I have been a world builder for as long as I can remember. I wrote stories as a kid, dreamt of creating monstrously huge video games alone as a teenager, and always, always drew. Nothing much came of it though, as none of these things quite clicked with me.

There is not much of a role-playing presence in my corner of Australia, but fate introduced me to the game during a trip to Canada in 2013. All of a sudden I had a way to bring these worlds to life with the skills I had, and overnight I became a fledgling game master and map artist.

Map Artist Gallery
An assortment of my maps after four years. Check out my Gallery here!

Discovering Role-Playing Games

As a nineteen-year-old backpacker, I had budget (and nutritionary sense) enough only for 2-Minute noodles, sausages, eggs, and carrots. So, when I discovered RPGs, I didn’t instantly invest in Dungeons & Dragons. There was the promise back then of “D&D Next” and one could wait. And, more importantly, I barely had money for food, and absolutely no backpack-space for books.

No, I would focus on learning Pathfinder first! I procured a book of grid paper and, using miscellaneous knick-knacks as tokens, ran little danger room encounters with myself. Sometimes I would employ my enthusiastic travel buddy as a player character. It was my first, humble effort as a map artist!

Even before flying home to Australia a group had been organized with old friends, some of whom took convincing but all of whom were game enough to give it a shot. I began the framework for my very first campaign during that road trip. A very, very loose framework consisting of a single town and its surroundings. The first game took place shortly after returning to Australia.

I’m more than a little ashamed to say it, but that game consisted of the party meeting in a tavern and being employed by the barkeep to clear his basement of rats. Yeah, as cliche as can be! Luckily, none of my players knew better.

Map Artist first map
My first serious map! (Download)

This campaign went for a few weeks but dissolved as schedules began to shift and conflict. Still, we had two players able to continue, and I persuaded my brother to also join in. Three would do the trick! But – finally realizing how stock-standard my setting was – I began from scratch.

The Lands of Wei

East-Asian mythology would be the inspiration for this new campaign setting. It would revolve around a spiderweb of allegiances between human clans, dragons, and mountain-dwelling oni. I didn’t know a thing about East Asia at the time, but it seemed an easy and interesting way to give the campaign a unique flavor!

Map Artist, Lands of Wei
The Lands of Wei (Download)

So, in early 2014, we began our first game in the Lands of Wei. I knew nothing of Legends of the Five Rings and other pre-written settings, so I chalked it all in myself. I’m sure that I will write more about it in the future as, though players have cycled in and out, and player characters even more so, we still explore Wei to this day. It even survived our transition from Pathfinder to D&D 5e.

The other significance to come from this campaign is all of 2-Minute Table Top. It was for this game that I really started to resemble a map artist, drawing world maps, battle maps, and buildings. I had been drawing since my childhood and also studied graphic- and fine-art for two years after high school, so it was the natural way for me to bring my world to life.

Taking to the internet

A few months into our adventures the player characters gained possession of a small boat. Having drawn it in Gimp and witnessed how easy it was to print, I thought to share it on r/DnD. It quickly attracted some encouraging feedback! I decided to keep on sharing my maps and, needing a place to host them anyway, I hosted them on Gumroad, a pay-what-you-want storefront.

Map Artist Old 2-Minute Table Top Logo
Our old logo, cute!

Gumroad did well enough and the Reddit comments were urging me on. After a few months, the natural progression was for me to stake out some virtual space and start a website.

I knew that my aim was to make cheap RPG maps and resources that were quick and easy to use – just the things I made for myself every week. In the course of chatting with my brother, he devised the name “2-Minute Table Top.” It hearkened back to my RPG roots in Canada, and also reflected things cheap and easy, and so I went with it. 2-Minute Table Top was born.

At this point in my career, I was drawing a mixture of Japanese-inspired maps for my personal campaign, as well as maps inspired by my travels, video games, and movies. Even now this is my creative model! I began to work on the goal of creating a comprehensive collection of maps and took on a good number of commissions. I was working a job during the night, and drawing in the day, with the dream of going full time.

A Patreon-certified map artist?

Patreon was definitely not as omnipresent then as it is now. Originally, I jumped on there because I saw that it was working out well for Dyson. Back then I was asking a dollar for each map, and it was only a while into my Patreon campaign that that changed.

Since then, Patreon has been steadily growing and growing. Our first significant milestone was that I would start posting my maps for free, and that has been my model since. The maps are completely Patreon-funded, and the generous supporters gain exclusive variants, coupons, and PSD files in return.

Map Artist New 2-Minute Table Top Logo
Our new, flashy logo – wow!

A few years in, I crunched the numbers, quit my night job, and began drawing full time.

Since leaving school I had very little direction. My goals would waft between web design, graphic art, and landscape architecture, but now I had – by divine intervention, it seems – found that being a map artist involved all of those interests.

In the years since I have been using the maps to hone my skills and keep on expanding that library. I like to think that the map quality has surged in proportion to my increased time, but I still have a long way to go!

I’m immensely grateful to my Patrons for helping me do this full time. Day to day I am either collecting inspiration from the world around me or working on something creative and fantastical. The only difficulty is in trying to explain it all to a hairdresser or accountant, but that is a small price to pay for working my dream job!

At the time of writing I have drawn 184 items. You can browse them all here.

Advice for the aspiring map artist

What do I tell people who ask me for advice?

Don’t set out to make a living, but treat this as an artistic hobby or supplement to your campaign.

Develop a habit and enjoyment in studying perspective, textures, and everything-drawing. Do this daily! Buy a small art journal and fill a page every day, and then draw one “real” piece per week. You can probably do this around your job, such as when watching TV. I usually do it while listening to audio books.

This is where I would put my Audible sponsored link, if I had one.

At the very least this will enrich your mind and your campaign. If you’re anything like me, it will also enhance your appreciation for nature and art. Studying art opens your eyes to beauty and design like nothing else.

So, rather than fueling your motivation with the thought of achieving a goal, create a daily process that you enjoy. Success is basically guaranteed if you can manage that, as you won’t be battling against laziness if you are doing something you enjoy. Don’t make it a daily task, nor hinge your enjoyment on the hope of making a living, but on enjoying the day-to-day process whilst still challenging yourself.


A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

Anthony Trollope


Recent Posts

We’re constantly releasing new art and articles on our blog – here’s our most recent:

Dragonship, Rowboat, Viking Longship battle maps, banner

Viking Ship Maps

Heil og sæl, everyone! I wanted to experiment with my own assets and, having recently finished God of War, I decided to choose viking ships as my theme. Inside this pack are the three vessels you see in the preview image, a dragonship, a longsh
Read More
Sailing Ship Map Assets, build your own sailing ship map

How To Build Your Own Ship Map

In this short and punchy guide I will show you, step by step, how to build your own ship map like the one below. I recorded the process (you will see snippets below) and it took me only eight minutes on my first attempt. And if I can do it, so can yo
Read More
How I became a map artist

How I Became An RPG Map Artist

I have been a world builder for as long as I can remember. I wrote stories as a kid, dreamt of creating monstrously huge video games alone as a teenager, and always, always drew. Nothing much came of it though, as none of these things quite clicked w
Read More
Lighthouse RPG battle map, banner

The Lighthouse

A soaring, secluded structure that still stands stubborn and solemn, staring out into the silver southern seas.     This is the base lighthouse that will join our growing collection of set pieces waiting to be furnished to your liking with
Read More
Seaside Precipice RPG battle map, Instagram

Seaside Precipice

Stretching out over a turbulent sea is this rain-washed precipice, the pivotal site of all those stories they tell in town…     I’ve been working on this map alongside a 8×8″ lighthouse set piece which you will be seeing very soon. Though
Read More
Airships & Assets RPG Graphics, Banner

Airships & Assets

This project really *blew up,* and took a few days longer than I thought. No matter, the resulting airships are done and ready to set sail in your Eberron, Spelljammer, or steampunk game.     I’ve mixed in a wide range of levitation devices
Read More
Highland Pass battle map, banner

The Highland Pass

Though you won’t find it on any maps, many a traveller has rested beneath the outspread arms of this nameless statue. Unfortunately, there are those that will take advantage of the peaceful atmosphere… The mist rolled through the valley before
Read More
Cursed Cave battle map, banner

The Cursed Cave

At the end of an icy stream looms an enormous skull of stone. Very few dare approach it, and those that do are changed…     This map was an exercise with some new pens. The thick lines made drawing easy, but coloring more difficult.
Read More
Hero Character Tokens 3, Premade Tokens

Hero Tokens Pt.3

Twenty new hero tokens just came to the 2-Minute Tokens Editor! That makes fifty heroes of all shapes and sizes so far, ready for a coat of paints and a whirl around your virtual table top.     Click the question mark icon in the editor for
Read More
River & Water RPG Textures & Assets, banner

River & Water Assets

By popular request, I have finally got to making some river assets! This pack contains fifty of them, with three tiling water textures and a collection of other watery assets.     I have also put together a demonstration map with this pack,
Read More

@Kurasinski’s Prints

“Two maps and two ships ready for epic RPG session with old friends. Lots of time, glue & cardboards 😉 Thanks Ross!” https://twitter.com/kurasinski/status/1092910349584613377 Looks like your players have quite the voyage ahead Artur, to visit bo
Read More
Buzzard Cliff RPG battle map, banner

Buzzard Cliff

A long time ago, someone erected these three large stones, and nobody has cared (or dared) to topple them yet. A certain feeling accompanies them, perhaps aided by the sea of fog that appears here on nearly every morning…     This battle
Read More
Hero Tokens 2, prefabs

Hero Tokens Pt.2

The Custom Token Editor just received its second content pack, featuring 20 new heroic tokens. They’re ready for recoloring right now, so click through and have fun!     The editor is still in its infancy, but I’m working with some proper w
Read More
Grass & Road Assets, Preview

Grass & Road Assets

Several seamless ground textures and a bunch of assets to lay roads with in your image editor of choice. Basic printable PDFs also included!     Hello everyone! I have another pack for you that falls into the category of boring to look at b
Read More
Papercraft Cottage 3D Battle Map, 3D Preview

The Papercraft Cottage

I wanted to kick the New Year off with something new. And yes, I’ve made a papercraft house before, but this new cottage holds a secret!     I’ve been brainstorming and tinkering and iterating and revising, and this has born “2-Minute Paper
Read More
Volcanic Forge RPG Battle Map, square grid

The Volcanic Forge

Here’s a nice, hot battle map to warm you up this holiday season! Welcome to the Volcanic Forge, the birth place of your world’s legendary MacGuffin.     Lava is pumped up to the surface here, where it irrigates into smelting pools surround
Read More
Town & City RPG Map Tokens, banner

The Town & City Tokens

Built on the back of last week’s Poacher’s Crest map we have our Town & City Tokens pack. Inside you will find 143 buildings, trees, wagons, and other assets!     These tokens are ready for Roll20, virtual table top, or image editor of
Read More
Poacher's Crest RPG Town Map, preview

Poacher’s Crest Town Map

Poacher’s Crest, a thriving trade town at the meeting of the King’s Road and the winding Lynham river. Known for its excellent apples, vibrantly dyed fabrics, smoked game meats, and the fine metalwork of its master whitesmith, Tylsit Burkham.  
Read More
Wonderdraft Map Icons, banner

Wonderdraft Map Icons

Hello again! I’m back from my vacation and have just finished packaging these icons for image editor and Wonderdraft use. You can find the download method at the bottom of this post. 🙂     Inside you will find three files. The Border and N
Read More
Wei Continent RPG World Map, banner

The Provinces of Wei

Welcome to the lands of Fara Wei, or simply “Wei.” I’ve been meaning to draw this for a long time, as it just so happens to be the setting of my own 3+ year old campaign!     The provinces of Wei are the setting of an eternal clash between
Read More
Underdark Terrain RPG Tokens, tokens

The Underdark Terrain Tokens

Hello everyone, the tokens are finally here to accompany our Cave Room Builder pack! Inside you will find 141 tokens of varying bio-luminescence and underdark-y-ness, from mundane rocks to plane-tearing crystals, your everyday mushroom to nirnroot-er
Read More
Buildings RPG battle maps, buildings preview

The Buildings Pack

Hi everyone! After many hours plugging away at it, the Buildings Pack is finally ready. Inside you will find a collection of floor plans, a bunch of compatible roofs (in red AND grey), and a couple of other pieces to customize them with.   &nbsp
Read More
Haunted Garden RPG battle map, banner

The Haunted Garden

Boo! Did I surprise you with another map so soon? So that you can have the whole estate before Halloween (and because I’m going away tomorrow) I’m here with the final piece of our spooky October project…     This is the Haunted Garden, wh
Read More
Haunted Cellar RPG battle map, banner

The Haunted Cellar

What lies beneath a haunted mansion? Why, a haunted wine cellar of course! This map serves as both an atmospheric base for last week’s mansion and as a battle map for its spooky basement.      The entrances to the cellar are outside an
Read More
Haunted Mansion (Furnished), floor 2

Mansion Furniture Tokens

As promised, this is the release of the Mansion Furniture Tokens, paired with a an extra-spooky, fully furnished Haunted Mansion!     I spent an entire half-day cluttering and tweaking the Mansion, and I think that the result is suitably gr
Read More
Haunted Mansion battle map, floor 2

The Haunted Mansion

The first piece to our spooky October project, the unfurnished Haunted Mansion, based on the 1890 residence of Henry R. Towne ESQ.     As you can see, it is quite unfurnished. I wanted to break this project down into modular pieces (se
Read More
Castle Town city map, banner

The Castle Town

An important strategic location on a dreary coastline. An altogether unappealing place to live, and home only to a skeleton crew of soldiers and maintenance workers.     This is a small castle town on the coast, in a defensible location on
Read More
Luminescent Cave battle map, banner

The Luminescent Cave

A glowing cave map suitable for the Underdark or flavorful mountain pass. What lies in wait, in those glowing ferns and blind turns?     This map is ready to go as-is, but I recommend seasoning it with some free Forest Tokens, or one of our
Read More
Cobblestone Highway battle map, square grid

The Cobblestone Highway

Somewhat dull, but endlessly useful! This map pairs well with our forest tokens and buildings; a solid base for an exciting custom map.     This map is ready to go as-is, but I recommend seasoning it with some free Forest Tok
Read More
Battle Map: Volatile Portal map collaboration banner

Forgotten Adventures Portal Collab

Over the last few weeks I have been working with Peter “Stryxin” Peko from Forgotten Adventures to create this fun portal-centric battle map duo!     It takes one powerful portal to cross the bridge between two art styles, so I hope your pl
Read More
Hero Tokens, VTT Tavern Preview Banner

The Hero Token Pack

Fun experiment, or the start of a new series? I would love to hear your opinion!   Till now I have only drawn tokens of furniture, trees, and other objects, but many people have requested hero tokens. So, this is my take on some hand-drawn heroe
Read More
Cave Room Builder, demonstration cavern banner

The Cave Room Builder Set

In the same vein as our recent Dungeon Room Builder, with this pack you can build your very own hand-drawn caverns!   I also have a cave-themed tokens pack cooking, so you will soon be able to fill in your caves with stalagmites, mushrooms, and
Read More
Typical Tavern, rpg battle map floorplan banner

The Typical Tavern

A place visited frequently by nearly every party, no matter their level. You’ll have to come up with your own name though!   It’s been years since I drew a tavern, a staple that you can never have enough of. So, I wanted to draw a “baselin
Read More
Let's Draw a Forest (for RPG Battle Maps) Video

Let’s Draw a Forest

In this video I explain my process for drawing trees, bushes, and underbrush, each with multiple levels of detail. You can draw them quick and dirty, or slow and pretty!   Watch on YouTube for hyperlinked shortcuts: 1:30 Trees 6:25 Bushes 9:52 U
Read More
Mercantile Tokens, banner

The Mercantile Token Set

177 dungeon trap tokens, ready for your map editor or virtual table top!   Tokens take a lot of work to make (especially so many) but I had a lot of fun working on these! I never expected to be drawing pumpkins, battleaxes, and wagons all in the
Read More
Dungeon Room Builder Banner

The Dungeon Room Builder Set

Build your own hand-drawn dungeon with these 60 room pieces! Also, there’s a 22×16″ demo room thrown in. 😉   Inside the download you will find sixty dungeon room components, plus the demo map above, which was made exclusively with s
Read More
Monster Lair RPG Battle Map, Banner

The Monster Lair

Welcome to this vibrant all-purpose cave lair, home to your countryside monster of choice!   Be it a a wild beast living in a natural cave, or a bandit camp furnished with our camping and furniture tokens, I think this will be a fun map to play
Read More
Cave Tunnels battle map tiles, banner

Cave Tunnel Map Tiles

Four tiling cave tunnel sections, the humble beginning to our future cave tile set!   I’m kicking off this much-requested tile set with these woefully generic tunnel sections. Generic yes, but also very necessary! They will soon be the pathways
Read More
Let's Draw caves (for RPG Battle Maps)

Let’s Draw Caves

Join me as I try and explain my cave-battle-map-drawing-method using actual English words. This is the first episode in my new, laid-back, “Let’s Draw” tutorial series, where I talk through how I go about drawing my battle maps. It’s been too long! &
Read More

→ Find more posts like these on our blog