Custom Map Commission Price List

Commission a Custom Map!

I take commissions for custom maps and cartography. Find out more on this page about how you can get a custom map commission too!

The City of Emperean Souls steampunk city with train track airships docks and illustrative cities plus farms below Floating Steam City for game master
Example of an $800 isometric city commission.

What does it Cost?

That varies wildly! The ballpark I work in is $150 to as high as $3500 for some high end professional publishing. If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the 3 digit side.

What Rights Do I Get if I Commission You?

My standard is that you get commercial reproduction rights for your project and I retain the right to use my commissioned art to promote myself. Rights are transferred when the commission is complete and you have paid for it in full.

Maps for Professional Publishing Industry or Business

Contact me for a custom no commitment quote. Your needs are likely to be more diverse and intense than the roleplaying game crowd. You probably have a contract and a budget already in mind.

So you want to commission a custom map for your Dungeons and Dragons campaign and you want to know how much it’ll cost.

It’s hard to give a traditional menu, unlike some art forms which are very predictable in production time, maps vary a ton in the amount of time, based on the scope of the project. A couple of styles are very predictable in production time, but for the most part, I find cartography commissions quite unpredictable. Sometimes they’re fast, sometimes they’re slow and extensively detailed.

Content in my portfolio as of writing cost anywhere between $50-$1000+. Maps range in complexity. If this is for a commercially published project, contact me for a quote, please. Info is in the popup, the sidebar, and there’s a form in the footer.

However, I understand those wondering have smaller projects for self published or private roleplaying games and you might want an idea of what you’re in for, so I’ve made a rough menu of the low-high range for artwork. It is subject to change. Prices subject to negotiation based on density, turnaround time, etc. The amount of custom elements created for your map and how fast you want it will impact the price. I’m willing to negotiate based on your budgetary needs, especially if it’s non-commercial and you’re not in a hurry.

Commission Custom Maps for Roleplaying Games, talking to you, DMs / GMs / LMs / Narrators and Storytellers

  • Printer paper sized handout of regional map – $150-$400
  • Medium poster or any small city, period – $250-$850
  • Large poster printout or larger city –  $300-800
  • Huge detailed full color painting with a ton of rendered out details, very large print size, highly complex custom piece – $500-$800
  • Single location black and white or color “photobash” battlemap on a grid: $15-$75 per room–with some wiggle room for what’s considered a “room”. For example a prison cell block would be a room, not each cell. I created a hollowed out tree with four levels, each level was a “room”. If it’s a larger exterior layout, $50-$400.
  • A token – starts at $5 for something very easy, $20 for something like a monster.
Fantasy continent map
This is an example of a map in the $150 range.
Marshwood Blue Fantasy Map Watercolo and Ink style hand drawn mountains inked Tolkien style cartography for novel TTRPG tabletop Dungeons and Dragons 5e adventure
This is an example of a $225 map.

Commission a Custom Map for Novels. Talking to you, Indie Authors!

Map of Noros Gatewatch series by J. M. Gillingham
This is a map of a mountainous land for The Everspring by Joshua Gillingham.

Independent authors, this is what you can expect to pay to commission a custom map to go into your fantasy or other map-needing novel:

  • 1 page for a novel, black and white – $150-$500
  • 2 page spread for a novel, black and white or parchment – $150-$800
    Contact me specifically for anything else, such as chapter flare, illustrations for in-story, and maps that require more than a 1 or 2 page spread (fairly unlikely, but it has happened! Usually maps for a novel can be condensed into one or two page spreads however, and you can expect your quote to fit into that ballpark. I have some room to negotiate of course.)
Ithuria The Red Knight book map giant robot island archipelego fantasy map commission for a novel sci-fi
This is an example of a 2 page spread of a custom illustration of islands made of robot parts for the book, The Red Knight by Wyatt Ewert.


Why is commissioning a larger map more expensive?

They take a lot longer to produce.

My rate for my work is $40 an hour, and while I will give you a quote that is a single digit based on the needs of your project, it will be based on how much time I estimate it to take. I do consider it reasonable to make a living wage from my work. I respect that not everyone has the budget for hundreds of dollars of map artwork, though!

The Continent of Gravos custom fantasy map painting
This is an example of an $800 poster painting!

Fee for Expediting Work

These fees are based on your place in the queue. If you require a fast turnaround it is possible to bump in line (I am a one person operation and I always have several commissions already on the go). This will increase the price based on how fast you require the work. Work done on “my time” can always be haggled cheaper, so let me know if you’re not in a hurry and my quote will reflect that time I’ll have to mull over the direction and doodle this and scribble that and be otherwise a fussy pain in the tush with my artistic integrity and whatever.

Fee for Editing

Some artists have an editing fee. I usually don’t.

All commissions for custom maps include a reasonable number of edits. I have found when it comes to emails there is a fairly expected number of back and forths. If you request edits at the appropriate time in the workflow, there is no additional fee as it is part of the construction of the artwork.

Requesting edits to work that has already been approved and will require pulling up the groundwork to change, will be charged on an hourly basis on top of the original quote, as this will alter my anticipated amount of time spent (which is fairly consistent I have found after doing this for many years!) Major changes are permitted but may incur an additional fee which will be explained immediately, and not sprung upon you at the time of the invoice.

Requesting edits to the work long after it has been approved is generally permissible, with a small one time fee of $20 for any small changes. Significant changes that would take hours of work will be discussed on a case-by-case basis as to the cost, though of course I am always happy to revise work. Mostly this has happened in the form of a client changing some place names, or an event occurring in one book, causing for example, a city to be replaced with a crater in the next book. Those sorts of minor changes to the map fit under the $20 post-approval revision fee. I reserve the right to request a larger change fee depending on the work.

Usage Rights and Reuse for Custom Map Commissions

A decreased fee to commission the custom map can be arranged if you want to give up commercial rights and just use it privately, allowing me to resell it in any way I see fit in the future. Basically, you sponsor the creation of something that could become stock or RPG Virtual Tabletop assets in the future. If this is not discussed explicitly at the time of commission it does not apply. If we do not talk about this you get the usual rights, use for any associated media around one project, and I retain my usual rights (In short: I don’t sell it, but I will use it to demonstrate my skill).

Commissioning art gets you the right to use the map in anything associated with the specific project you’re using it in, and I retain the right to display the art as part of my portfolio and demonstrate my skills. If you wish to use it for something other than the series you’ve initially attached the map to, I have a small reuse fee of $20.

This is generally unlikely to apply. You can put the same map into any successive books in a series, but there is a small fee for minor edits for changes in the timeframe. You can use the map to promote your book, give it away for free in a newsletter or social media page promoting that project. But say, 20 years down the road you decide to make an RPG module and use the map in there too, you would pay the reuse fee.

If you are a Game Master and you commission a map to use as a basis on which you run a game, yes, you have permission to use a map you commission from me in any future game you run. The fee does not apply to you, whether or not you are a for-pay DM. What it would apply to is if you decided 20 years down the road to write a novel and use the map as part of your novel. “You running a game” is the associated project.

I Commissioned You and Haven’t Heard Back Yet

You should email me something like, “Hey, send me an update on this project!” instead of reading my website. I usually answer within 24 hours.


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