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The World Builders Guild is a DeviantART group that is dedicated to collecting great artwork that will inspire world building.
If you’v never heard of DeviantART then it is the top website for artists – think of it as Facebook for artwork, but it was around long before Facebook ever came into being. So the members of The World Builders Guild are made up of artists and writers who enjoy creating and writing about fantasy worlds they have created.
The Guild features artwork from some of the most skilled artists on DeviantART. The gallery is split up into a number of folders to help you find art that will inspire your world. The folders are:
- Armour Design
- Map Resources
This is where the top artwork from the gallery is presented. It includes a cross section of images from the other folders. If you’d like to get a quick overview of the type of art included in the guild then this is the place to go.
Visit the Featured Folder to see these artists and many more.
Cartography is the art of drawing maps. There are some exceptionally talented cartographers on DeviantART and The World Building School is proud to showcase art from many of them.
I will be featuring more from some of these skilled cartographers on The World Building School as part of the cartography area. So keep an eye out for them shortly.
Visit the Cartography Folder to see these artists and many more.
Environments are different locations that may appear in your world. They vary from vast landscapes of mountains and treetops down to buildings and their interiors. These are the places where your characters will live, explore and interact with other people.
Visit the Environments Folder to see these artists and many more.
The vast array of monsters, animals and other beasts that pop up in . This folder is a great way to start building the ecosystem of your world. Simply open it up and begin browsing through until you find a creature or monster that interests you.
Visit the Creatures Folder to see these artists and many more.
The characters folder includes inspiration not only for the people who live in your world but more importantly for the individuals whose story you will be telling.
Visit the Characters Folder to see these artists and many more.
There is something appealing about the look of a warrior fully clad in steel armour, or a spec ops trooper preparing to abseil down the side of a building. It’s these iconic images that the armour design folder collects. Whether you’re looking for medieval armour or futuristic I’m sure you’ll find the artwork a joy to look through.
Visit the Armour Design Folder to see these artists and many more.
As the name suggests the vehicle folder includes an assortment of vehicles. From steampunk steam paddlers to modern APC’s through to futuristic starships.
Visit the Vehicles Folder to see these artists and many more.
For those writers or artists who are interested in drawing their own maps then the Map Resources folder is where you can find resources produced by other Deviants for drawing maps. There are tutorials on how to draw trees and mountains while other resources include icons that you can directly place onto your map.
Visit the Map Resources Folder to see these artists and many more.
So if you want to find some great inspiration for your world and writing then visit The World Builders Guild.
Note: Copyright to all images included in this article rest with their respective artists.