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Tips for picking the perfect illustrated map

We might be a little biased, but we think an illustrated map is a fantastic way to brighten up your home. Maps have become so much more than functional pieces of paper, helping us to find our way from A to B. Now, they’re fragments of memories on our walls, a way for us to relive the amazing times we’ve had either in our adult lives or as a child.

If you’re thinking about buying an illustrated map, finding a piece that truly reflects you and your home is really important. That’s why we’ve put together a short guide on finding the perfect fit.

10 ways to cultivate a healthy sketchbook habit

There are lots of benefits to having a sketchbook habit, for one it allows you to be in the moment and observe and take in your surroundings. I find that it calms me down, almost like being in a meditative state, and I often will feel more relaxed once I’ve sketched as my mind has had a chance to switch off and just draw what’s in front of me.

Here are 10 ways to get you going if you’re thinking of taking up your own sketchbook habit.

How to Stay Organised as a Freelance Illustrator or Designer

Getting and staying organised is one of the most important parts of the business side of being a freelancer. It can save a huge amount of worrying and headaches, and can make sure you don't lose track of any important leads or lose quality in your work while rushing for a deadline.

I will share with you some of the websites, programs and ways I use to stay organised – this is what has been working for me as an illustrator. I know some of you may be designers or in other fields so see this as a rough guide which can be altered to your needs.

How to make Illustrated Maps

In this article, I'll mostly be using my map of Paris as an example.

It can be great to invent maps and places like some of the legendary world-builders have done like Tolkien, George R. R. Martin and Roald Dahl have done with their characters and worlds. But maps can, of course, also be useful in the real world like in area and city guides. Maps can be a lovely balance between form and function.

In this article I’ll show you how I make mine, and how you could use these 8 steps to make your own maps in your own styles.

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