Tips And Tricks In Making Illustrated Maps

Some of the best illustrators share their golden tips and tricks on how to make beautiful illustrated maps whether hand drawn or by using vectors.

  • According to Benoit Cesari, the colors of his illustrated maps revolved around one symbol or object within the map. The color of that symbol will then be the basis of the other color palette to be used.
  • For the maps composition, Cesari added that it is best to play around using the city’s geography. It’s not necessary for things to be exactly where they are located. Representing buildings with a slightly different shape than the actual or creating monuments bigger than their actual size can give an edge to the design.
  • In Romualdo Faura’s opinion, clarity is very important when it comes to illustrating maps in order to be able to convey proper information to readers. The graphic elements to be used should also be in harmony with one another – color palette should be limited and use those that contrast each other perfectly while typefaces to be used should be two different kinds at the most.
  • Faura also expressed how he starts every illustration – understanding the entire map in order to know which points are essential and should be included. Once it has been understood, one can easily look for a template online by using Google or other resources to start the project.
  • Another time saving tips from Faura is to create your own designs for each of the symbols that are used repeatedly on the map. This way you won’t have to create the same images every single time.
  • Owen Gatley from the United Kingdom revealed how an artist should not worry about things being in their exact geographical position. It is also fun to move symbols and landmarks a little with varying scale to make the illustration more flexible.
  • For someone who draws their illustrated maps by hand like Livi Gosling, it is wise to save time by starting with the important landmarks while waiting for the background to dry. The buildings should be easily recognized in the drawing but not as detailed as necessary because it will take up a lot of hours.