dead by DYuki Malthael The reaper of Soul from Diablo III by SakuraFlamme  -S v e t l a n a- by free0ne Final Fantasy XIV - Livia Sas Junius by vaxzone Wind by elenasamko Three Wise Talkers by inner-regions Beelzebufo Dossier by JPLover764 Tesla's Death Ray by Keithwormwood We have lift off! by ColinHuttonPhoto Jumping Spider - Habronattus elegans by ColinHuttonPhoto Beetle (TBA) by AlHabshi Shiny green by Dark-Raptor
Ground Beetle by AlHabshi

Go forth and fave and comment on these works.

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QuakerII Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2017  Student General Artist
Your maps and streets are amazing,
your style surpasses over yonder.
But with this huge imaginative collection,
what inspired you to, I ponder?

Great, now you've gone and made me use poetry to ask a question.
SirInkman Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Professional
Hehe, nice. And thank you :)
Poetry is a fine thing, so no worries.
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for following my artwork on here. I appreciate your support very much. :heart:   
SirInkman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional
My pleasure Laura :)
You have a wonderful style.
Really nice line weight and whimsical fun curved lines.
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Hey 'sup! Thank you for Favouriting, wanna come and ask the Djinn a question?
Cheers bud
Strooitje Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love to read SF and fantasy, i find it fascinating how those worlds come to live by maps and illustrations.
Great gallery!
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
Thank you Joeri :)
Strooitje Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
Strooitje Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your :+fav: on 'Africa', John

We face neither East nor West, we face forward.
Kwame Nkrumah (1st president of Ghana)
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
My pleasure Joeri :)
Danijel-Knez Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks john +fav 
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
My pleasure Danijel :)
It was a nice touch using coffee for color. :nod:
baldeagleart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank for the +fav :) (Smile) 
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
You're welcome PJ :)
deepgrounduk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
Hi, and thanks for faving British Library from the Pullman Hotel, much appreciated :D
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