Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

A Correspondent Dungeon

February 7, 2019

Here’s a quick and dirty test of concept map. Haven’t posted any new maps in quite a while, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making or thinking about them. Feels good to be doing this again.

I think the method used to create this map is fairly obvious; I think it probably needs more work to come up with a more practically useful result, but it works well enough as is to be worth sharing.

As usual, feel free to use for any non-commercial purpose, or contact me if you’d like to use this on a commercial project.


Trollbrucke – Foundations

March 30, 2016


This is mostly done now.  There are a few final touches that need to be added in, and the upper layers haven’t been drawn, yet.  But this gives a pretty good sense of where I’m headed with this project.

I thought the idea was pretty great, although mostly just a throwaway, initially.  But I’ve spent too much time fussing over it, and I think it’s lost some of the original energy.

There is already a section above this, which is well underway, with the surface and the actual bridge itself.  By implication, there could be a couple more sections, with the two ends of the bridge off to either side.  There are also at least two more implied underground sections, with the tunnel leading off to the right and the stairway leading even deeper.  Those may remain unknown, though.  Too many things I don’t like in this, although it was fun to try.

More Hand Drafted Patterns

February 23, 2016

This is not as extensive as the geologic one, but is certainly another nice set of hand drafted patterns.  This is also the kind of thing that I loved in drawings I found in books; materials keys that explained a building section or a diagram.  And this is also part of the inspiration for the kinds of maps and dungeons I’m drawing now.


The website where I found this has both a smaller- and a larger-size version of this image.  {NOTE: The site is a part of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, and they claim a copyright on this material, though they do have an educational use permission (ClipArt ETC Free Classroom License).

I think my use here qualifies (though maybe only marginally) as educational, since I’m trying to show you all this style of drawing materials.  If this post gets taken down in the future, though, that’ll most likely be the source of the problem.}  There are a lot of other clip art pieces in their collection, which might be inspirational to you, as well.  And I’d be certain to avoid using anything you find there commercially, even if I am dubious about the solidity of their copyright claim on works over 100 years old.

Table of Patterns for Rock

December 15, 2015

Here’s one of the kinds of things I loved coming across in books when I was a kid.  This is probably a part of why I love drawing dungeons like I do, and that’s why I’m sharing it here.


I think this is a great resource.  The full size plate is a thing of beauty.  This came from the Gutenberg project, so it is a work in the public domain, and I’m happy to see it shared widely.

Already, this has figured into a couple of the maps I’ve posted (whether to good effect or not is a separate question), and I hope to do more from this chart (maybe eventually at least one of each, but there are no promises about that).

For reference, the kind of hatch that I do most often (and that Dyson Logos popularized) is #58, “Massive igneous rock,” but there are clearly other choices available, if you’re open to mixing it up a bit.