Deven Rue is creating fantasy maps & immersive props
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Deven Rue Cartography

You might have seen my work on Critical Role, The Triangle Table, Nerdolopedia and more.  I make fantasy maps...highly detailed fantasy maps.  I spend the majority of my time creating maps or the art associated with them like borders, compasses, sea monsters, vessels, etc.  I'm sort of obsessed but you'll find that out soon enough if you haven't done so already.  But let's get to the meat of this Patreon thingy, shall we?

SUPPORTING MY PATREON AND OUR COMMUNITY

I'm not just making maps and you're not just supporting an artist.  You're also helping support and grow the RPG community.  Every pledge goes towards helping me continue to create art on a full time basis.  Because my art is already paid for by patrons, I post the black & white versions of my art on my website as downloads available to everyone for free.  Only the colored versions are available to patrons as downloads. This makes maps, tavern signs & stock art more available and more affordable for the community in general.  It's much easier to have 100 people pay $1 to help me create art than it is to ask one person to pay the full $100.  It also means that 100 help hundreds of people enjoy that art instead of 1 person getting it only for themselves.  This spreading the cost of art over the community not only means more people get to enjoy it, but it also means that I'm not working for less than minimum wage...er...or at least that's the goal.

Each map I make takes 2-6 weeks depending on the level of detail.

Let that sink in a moment. That means if you were to commission me directly to make a map, you would be paying me 2-6 weeks of a salary. That's a LOT of money!  But then... my maps have a LOT of detail and are time consuming to make.  So instead, we're all helping each other not only get our own worlds commissioned but maps for those who haven't created their own or are inspired to use one I've already made!  We're encouraging more DMs to pick up a game and inspiring them with our worlds. 

But no, I don't mass produce art. You'll see a new piece from me at least once a month *maybe* twice a month if we're lucky but generally it's slow going.  But the great thing is, we're slowly amassing a library of maps that everyone can use.  If you're here expecting to see a ton of maps being made, I'm sad to say you'll be disappointed.

WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU PLEDGE!

When you pledge to my Patreon, you're getting access to my entire body of work thus far!  Every map and every illustration, available for download.  Use them to create props, fan art, maps, spruce up your website, create streaming overlays, etc.  

You also get discounts to shops like Tabletop Loot and Cantrip Candles as well as my own website!

Want to make your own maps?

I've got cartography classes available!  Pledge to the right, find the main links below!  Done!  The course covers a wide variety of subjects regarding earth sciences, landscapes, drawing on paper, coloring with Copic markers, resources, digital map creating, and MUCH more! Read articles and watch videos at your leisure or join our ongoing cartography discussion on Discord.

Questions:



Tiers
The Tourist
$1 or more per month

You've picked up a quick tour guide map to the RueStars!


Access to my patron-only Discord: You can meet other supporters of my art, talk with me one-on-one, get to really know me, and join in on voice chats!


Greetings & gifts: I love sending cards and will send you one for your birthday if you share it with me, as well as a little something as a gift!  As a way to share in the joy of the RPG community, help other artists & small businesses, I plan on purchasing small items to send with cards for your birthday. You get a card & a small gift PLUS possibly a new favorite shop or artist AND they get their Kickstarter funded or items purchased from their shop.  It's a win-win situation!


I'll also send you holiday greetings in December just to say thanks you!


You also get exclusive discounts to:

  • My Website: RueInk.com
  • Tabletop Loot
  • Cantrip Candles
  • All Rolled Up
  • The Rook & The Raven
  • and more coming soon!
Includes Discord rewards
The Treasure Hunter
$2 or more per month

You're an adventurer seeking treasure and I have just the map for you!


All the benefits of the previous reward level plus...


Access to all my colored illustrations!  Scroll through numerous illustrations of weapons, tavern signs, creatures, borders, banners, scrolls and more that you can use on your website, PDFs, and more!


Patrons also get notified when new products go live before the general public! So if you're trying to get your hands on one of my leather maps that keep getting sold out, you'll find out before the general public does!


Get hi-res images of my Cartography Photography to use as desktop wall paper, phone backgrounds, or to print and frame in your own home! (Not for resale or distribution commercially or otherwise.)

Includes Discord rewards
The Scout
$3 or more per month

You've been hired by your party to scout ahead and report back your findings.


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


B&W versions of my maps with no labels!  Add your own town names to fit your campaign!


Tavern signs without labels! Add your own tavern names to my designs.

 

Time-lapse videos: Watch time-lapse videos of my maps being created as well as other projects we create in our studio. 


Immortalize yourself or your favorite character: As I am building the world of Kor'Treum, I'm adding a legion of NPCs, rumors, encounters, hooks, businesses, & so much more!  You can be a part of that world or have your favorite characters immortalized forever there. Just send me your character sheets and I'll add you as an NPC on Kor'Treum's World Anvil page! 

Includes Discord rewards
The Navigator
$5 or more per month

With your trusty compass in hand, you're leading your party to treasure, fame, honor, and glory!  


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


Colored maps (with & without text as well as any with parchment backgrounds).  Download my colored maps to use in your own campaign, add your own town names, or even print them up as player handouts!


Hand-lettered fonts to use with your own creates or to relabel any of my maps you download without labels.


Even greater discount to my website!

Includes Discord rewards
The Surveyor
$6 or more per month

You're doing the mapping now!


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus


Cartography class & tutorials!  Learn the basics of map making for world building as well as creating something to help form your world better.  Topics include things like understanding scale, different biomes, coming up with names & more.  These classes are made up of videos & articles that you can explore at your leisure. 


World building livestreams, videos & articles!

Includes Discord rewards
The Master Explorer
$10 or more per month
Braving the wilds with only your compass, a knife, 2 toothpicks, and a keen sense of direction.


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


Creator Access:  Want to use my art for your products?  Get commercial access to all my maps & illustrations (unless specifically stated for non-commercial use) at this level!  


Commerical use: You can use any of my maps & illustrations (unless specifically marked "not for commercial use" or "non-commercial use") for your own handmade products, crafts, books, guides, streaming needs, campaigns, websites, etc.


  • You cannot use them for resale or distribution in any manner as downloads (individually or otherwise), free products, giveaways, contests, or on Print-On-Demand products or websites (such as RedBubble, Society6, etc.).


  • You cannot recreate maps on leather, poster, prints, wood, or any other material to sell specifically as maps or separate products. Please use common sense that you cannot take my art, reproduce it as is and attempt to sell it on your own products.  This includes laser cutting/engraving designs into material.


  • For a full description of commercial use, please see my FAQ post (linked at the bottom of my profile) that is updated on a regular basis.


Attribution is required wherever my artwork is displayed. Commercial use ends when your patronage ends & all products must be removed from any websites or shops.

Includes Discord rewards
Backers
$25 or more per month

This tier is for those looking to help fund future projects.  I have a long list of things I want to do but they require an initial purchase of either equipment, services, or materials.  So instead of doing a Kickstarter, I'm offering this tier & pre-orders to help raise funds for projects.


As a Backer, I will send you 1 of every product I post for pre-order while you're a patron at this level!  Every time I post a product on my website with as a pre-order, you'll receive a code to get 100% off the item (excluding shipping)!  This is regardless of how long you've been a Backer and works even if you stop being a Backer before the items are shipped!


If you become a Backer within 2 weeks of a pre-order being listed, you'll get 50% off the item!


PLUS all the benefits from the above tiers!  That means that if I post a pre-order on my website for the leather D20 dice pouches while you're a patron at this level, you'll receive it free!


Projects I'm hoping to do once funding goals have been reached:

  • Hand sculpted 3D map icons to use on printed/master maps such as castles, ships, battle markers, etc.
  • Purchase wholesale navigational tools for the master maps & as sets.
  • Roll-up leather dice trays with my artwork on them
  • Cartography dice - roll the dice to help you decide how your map will look
  • Wooden stickers! (Yes, wood! I've seen them and they are amazing!)
  • Wooden pins (like enamel pins...but with wood)
  • Acrylic Tavern Signs - LED lit tavern signs made from clear acrylic etched with my designs
  • Wooden Tavern Signs - we're talking 3D signs with layers, colors, chains to hang them, the works!
  • SO MUCH MORE!  You get the idea!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
93% complete
This amazing goal will allow for Bre to come work with me full time to not only add to my creations but bring her own amazing creations to our shop and Patreon!
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Deven Rue Cartography

You might have seen my work on Critical Role, The Triangle Table, Nerdolopedia and more.  I make fantasy maps...highly detailed fantasy maps.  I spend the majority of my time creating maps or the art associated with them like borders, compasses, sea monsters, vessels, etc.  I'm sort of obsessed but you'll find that out soon enough if you haven't done so already.  But let's get to the meat of this Patreon thingy, shall we?

SUPPORTING MY PATREON AND OUR COMMUNITY

I'm not just making maps and you're not just supporting an artist.  You're also helping support and grow the RPG community.  Every pledge goes towards helping me continue to create art on a full time basis.  Because my art is already paid for by patrons, I post the black & white versions of my art on my website as downloads available to everyone for free.  Only the colored versions are available to patrons as downloads. This makes maps, tavern signs & stock art more available and more affordable for the community in general.  It's much easier to have 100 people pay $1 to help me create art than it is to ask one person to pay the full $100.  It also means that 100 help hundreds of people enjoy that art instead of 1 person getting it only for themselves.  This spreading the cost of art over the community not only means more people get to enjoy it, but it also means that I'm not working for less than minimum wage...er...or at least that's the goal.

Each map I make takes 2-6 weeks depending on the level of detail.

Let that sink in a moment. That means if you were to commission me directly to make a map, you would be paying me 2-6 weeks of a salary. That's a LOT of money!  But then... my maps have a LOT of detail and are time consuming to make.  So instead, we're all helping each other not only get our own worlds commissioned but maps for those who haven't created their own or are inspired to use one I've already made!  We're encouraging more DMs to pick up a game and inspiring them with our worlds. 

But no, I don't mass produce art. You'll see a new piece from me at least once a month *maybe* twice a month if we're lucky but generally it's slow going.  But the great thing is, we're slowly amassing a library of maps that everyone can use.  If you're here expecting to see a ton of maps being made, I'm sad to say you'll be disappointed.

WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU PLEDGE!

When you pledge to my Patreon, you're getting access to my entire body of work thus far!  Every map and every illustration, available for download.  Use them to create props, fan art, maps, spruce up your website, create streaming overlays, etc.  

You also get discounts to shops like Tabletop Loot and Cantrip Candles as well as my own website!

Want to make your own maps?

I've got cartography classes available!  Pledge to the right, find the main links below!  Done!  The course covers a wide variety of subjects regarding earth sciences, landscapes, drawing on paper, coloring with Copic markers, resources, digital map creating, and MUCH more! Read articles and watch videos at your leisure or join our ongoing cartography discussion on Discord.

Questions:



Recent posts by Deven Rue

Tiers
The Tourist
$1 or more per month

You've picked up a quick tour guide map to the RueStars!


Access to my patron-only Discord: You can meet other supporters of my art, talk with me one-on-one, get to really know me, and join in on voice chats!


Greetings & gifts: I love sending cards and will send you one for your birthday if you share it with me, as well as a little something as a gift!  As a way to share in the joy of the RPG community, help other artists & small businesses, I plan on purchasing small items to send with cards for your birthday. You get a card & a small gift PLUS possibly a new favorite shop or artist AND they get their Kickstarter funded or items purchased from their shop.  It's a win-win situation!


I'll also send you holiday greetings in December just to say thanks you!


You also get exclusive discounts to:

  • My Website: RueInk.com
  • Tabletop Loot
  • Cantrip Candles
  • All Rolled Up
  • The Rook & The Raven
  • and more coming soon!
Includes Discord rewards
The Treasure Hunter
$2 or more per month

You're an adventurer seeking treasure and I have just the map for you!


All the benefits of the previous reward level plus...


Access to all my colored illustrations!  Scroll through numerous illustrations of weapons, tavern signs, creatures, borders, banners, scrolls and more that you can use on your website, PDFs, and more!


Patrons also get notified when new products go live before the general public! So if you're trying to get your hands on one of my leather maps that keep getting sold out, you'll find out before the general public does!


Get hi-res images of my Cartography Photography to use as desktop wall paper, phone backgrounds, or to print and frame in your own home! (Not for resale or distribution commercially or otherwise.)

Includes Discord rewards
The Scout
$3 or more per month

You've been hired by your party to scout ahead and report back your findings.


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


B&W versions of my maps with no labels!  Add your own town names to fit your campaign!


Tavern signs without labels! Add your own tavern names to my designs.

 

Time-lapse videos: Watch time-lapse videos of my maps being created as well as other projects we create in our studio. 


Immortalize yourself or your favorite character: As I am building the world of Kor'Treum, I'm adding a legion of NPCs, rumors, encounters, hooks, businesses, & so much more!  You can be a part of that world or have your favorite characters immortalized forever there. Just send me your character sheets and I'll add you as an NPC on Kor'Treum's World Anvil page! 

Includes Discord rewards
The Navigator
$5 or more per month

With your trusty compass in hand, you're leading your party to treasure, fame, honor, and glory!  


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


Colored maps (with & without text as well as any with parchment backgrounds).  Download my colored maps to use in your own campaign, add your own town names, or even print them up as player handouts!


Hand-lettered fonts to use with your own creates or to relabel any of my maps you download without labels.


Even greater discount to my website!

Includes Discord rewards
The Surveyor
$6 or more per month

You're doing the mapping now!


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus


Cartography class & tutorials!  Learn the basics of map making for world building as well as creating something to help form your world better.  Topics include things like understanding scale, different biomes, coming up with names & more.  These classes are made up of videos & articles that you can explore at your leisure. 


World building livestreams, videos & articles!

Includes Discord rewards
The Master Explorer
$10 or more per month
Braving the wilds with only your compass, a knife, 2 toothpicks, and a keen sense of direction.


All the benefits of the previous reward levels plus...


Creator Access:  Want to use my art for your products?  Get commercial access to all my maps & illustrations (unless specifically stated for non-commercial use) at this level!  


Commerical use: You can use any of my maps & illustrations (unless specifically marked "not for commercial use" or "non-commercial use") for your own handmade products, crafts, books, guides, streaming needs, campaigns, websites, etc.


  • You cannot use them for resale or distribution in any manner as downloads (individually or otherwise), free products, giveaways, contests, or on Print-On-Demand products or websites (such as RedBubble, Society6, etc.).


  • You cannot recreate maps on leather, poster, prints, wood, or any other material to sell specifically as maps or separate products. Please use common sense that you cannot take my art, reproduce it as is and attempt to sell it on your own products.  This includes laser cutting/engraving designs into material.


  • For a full description of commercial use, please see my FAQ post (linked at the bottom of my profile) that is updated on a regular basis.


Attribution is required wherever my artwork is displayed. Commercial use ends when your patronage ends & all products must be removed from any websites or shops.

Includes Discord rewards
Backers
$25 or more per month

This tier is for those looking to help fund future projects.  I have a long list of things I want to do but they require an initial purchase of either equipment, services, or materials.  So instead of doing a Kickstarter, I'm offering this tier & pre-orders to help raise funds for projects.


As a Backer, I will send you 1 of every product I post for pre-order while you're a patron at this level!  Every time I post a product on my website with as a pre-order, you'll receive a code to get 100% off the item (excluding shipping)!  This is regardless of how long you've been a Backer and works even if you stop being a Backer before the items are shipped!


If you become a Backer within 2 weeks of a pre-order being listed, you'll get 50% off the item!


PLUS all the benefits from the above tiers!  That means that if I post a pre-order on my website for the leather D20 dice pouches while you're a patron at this level, you'll receive it free!


Projects I'm hoping to do once funding goals have been reached:

  • Hand sculpted 3D map icons to use on printed/master maps such as castles, ships, battle markers, etc.
  • Purchase wholesale navigational tools for the master maps & as sets.
  • Roll-up leather dice trays with my artwork on them
  • Cartography dice - roll the dice to help you decide how your map will look
  • Wooden stickers! (Yes, wood! I've seen them and they are amazing!)
  • Wooden pins (like enamel pins...but with wood)
  • Acrylic Tavern Signs - LED lit tavern signs made from clear acrylic etched with my designs
  • Wooden Tavern Signs - we're talking 3D signs with layers, colors, chains to hang them, the works!
  • SO MUCH MORE!  You get the idea!
Includes Discord rewards