- Series: Artistry
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (April 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633224848
- ISBN-13: 978-1633224841
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Map Illustration: A step-by-step artistic exploration of contemporary cartography and mapmaking (Artistry) Paperback – April 3, 2018
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To finish your map, try to brainstorm little things that are unique to the area to add to your illustration—think food, wildlife, or transport, for example. These extras can be added to fill up open areas. You could draw a cup of coffee to represent a coffee shop, or apples to depict a fruit market.
Making a Map
There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to making a map. If the prospect seems daunting, remember that everything can be broken down into steps. And when you work just one step at a time, you’ll find that the process isn’t as challenging as it may seem.
Start with the roads first, followed by buildings, trees, and any extra special features. Then consider how to label the buildings and landmarks.
Learn how to create a variety of maps!
Neighborhood Map by Henne Haworth
When illustrating a map of a specific area, rather than a big city, you need to identify and choose landmarks and features very specific to that area. For example, this tourist map of Greenwich, one of London’s boroughs on the banks of the River Thames, features restaurants, shops, and cafes unique to the neighborhood, as well as landmarks that probably wouldn’t appear in a more general map of London.
Solar System by James Gulliver Hancock
What I love about this piece is that there are levels to experience. The quirky type, fun colors, and little faces draw in the viewer. Upon realizing it’s the solar system, it might almost hurt the brain a little that things aren’t the right scale—or even close—then you are drawn in again by the facts, and the learning and wonder begins.
Brain Map by Sarah King
The idea for this map came from this anatomical illustration I did a few years ago: a map of the body. This time I wanted to create a map of my brain, using images and words in the correct areas of the brain. I used layouts from traditional illustrated maps of the world as inspiration for the layout.
Lake Garda by Stuart Hill
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. What fascinated me most about my trip here was the ferries that skirted around the towns and villages on the water’s edge. I wanted this map to be about them—these little towns and the routes the boats take, which link all these places together.
About the Author
James Gulliver Hancock feels sick when he’s not drawing. He panics that he may not be able to draw everything in the world… at least once. His obsession with re-imagining his world has seen him work for major print, TV, and music publishing releases, including Coca-Cola, Ford Motors, Herman Miller, Businessweek Magazine, The New York Times, and Simon&Schuster. He has participated in projects in the USA, the UK, Indonesia, Austria, Germany, France, and Australia, taking his whimsical perception around the world.
James grew up in Sydney, Australia, and studied visual communications at the University of Technology, Sydney. In kindergarten, he remembers devising the most complex image he could think of: refusing to move on to the next activity after painting, instead detailing a complex drawing of a city of houses including every detail, every person, and every spider web between every house. He still has the drawing.
In high school, James discovered technical drawing. He has always been obsessed with machines and the way things work, and rendering the meeting of tiny screws in perfect perspective was a delight. This is now married with a love of color, paint, and controlled mess, as well as connecting it to deeper conceptual and philosophical meaning.
James has traveled extensively, including an overland journey from Sydney to London via Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, and Europe. Rolling in a typhoon in the sea between Japan and Russia, he wondered how he’d save his sketchbook when the ship sank. He undertook artist residencies all over Europe and most recently has been living in New York, where he has worked for a wide variety of high-profile clients and taken the city by storm with his personal project, www.allthebuildingsinnewyork.com
Currently he works out of two studios: one in The Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York, and from his homeland studio by the beach in Sydney, Australia.
London-based illustrator Hennie Haworth studied at Brighton University before embarking on her artistic career. Her work can regularly be seen in UK's national newspapers, including The Guardian's food section. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including Converse, Louis Vuitton, Dwell Magazine, GQ Magazine, Royal Mail, Logitech, Hyundai, and Morrisons. Hennie is a regular illustrator for National Geographic's "City Life" articles. She has illustrated several travel-guide adult coloring books for Harper Design: Color London, Color Paris, and the forthcoming Color Chicago. Learn more at www.henniehaworth.co.uk.
Stuart Hill is a freelance illustrator and designer from the flat lands of Lincolnshire, which might explain his fear and fascination of mountains. He graduated from the University of Lincoln, UK, with a degree in illustration. Stuart likes printed textures, handmade type, and riding his bike. He specializes in editorial illustrations, typography, and making maps.
Sarah King is an illustrator from London, England. Her love of travel led to a natural love of maps, and illustrating maps has become a way for her to tell stories of the places she has been. Sarah now lives in Canada, splitting time between the coastline and mountains of British Columbia.
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Stuart Hills guides you throw the process of creating maps digitally, with a lot of tips and techniques like how he achieves a rough/ handmade feeling in his designs. Some tips are only useful if you use Photoshop and Illustrator but most of them can be achieved using other programs.
James Gulliver Hancock shows you how he makes use of both, traditional and digital elements, to achieve organic yet modern illustrations. A lot of inspiration here for city maps as well as other types of informative illustrations (my favorite was the illustrated recipe).
Sarah King shares the traditional skills she uses for map illustration. Unlike the previous artists, her work is mostly black and white and has a very unique style where words are stylized and gracefully blend with the rest of the illustration. A lot of tips for those using pen and ink and even a mixed media approach using markers on wood.
This is not an "absolute beginners guide to cartography" or a project-based book, but it works for anyone who has a desire to express ideas through drawings or try cartography and wants to learn by watching how professionals tackle these type of projects, how cool is that?. *I read it from an eARC
There are a number of map-making tips spread throughout the book, but it seems more time is spent describing how to illustrate map embellishments such as trees and buildings. Each of the artists share an almost whimsical style (as seen on the cover) with cartoonish illustrations and that probably accounts for the number of pages devoted to creating and placing those decorative details.
If the style suits you, the The Art of Map Illustration (Quarto Publishing Group, digital galley) is full of samples and would be a good book to reference for inspiration. Although the artists use a variety of media, the book feels a little repetitive because of the similar illustration styles.
I am creative in some ways, but drawing skipped my gene pool; my sisters gained that natural talent from my mother and grandmother. All the same, as Hennie Haworth opened her section, she shared how to draw a tree, and I thought, "Hey, I could do that!"
One note, though -- while these artists share great suggestions and offer a lot of pictorial ideas, there is some expectation of previously established drawing ability, with this book just to guide you with how to focus that skill to create an engaging map scene (one more example from Haworth's section: she starts with a sketch of a building, then goes into helpful detail as to how she would overlap colors and use pencils and pens for additional texture, but she expects you to know how to draw and just gain insight into how to shade and detail your existing drawing).
For children with digital resources, Hill uses his section to walk through the steps he takes in Photoshop and Illustrator to create his maps.
Plus, this book makes a point that maps can include more than just streets -- one artist has a visual recipe and a pictorial heavy page on how to change a bike tire. Another drew her profile with intricate details on the various parts of her brain based on what they control (short-term memory, etc). They also remind children that it's fine to play with perspective and distance and shrink things closer together to keep the visual interest.
Each section is engaging, with interesting details and helpful tips and closes with a gallery of that artist's work. This book would draw people to flip through it, and if I left it on our table with drawing supplies nearby, I have no doubt either of my girls would get pulled in and want to create a map of their own.
I was given a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Personally I prefer the place map version which are the main feature in this book. There are hand drawn ideas for streets, labelling, adding places of interest and generally illustrated the special feature in a map. There is also a small section on incorporating Photoshop design skills.
I could do things with the ideas in this book.