NOTE: Thank you everybody! I am getting a TON of messages about this posting, so please be patient. I might not be able to reply back to each and every person.
With that said, it helps a lot if you include samples of maps that you have done, that way I can see what type of style / skill you have with maps. Thanks again!!
Hello! I am in the preliminary stages of writing a fantasy novel and I am in need of a fantasy map to go with it.
This is a PAID commission (see below).
I am looking for something that depicts a large chunk of a continent or something and not necessarily an entire world map (think a land-mass the size of a few states or part of Europe).
I have no basic sketch or outline for the world, so I'm really just looking for an artist who can provide an interesting map with all sorts of forests, mountains, swamps, wastelands, rivers, ocean, etc.
I would NOT want any names / labels on the map. I will go in later and add city names, forest names, etc. on my own. I can even add dots / symbols for cities.
I would be buying full copyrights to the map. That would mean I own sole publishing rights to it and you could not re-use or re-sell it, although you would retain the rights to use it in your portfolio. A contract will be provided.
If you are interested, please let me know! Any samples would have of previous maps would be helpful. Also, if you have any maps already created that you have not sold or used for anything, I'd be happy to take a look and possibly buy one of those (provided I could get a layered file where I could remove any names or tags already on it).
I have used Deviant Art to commission cover art in the past and it has always been a great experience. This, however, is the first map I've ever looked to commission. Therefore, I am not too familiar with the going rate for such work. If you have samples, please let me know an estimate of what your going rate is.
I will say that I can pay between $200 - $600 (US), but can not go over that.
I typically pay via PayPal immediately upon completion of the work. I might pay 25% - 40% down but only with prior references from others who have commissioned you before.