If you are a beginner in making illustrated maps, here is the best place to find tips and tricks on how to make your first creation a good one. Remember that these are just guides and you should let your imagination flow as it is.
- When deciding on the colors you are going to use for your illustrated map, it is recommended to start with a monument or a symbol that best represents the town. For example if you are going to create a map of San Francisco then the center of the attention will be drawn towards the Golden Gate Bridge because it is a famous landmark. It is best to start with the color of the bridge and create the palette based on it.
- When it comes to the map’s composition, it is acceptable to play with the geography of the city you are depicting. The good thing about illustrated maps is that it is not important that establishments and landmarks should be in their exact position. You can play with your design such as changing the scale of things or altering the shapes of some buildings.
- The main goal of a map is to convey information thus the reader should be able to understand it with ease. The graphic elements should complement one another and it is best to use only a limited color palette and typefaces should be a maximum of two to avoid confusion and chaos within the map.
If you are going to use repetitive symbols within your illustrated map such as trees and buildings then it is best to create these set of symbol ahead of time and save it. This will make things easier as you just copy and paste things and your work will be done faster.
- When starting out creating illustrated maps, you might be pressured to represent each of the landmarks and buildings as they are in real life but it does not have to be. Only emphasize the important parts of the map and you can skip the rest. The good thing about these maps is that you can play with the scale and everything does not have to be geographically accurate.