Meticulously Hand-Cut Paper Maps Pay Homage to Our Favorite Cities

Artist and architect Karen O'Leary creatively expresses her love of structure and clean lines through each of her meticulously hand-cut modern maps.  To the talented maker—she shared in an interview with Martha Stewart Living—each of her maps combines “the places of our daily lives and the memories we cherish into one.” O’Leary is currently selling both custom and ready-to-ship pieces through her Etsy shop Studio KMO.


The Doll Room.

This chamber was only ever to be dwelled in by a girl destined to become a Doll.  

Mostly finished.  There might be a little more added to it in the future.  Took me forever, but mostly because I wanted a lot of detail so I had to make more mini-sprites for it.  It’s not supposed to be very scary, just mysterious, as it’s your safe “Hub” in the game.

Pixel Art Tree Tutorial

When I first started out doing pixel art I couldn’t find a good tutorial on how to make trees. So now that I’m a bit better, I’ve decided to make my own! 

For this tutorial, you’ll need some sort of digital art program. You probably shouldn’t be looking at digital art tutorials if you don’t have a digital art program. I use Pro Motion, but I’m pretty sure that Gimp and Photoshop work too. 

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Parallax Process.

I was asked to do a tutorial, but honestly I’m incredibly sucked dry on time, not to mention horrible at them, so here’s a process step by step for digital.

I know there’s a huge change with the last image - heavy use of gradients, filters, additional layers of color, etc.  If you struggle with using photoshop in such a way, there are a lot of actions you can get from Deviant Art.  

  • Good day New Zealand… today’s #GlobeFacts are about youuuuu!

    The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

    No part of the country is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea. Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world….. and only 5% of NZ’s population is human - the rest are animals…

    NZ is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index….. & New Zealand has more Scottish pipe bands per capita than any other country in the world.

    In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.

    About one third of the country is protected national park….. New Zealand was the last habitable land mass to be populated… and the only land mammals native to NZ arebats. The rest were introduced by Maoris and Europeans.

    Three quarters of New Zealanders living overseas are in Australia & 94% of all prisoners in NZ are male.

  • &… There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand

    There is so much more to this amazing country, add your favourite facts below

    80cm globe being glossed by Kirsty //
Resources - A Thorough-bred, Quality, Top-of-the-Shelf RPG Map Maker to Drool Over

throughout my day, I must use about five to six social media websites within a 2 minuite loop of eachother. A constant stream of digestible information, updates, and news to keep me convinced of my sentience. It was while drudging through the chaotically uncoordinated, battle-scared waste of my Facebook feed that I came across a post from one of my favourite D&D / tabletop orientated pages, Gaming Geeks Etc. It promised me a “pretty good” online map-creation tool, and so I quickly signed up for the beta with my email and hopped in.

Holy hell this is an incredible piece of kit, easily the most functional, intuitive, and versatile of its kind that I have come across. It was immediately impressive with its collection of tools and the customisation within, which allowed for massive detail and effort to not be put to waste. As of currently, I have already updated my personal Pathfinder world, the continent of Maurol, with this wonderful little kit and I am looking to use it even further in the future.

How it works is very simple and ingenious. 

The primary functions are structured around a simple, independent layer system: First layer for shaping land and water, second for the detail added on top. This means that when you are ticking through the various categories of cartographical information to drop onto your sculpted landscape you are never accidentally interfering with different types, like deleting the treeline behind the incorrectly spelled name of the mountain range. Each tool has options to edit its output, such as resizing text, colour of the land, type of mountain, style of city marker, etc.

The only gripes I have currently are low resolutions, few options for text, and the inability to resize the map markers. But they have an open suggestions and feedback menu at the bottom so you can provide your feedback and hopefully see it implemented to everyone’s happiness and joy.

Overall, I cannot recommend this tool enough if you are looking for a priceless alternative to Photoshop or an efficient alternative to Paint.


Pixie x


Also Happy Birthday to me. And you, If it was your birthday.